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Understanding Product Liability

Residents in Montana often rely on consumer goods to get through their day. Whether it is a household item, a motor vehicle, a tool, or an electronic, consumers often do not think about the dangers and risks that could potentially exist with their usage. Nonetheless, defects can and do exist, resulting in serious and even fatal consumer injuries.

Sometimes it's easy to tell when you might have a personal injury claim against the manufacturer or distributor of a machine or piece of equipment. In other situations, however, it takes close investigation to show that how the failure or malfunction of a component played a role.

When a serious injury results from a consumer product, it is important that an injured individual understands what steps could be taken to protect his or her rights and interests. A product liability claim could be a vehicle through which the consumer can hold the negligent party accountable and even recover compensation for losses and damages.

Call (406) 215-4735 for Advice About Product Defect Claims.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Defective Product?

In most cases, product liability claims place liability on manufacturers or sellers. This includes:

  • Product manufacturers
  • The manufacturer of component parts
  • The party that assembles and installs the product
  • The wholesaler
  • The retail store that sold the product to the consumer

Types of Product Defects

There are three types of defects that can serve as the basis for a product liability case.

Design Defects

A design defect occurs when a defect was present in a product from the very beginning. This happens even before the product is manufactured when there is something in the design of the product that is inherently unsafe for consumers.

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