Businesses who produce products for public consumption have the responsibility of ensuring that those products are safe to use by their intended market. All goods produced in or imported into Ireland are subject to both EU and Irish laws that ensure the consumer is protected from potential injury. Injuries due to faulty products can result in high payouts even if the injuries sustained are relatively minor.
The law surrounding product liability is divided into three sections:
1. Design Defects: The product is designed in such a way that makes consumers susceptible to injury.
2. Manufacturing Defects: Products are produced using bad quality materials or shoddy workmanship which is likely to cause harm to potential consumers.
3. Marketing Defects: Users should be warned of the dangers of using the product incorrectly and consumers should be informed of the minimum recommended age for using the product.
Product Liability Claims can be made in relation to a wide range of consumables from children’s toys to medical devices to food products. One key requirement to making a product liability claim is that you visit a doctor or medical centre to document your injuries. Calling an experienced Personal Injury Solicitor* is the best way to bring your claim through the Personal Injury Assessment Board (PIAB) here in Ireland. McSweeney Solicitors have vast experience in dealing with these claims. If you would like any help or advice in making a claim, give us a call today or fill out the contact form below.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage of any award or settlement.