Although there may be many types of products that can cause injuries, defective product liability lawsuits are grouped into three general categories:
- Defectively manufactured products: A mistake either was made at the factory or at some point before the product was purchased, resulting in a faulty and dangerous product. In these cases, the specific product in question is different from other products that should be identical.
- Defectively designed products: The product is dangerous in some way, even though it was correctly manufactured. These cases do not involve a single faulty product, but rather an entire line of products that are claimed to be unreasonably dangerous.
- Lack of adequate warnings or instructions: The packaging does not give appropriate warning or instructions regarding the proper use of the injury-causing product. These are sometimes referred to as “defective marketing” claims.