The mind of an inventor is imaginative and exploratory. Innovative products from the light bulb to the airplane to the iPhone X have made our lives exponentially easier and more convenient. Undoubtedly, inventors and designers of products are a vital component to the progression of humankind. However, there are often glitches and subsequent revisions that must be made to the world’s newest products. Consider the evolution of any well-known, history-altering product and the way it has changed since its origin. So, if a product has made its way to the consumer before these revisions, with corners cut in the wake of negligence, the designer of that product could be held liable for any harm done to its users.
Product design liability is an essential legal doctrine that hold’s a product’s designers accountable for the impact of whatever they produce. And in the case that a product harms a consumer or that it has proven subpar to a reasonable safety standard, the designer may be held liable.
If you are faced with a product design defect, there is a key question that must be addressed:
Was the designer aware that they could have made their product safer? In response to this question, a plaintiff is required to demonstrate that there was a foreseeable, alternative and safer design that could have been implemented as well as these critical factors:
- A safer design was feasible- the designer must have been able to create this design
- A safer design was economically feasible- The design could have been modified with a reasonable financial cost
- The product could still operate as intended with a revised design
We at Raynes and Erickson Law Firm are concerned with keeping manufacturers accountable for their product designs. In a world that revolves around the production and evolution of goods, we must all subsequently strive for optimal safety of these products. Please do not hesitate to reach out for legal consultation if you have suffered an injury from a product design defect.