Product Liability Compensation Claims


It is possible to claim product liability compensation for any physical injury sustained from a defective product as well as any damage to property, however, the damage to the original product cannot be recovered. In order to bring a claim for compensation arising out of an injury caused by a defective product it is necessary to prove:

  1. Damage took place;
  2. The product was defective, and;
  3. The defect and the damage/injury were linked

To claim product liability compensation, the injured party must have actually physically suffered an injury due to a fault in the product. All product liability claims must first go through the Injuries Board, just like any other claim for personal injury, however, there are a number of extra and unique obstacles that must be proven in order to ground a claim. These obstacles are extremely difficult to overcome without the assistance of a solicitor.

It is rare in product liability claims that the Injuries Board will actually make an assessment of damages, the reason being that the manufacturer or retailer will invariably maintain that their product could not possibly have caused the injuries complained of or that their product was being used incorrectly. In this instance the Injuries Board will issue an Authorisation permitting the injured party to issue court proceedings. Under The Liability for Defective Products Act (1991) an injured party has 3 years within which to bring a claim. For more on The Liability for Defective Products Act See our blog post on Defective Products.

If you have a question about this type of claim contact us on Locall 1850 20 40 60, Tel: 01 453 7890 Email us or tell about your case and start your claim today.

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