The idea of a social contract is more than an idea when it comes to product liability. Faulty units or designs in commercially available items can cause serious damage or severe injuries for users in their homes. As a result, most manufacturers and operators of poor products are often legally liable for the damage or pain they cause.
A recent moment during a highly publicized basketball game between two North Carolina collegiate powerhouses has some people wondering if a product was to blame for drama on the court. A star player injured his right knee less than a minute into the game when he fell after apparently losing his balance. Footage of the incident showed a torn sneaker on his left foot.
The player retired to the locker room, and his college team went on to lose the game. Beyond the potential cost of treatment for this injury, he now faces the difficulties of maintaining his value in the sports market after a serious injury. His eligibility for the professional basketball draft, which can be very lucrative for players, may depend on the outcome of his collegiate play.
If this injury results in lasting or permanent damage, the player may sue the manufacturer for making the shoe that caused it. A legal obligation exists for all sneaker makers to ensure reasonable quality if a shoe is used for its intended purpose and lifespan.
Victims of personal injury caused by others may seek financial damages to assist with recovery or adapting to a new life. An attorney can help victims deal with the consequences of an unexpected accident.