Famous examples of product liability cases
We’ll set the scene for product liability by
looking at two high profile cases. Probably the most famous example is the elderly woman who sued McDonald’s for providing her with
scalding hot coffee without a warning. She suffered severe burns when she spilled the coffee and eventually managed to get $200,000
for medical expenses and damages as well as $2.7 million in punitive damages.
In the Escola vs. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. case a bottle of Coca-Cola burst and shattered glass into the plaintiff’s hand. She sustained serious injuries to the muscles and nerve cells in her hands as a result. She filed a Product Liability law suit with experienced lawyers and eventually won the case.
Types of product liability cases
There are three types of product liability situations:
defectively manufactured products and defectively designed product and failure to give
Defectively Manufactured Products
In this case, the design of the product was safe,
but the factory made a mistake during the manufacturing of the product. This is the most common case in product
liability lawsuits. This also means that there might be batches of products that are safe and batches of products
that are not safe. Regardless, you would have to prove that it was the defect caused during manufacturing that caused
your injury and not any reckless action on your part.
Defectively Designed Products
In this case, because the design of the product is defective,
the product is inherently dangerous. Imagine sunglasses without proper UV protection
or a car with an ill-designed engine that has a tendency to burst into flames. Again,
you would have to be able to prove that it was the design flaw that caused your injury
and not your own actions.