Defective product personal injury compensation claims encompass a wide range of issues including defective manufacture; design and marketing of consumer products; pharmaceuticals; bio-mechanical devices and any other manufactured or packaged articles. Liability for negligence depends on the common law, on national and local legislation and on EU directives which now dominate this area of law.
A defective product case is usually a claim for personal injury compensation with the damages award being dependent on the extent of the injury, the recovery period and the presence of any residual disability.
Irish law relating to product liability is now, in the main, harmonious with EC law which aims to unify defective product legislation across the entire European Union. Irish law on consumer protection which was previously based on the law of negligence has effectively become subservient to EU directives including the Liability for Defective Products Act 1991 which was enacted to comply with the EC Directive on Product Liability 85/374/EEC.
To assist you we have compiled a list of defective product injuries categories, although this is not exhaustive. In general terms, a product may be deemed to be unsafe if that product causes loss or damage and thereby is actionable by a personal injury solicitor.
There is a 2 year time limit to making a personal injury compensation claim from the date of the accident, so it’s advisable to seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation. It’s often easier to investigate your accident claim if you begin proceedings quickly.
If you would like us to help you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with Reg.8 of SI 518 of 2002.