Many of us are familiar with warning labels on the products we purchase. Something as simple as the plastic wrap around a toy is likely to come with a “suffocation” warning hazard for children.
And this is a good thing; warning labels are extremely beneficial. They help remind us all of the dangers of a consumer product that we may not necessarily consider in the moment we open the package.
Unfortunately, some products fail to come with adequate warnings and such inadequacy often results in injury or even death to consumers.
What are a manufacturer’s duties when creating warning labels?
Under the law, manufacturers and others placing products on consumer shelves have a duty to include adequate warning labels on their products. Such warnings should:
- Instruct users on how to use a product in a safe way to avoid injury
- Warn users about hidden present dangers
Common consumer example
For example, if a consumer purchases a lamp and that lamp requires the use of an LED light to prevent overheating, the manufacturer should include warning labels that indicate the recommended use of LED lightbulbs due to safety issues.
Without this warning, consumers may choose a different light bulb and subject themselves or their loved ones to a burn or other injury.
What should you do if you’ve been hurt by a defective product?
If you are injured by a defective product, it could be because of the manufacturer’s failure to warn you. Seeking a legal advocate who can investigate the product and your claim is a good first step to determine whether you have a cause of action.
It’s important to keep all records regarding your medical care so they can be part of your case in the event a product liability lawsuit is filed.