When a person seeks medical treatment, it is with the expectation that the care given will meet a certain standard. West Virginia patients also have the right to expect that medical implants and medical devices used for medical treatment are safe. When dangerous medical devices cause harm, patients have the right to seek compensation through a products liability claim.
Some consumer products have hidden dangers that threaten the health and safety of every West Virginia resident. Among the most hazardous are dangerous or defective medical implants or equipment, such as hip replacement parts. When consumer products cause harm to innocent people, victims may consider a products liability claim in order to obtain rightful compensation.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to produce products that are safe for consumers, with correct labels and clear warnings of possible hazards. However, not all manufacturers do this, marketing products that place innocent consumers at risk of injury or illness. In fact, some of the most commonly used products may contain products that are harmful, such as cosmetics. Products liability claims may be an option for some West Virginia consumers.
A defective medical device can cause serious complications, resulting in continued health problems, infections or even death. When a West Virginia patient suffers because a defective or dangerous product was implanted into his or her body, it is entirely within one's rights to gain an understanding of the legal remedies available. A products liability claim may be an appropriate way for a victim -- or the surviving family of a deceased victim -- to recover financial losses associated with an extended recovery.
It is frustrating and overwhelming when an innocent West Virginia consumer suffers because of a dangerous product. When manufacturers fail to warn consumers of possible risks or mislabel products, victims may consider filing products liability claims in order to recover related losses. Recently, the FDA has released a warning to consumers regarding the risk of taking certain products that claim to enhance male sexual performance.
Many consumers in West Virginia and throughout the United States purchase produce in grocery stores or markets that have been imported from other countries. In a recent case, hundreds of people have reportedly fallen ill, and the suspected source of their illnesses has been linked to cucumbers. A manufacturer, sales agent or other member of the consumer supply chain can be held accountable in a products liability case when a consumer who has been injured or made ill from a purchased product chooses to file a legal claim in a civil court.
Consumers in West Virginia may be affected by a few product recalls issued recently. The products said to have defects include dry erase boards and magnetic boards, children's sweaters and wall ovens. People who end up getting hurt due to using defective products have the right to file products liability claims against the manufacturers of the products.