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Defending against product liability claims: a look at some legal basics in Ohio, P.4

This is the fourth in a series of posts looking at some of the basic features of Ohio law concerning liability for product defects. So far, we’ve looked at several types of product defects, including manufacturing and design defects, as well as failure to provide adequate warnings and instructions. As we’ve noted, each of these categories of product defects involves specific rules governing when, and to what extent, manufacturers and designers are liable for defects.

Ease of 3-D printing presents liability questions for hospitals

There's no question, 3-D printing is an amazing technology. If you can imagine it, you can program these devices to create it. Just a few years ago, few people had even heard of the process. Today, in Ohio, there are a number of companies that offer printers or printing services. Using them is so easy that even grade-schoolers are creating prototype artificial limbs.

Defending against product liability claims: a look at some legal basics in Ohio, P.3

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the issue of product liability, specifically with respect to manufacture and design defects. Another important type of product defect claim is failure to provide adequate warning or instruction about a product’s risks.

Defending against product liability claims: a look at some legal basics in Ohio, P.2

Last time, we began looking at Ohio law concerning manufacturing defects. As we noted, Ohio law recognizes several types of product liability claims. In addition to manufacturing defects, there are also design and formulation defects.

Defending against product liability claims: a look at some legal basics in Ohio, P.1

For Louisiana businesses which design, manufacture, or distribute consumer products, managing liabilities surrounding those products is an important, ongoing task. Businesses not only need to establish sound testing and quality control procedures, but effectively address product liability claims when they arise.

What are some common defenses against product liability claims?

The success of retailers, manufacturers and distributors depends on the performance and reputation of their products in the marketplace. This makes properly mitigating the outcome of product liability claims essential to business.

When a dangerous product is unavoidably dangerous

When people buy products, they assume the products will be safe and free from defects. If they get sick or hurt by a product, they may then assume that they can file a product liability claim. However, just because a product is unsafe doesn't mean the manufacturer, distributor or seller is responsible for damages.

Injured parties: Are they to blame for their own injuries?

Reports of product recalls and defects are shared all the time in news stories and social media. All it takes is for one person to get hurt and file a lawsuit -- or even lodge a complaint on a company's Facebook page -- and suddenly it seems like the only thing to do is to immediately pull the unsafe product from the market.

On product liability and the complexities of these cases

Imagine that a product that a company sells to the public suddenly starts failing and people start getting hurt as a result. The product and company in this case don't need to be specific -- product liability cases like this arise all the time. But what is interesting about these situations is that often the public will immediately assume the worst. They will assume the company was at fault or that the company did something nefarious.