Any time we use a product, whether it’s a smartphone, car, or a boat during the summer, we expect it to operate safely and properly. Manufacturers have a legal responsibility to design and distribute products that meet safety standards. When this does not happen, consumers may be injured as a result. If you have been harmed by a defective boat part, learn how we can help you protect your rights.
UNDERSTANDING PRODUCT LIABILITY
While product liability is difficult to prove, it is not impossible. A product may be considered defective and provide grounds for a viable product liability claim if:
- The product had an inherent design or manufacturing defect, was mislabeled, or was marketed for improper use;
- A consumer was injured while using the product in a reasonably safe and proper manner; and
- The defect was the cause of the consumer’s injuries.
Examples of product or design defects on a boat include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Engine issues
- Malfunction of electrical systems
- Cabin leaks
- Failing pumps
Under product liability law, manufacturers may be sued if they deliver a product to consumers with an unreasonably dangerous defect. Additionally, manufacturers may be held liable if they fail to have adequate warnings or instructions on their product, the absence of which may lead to accident or injury.
If you have been injured in a boating accident caused by an inherent defect in the boat’s design or manufacture, you may be entitled to financial compensation with a product liability claim. At Huffman & Huffman, our Newport News product liability lawyers are not afraid to go up against large corporations in cases involving product and design defects. We’re always fighting to help victims recover financial compensation for the injuries or losses they have experienced after an accident.
Contact us at (757) 599-6050 to learn how we can assist you.
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