Consumers have the right to expect that the products they purchase are safe or that they will be warned of any possible safety issues. Even with the best intentions, companies inevitably put unsafe products on the market. To protect themselves from liability they purchase product liability insurance and employ highly skilled lawyers. These cases can be very complex but an experienced lawyer can assist you if you or a loved one has been injured.
One of the interesting aspects of products liability law in Virginia is that the negligence of the user is not fatal to the claim. Foreseeable misuse is something the manufacturer of the product has to take into account before placing the product in the marketplace. As a result, for what the law calls a "breach of warranty", the manufacturer can be liable even if the consumer does not use the product exactly as it was intended.
Defective products can appear in all areas of life, from the tires on the car to the kids' toys. Design defects, manufacturing defects, failure to warn of safety concerns, and breach of warranties are all types of products liability cases. If you are injured by a defective product, you may be able to recover for your injuries from the manufacturer, the distributor, the supplier, or the retailer.