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What are the types of defects in a product liability case?

Most people understand the feeling of disappointment that can accompany a bad purchase. People may feel regret or anger when they buy something that doesn't work right, breaks easily or is poorly made. People may feel as if their hard earned money has gone down the drain.

Product defects go beyond these simple inconveniences and disappointments. Products that have been dangerously made can lead to serious injuries to consumers using the products. These types of product defects can lead to product liability suits.

There are three main types of product defects that can result in a lawsuit. First, there are manufacturing defects. These are defects that occur during the manufacturing process that are not supposed to be present in the products.

The next type of defect is a defect in marketing. These are defects in the product's label, or marketing that do not properly warn consumers about the product. This could include missing or incomplete warnings, instructions or labeling.

Finally, there are design defects. These are defects that are inherently present in the product’s design. So, even when the product is made correctly the defect is still present and can cause injuries.

When a product has one of these defects and injuries occur, the company that made the product may be held liable under product liability laws. Injured people may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and more related to the injuries caused by the defective product. A Chicago product liability attorney can give specific legal advice to people who have been injured by product defects.

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