Even though there are some products on the market that are supposed to be safe, they might harm you. Consumer protection laws protect you.
It’s pretty much a given that at some point in time, some manufacturer will put something on the market and it turns out to be dangerous or defective and causes someone serious harm, or kills them. There are countless examples of these kinds of items that range from children’s cadmium filled jewelry to the Prius recall.
So what protects consumers like you and me from these products? The short answer is consumer protection laws. In a nutshell, these laws are government regulations that protect you and me, which isn’t to say that we may still not be harmed by a dangerous product, but with these regulations, we have a way to hold the manufacturer accountable.
When it comes to public health and safety, these particular laws may actually mandate that businesses roll out all the information they have about the various products they make and distribute. The area that most people are familiar with is food and drugs. No doubt you will immediately know the name Food and Drugs Administration otherwise referred to as the FDA. It only makes good sense that drugs are heavily regulated, although in some cases, regulations or not, harm still comes to consumers by taking the drugs.
It should go without saying that consumer rights are directly tied to consumer protection. After all, as consumers of the goods that are produced for the marketplace, we have various rights that can’t be trampled on by companies making items for our consumption. You’ll probably know immediately that our first and primary right is to “not” be injured by something that was marketed as being safe.
If someone “is” harmed by a product, we have ways to hold them accountable. The main method is to file a defective/dangerous product lawsuit. Manufacturers must be held to a high standard if they are going to be making items that we would use on a daily basis. If we use the products because we assume they are safe – because the maker said they were – if that product harms us, we have recourse to bring them to justice.
If you have been harmed by a product that was marketed as being safe, and it wasn’t, speak to a competent personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are. Keep in mind that just because a product didn’t work like it was supposed to work does not mean it is defective or dangerous. This is something to need to discuss with a seasoned attorney.