Product Liability and Wrongful Death

In today’s fast-paced world, consumers rely heavily on various products to enhance their lives, from everyday household items to advanced technological gadgets. However, what happens when these products turn out to be defective, resulting in tragic consequences such as wrongful death? Product liability and wrongful death cases shed light on the critical intersection between consumer rights and manufacturer responsibilities.


Ensuring Consumer Safety in the Marketplace

Product liability laws exist to safeguard consumers from defective products. Manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers bear the responsibility of ensuring that the products they bring to market meet safety standards. When a product defect leads to injury or death, those involved in its design, manufacturing, or distribution may be held liable for the damages caused.


Consequences of Defective Products

Wrongful death occurs when individuals lose their lives due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct. In the context of defective products, wrongful death cases often arise from preventable defects that result in fatal accidents or injuries. Such cases highlight the devastating consequences of product defects on families and communities.


Examples of Defective Products Leading to Wrongful Deaths

1. Automotive Defects

An example of an automotive defect involves faulty airbags which were found to deploy with excessive force, causing serious injuries and fatalities among vehicle occupants. The ensuing recall and legal actions highlight the severity of the consequences when automotive products fail to meet safety standards.


2. Medical Devices

Defective medical devices pose significant risks to patient’s health and safety. Instances of faulty pacemakers and surgical implants have led to wrongful deaths and serious injuries. Manufacturers have faced legal consequences for concealing known risks associated with their products, emphasizing the need for strict supervision and accountability in the medical device industry.


3. Household Products

Even seemingly harmless household products can pose risks if they are defective. Cases involving defective children’s toys, electronics, and appliances have resulted in tragic outcomes, including wrongful deaths. These cases highlight the importance of thorough testing and adherence to safety standards across all product categories.


Consumer Rights

When it comes to consumer rights, it’s essential to understand that individuals have the legal right to seek compensation for injuries or wrongful death caused by defective products. This includes the right to pursue legal action against negligent manufacturers and other parties responsible for the product’s defect. Product liability laws are designed to protect consumers from harm and hold companies accountable for their actions, serving as a crucial safeguard against corporate negligence.


Proving Negligence

In product liability and wrongful death cases, proving negligence on the part of the manufacturer is key to securing compensation for the affected families. This often involves conducting thorough investigations, gathering evidence, and enlisting the expertise of qualified professionals, such as forensic engineers and medical experts. By building a strong case, the affected families can seek justice for their loved ones and hold manufacturers accountable for their actions.


Manufacturers Responsibilities

Manufacturers have a legal and ethical responsibility to prioritize consumer safety in the design, production, and distribution of their products. This includes conducting rigorous testing, adhering to industry standards and regulations, and promptly addressing any reports of defects or safety concerns. Failure to uphold these responsibilities puts consumers at risk and can also result in significant financial and reputational damage to the company.



Product liability and wrongful death cases emphasize the critical importance of consumer rights and manufacturer responsibilities in today’s marketplace. As consumers, we place our trust in the products we use every day, expecting them to be safe and reliable. When this trust is betrayed due to negligence or misconduct on the part of manufacturers, the consequences can be devastating. By holding manufacturers accountable for their actions and advocating for stronger consumer protections, we can strive to prevent future tragedies and ensure that justice is served for the affected families of wrongful death cases.


If you find yourself struggling with the aftermath of a wrongful death or injury caused by a defective product, Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers are here to support you through this difficult time. Our dedicated team is experienced in handling product liability cases, striving to hold negligent manufacturers accountable for their actions and secure the compensation you deserve. 


Call us at 503-669-3426 today for a free consultation to explore your options and let us help you navigate through the legal process with compassion and determination.

Emery Wang

Emery Wang

Emery Wang has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. While attending Lewis & Clark law school, Emery worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and since then has been a full time personal injury lawyer.

Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.

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