The Chain of Distribution in Product Liability
Posted on Jun 8, 2016 6:05pm PDT
If you’ve been injured from a defective product, one of the first
questions you may ask yourself is, “Who do I hold responsible?”
There are a number of parties and entities that play a role in the creation
of the defective product. To determine who is liable, however, you’ll
need to look at the chain of distribution.
At the start of a product’s chain of distribution is the manufacturer.
Manufacturing companies can range in size – whether it be a multi-million
dollar corporation or a small family-owned company, manufacturing companies
hold the same responsibility to deliver products that do not put its users
at risk. If the defective product is a smaller component of a larger product,
you should include the manufacturer of the defective part and the company
that manufactured the larger product. For example, if you’re driving
a car with defective airbags, you could name both the airbag manufacturer
and the car manufacturer as defendants.
Although the store in which you purchased the product had no direct participation
in its defect, you can still hold the retailer responsible for selling
you the product. Individuals who pursue a product liability claim often
feel as though they must choose one defendant over the other. As a plaintiff,
you can name multiple defendants in your case, especially if more than
one party or entity is liable.
After a product is designed and manufactured but before it reaches the
retailer, there are wholesalers and distributors who act as liaisons.
Because of their involvement of the product’s distribution, they
should be named as defendants in your claim.
At Laurence A. Silverman, Esq., our Long Island product liability lawyers
can serve as your personal allies. We offer aggressive advocacy when you
need it most, because our firm understands that the road to recover is
too difficult to face alone.
Let us pursue justice on your behalf. Call (631) 925-2117 today or contact
us online to
schedule your case evaluation.