Numerous pickle products were recently recalled across the state of Ohio. The recall was voluntary and was put into effect because the products were not inspected prior to shipping out. No one has yet reported any illness as a result of consuming the products, though it may take time for any such claims to come forward.
Keeping Your Family Safe
It is vital that you keep current on product recalls in order to protect your family from dangerous food and other products. One central site can help you know which products have been recalled, from vehicles to medicine to pickles.
When Food Makes You Sick
Even if you try to stay up to date on recalls, you are bound to miss one or, even worse, experience a faulty product that has not yet been recalled. If a food product makes you ill or you discover another fault in a product, first ensure the health and safety of your family. Then, contact the manufacturer to report the issue. You may save others from harm by initiating a recall if the company believes the defect to be widespread.
If the issue is minor, many manufacturers will also willingly offer some form of compensation, often in the form of free product. If the illness or injury is severe or costly enough that you would like to seek damages, your next call should be to an experienced personal injury lawyer, who can help you determine how to proceed.
Liability and Compensation
The good news is that companies can be held liable for defective products. In some cases, the supplier may also be liable if their actions caused the defect or misrepresentation of the product. However, you must be able to prove that the product was, in fact, defective because it:
- Did not meet the design specifications, formula, or standards of the manufacturer when it left the manufacturer
- Used a formula or design for which the foreseeable risks outweighed the benefits
- Did not include adequate warnings or instructions
- Did not match the manufacturer’s representation of the product.
Once a defect is proven, you still have to show that the defect caused the harm for which you are seeking compensation and that the manufacturer actually produced the product in question.
Compensation for personal injury as a result of a defective product varies widely. Ohio caps damages at $250,000 for cases in which pain and suffering are the only factors. However, for cases in which economic loss is also claimed, the cap extends to three times the loss with a maximum of $350,000 per plaintiff. The precise amount for your case is best determined with the assistance of an experienced Dayton product liability attorney.
An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If a defective food or other product has impacted you or your family, contact the personal injury attorneys at The VanNoy Firm today. Law restricts your time to file suit, so do not wait. Make sure you have a dedicated and knowledgeable Dayton lawyer by your side to guide you through the court system.