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Product Liability (Overview) – by Owen Cromb

In Ontario, manufacturers and merchants are responsible for the quality and safety of the products and equipment they make and sell.

If a product is defective, fails to perform as expected, or fails to carry the proper warning labels and instructions for use, a consumer may be able to pursue legal action to hold the manufacturer liable for any harm or damages caused as a result of the dangerous product.

Ensuring consumers are aware of potential dangers related to use of a product is the reason one often sees warning labels for risks that seem obvious. Reducing the risk of liability covers the manufacturer from unwanted claims, while attempting to protect the consumer from unexpected harm. Some of the most frequent product liability claims are seen in the automobile industry with failing car parts; in the children’s toy industry, which is why one often sees toys being recalled; and in the medical aid industry, with issues ranging from faulty pacemakers to broken walkers.

As with many litigation claims, product liability lawsuits are sometimes settled out of court before a trial  begins. Other times, litigation can prove to be a lengthy and complex process. The best course of action is to choose experienced product liability lawyers in Ontario who can best advise you on how to proceed. If you have purchased a defective product, our lawyers can assist you in recovering damages and compensation, even if the manufacturer is not a Canadian company.

If you have questions about product liability, contact Ferguson Deacon Taws to assist you. Call FDT Law today at 1-800-563-6348.

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