There are no federal laws that protect you when a defective product led you to become injured. However, each state has various product liability laws at play. In Indianapolis, there is something called “the act” in play titled appropriately, “Indiana Product Liability Act”. This act is in place to prevent negligence and protect users from negligent manufacturers.
There are three types of defects that could fall under this act: design defect, manufacturing defect, or defects in marketing.
- Design defects covers products that are unreasonably dangerous and could have been designed in a safer way. There must be a safer alternative design that can be given as proof of the defected by design product. When safe protocol is taken during the design, the product can still become defective during manufacturing process.
- Manufacturing defects are mostly unintended while design defects can be seen as intended.
- Defects in marketing is when the manufacturer leaves out proper instructions or warnings regarding the product they have manufactured leaving consumers vulnerable to be a victim of injuries and negligence.
However, if a consumer has modified or altered the product before the product caused any injuries, they will not have a case.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a unaltered product that falls under one of these defect categories reach out to Riley Williams & Piatt. You’ll need a product liability lawyer who is experienced with a broad range of Indianapolis product liability cases, so call us for a free consultation. We can help you determine if you have a strong case under product liability laws or not.