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What constitutes a dangerous product?

Individuals in Wisconsin and elsewhere rely on a wide range of consumer goods to get through their day. Whether they realize it or not, one can use a multitude of products without even considering the possibility that a product could be defective. The reality is that even a minor manufacturing error could cause a consumer to suffer serious or fatal harms.

What constitutes a dangerous product? A dangerous product is one that is considered to be defective based on errors that occurred during the design or manufacturing of the product or when the warnings for the product were attached to a specific product. When a consumer is harmed by a dangerous or defective product, the real question at hand is who is responsible for the injuries and damages suffered?

If the seller of the defective product is in the distribution chain of that product, then those sellers are held responsible for injuries suffered by a defective product. The law requires that a product meet the ordinary standards and expectations of a consumer. In other words, when a product has an unexpected defect or becomes dangerous, this product cannot meet these expectations or standards.

Depending on the type of defect, one or multiple parties could be held responsible for the resulting injuries and damages This includes the product manufacturer, the manufacturer of component parts, the party that assembles or installs the product a wholesaler, or the retail store that sold the product.

An injured consumer is likely shocked and confused by the situation. It is important he or she understands the situation and what rights they might have. A products liability action could help the consumer seek and recover damages for injuries and losses suffered.

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