Defective Products can cause permanent injury or illness.
In the case of “consumer” type goods – ie those acquired for personal, domestic or household use – substantial compensation is available for injuries caused by safety issues and will other defects. This liability extends to cover not only the buyer of the products but subsequent users or owners.
Goods costing less than $40,000 are also considered to be consumer goods.
People using such goods are entitled to expect that they are of acceptable quality, free from defects, safe and durable.
The legislation that applies to product liability claims is Parts V and VA of the Trade Practices Act and Parts 3-5 and 5-4 of the Australian Consumer Law.
Medical devices, home appliances, garden tools, pharmaceuticals, office equipment are just a few of the categories in respect of which injury compensation liability for the consequences of any defects extends to users.
Such claims are typically bought against the supplier or manufacturer and usually relate to defects in a component, the design of the product or its assembly.
Your Defective Product Lawyers can also answer any questions you have about the claims process, and explain how compensation is calculated. Some cases may be eligible for a no-win, no fee arrangement (your lawyer will advise you on your eligibility for this type of arrangement).
You may additionally be able to claim in relation to a product defect injury if unable to work due to sickness, disability, or a permanent injury resulting from a defective product, through your super as a Total and permanent disability (“TPD”) or income protection claim.