The High Cost of Fake Goods
Fake goods can come from anywhere and be sold by anyone. These products can appear very similar to the authentic item but may have critical flaws that can cause severe injury or death. While most people avoid purchasing these types of knockoffs, the reality is that they are becoming increasingly difficult to spot, and it is not uncommon to see them on store shelves. In the modern era, "consumer beware" is a mantra that everyone should consider before making every purchase.
Counterfeit medicines are inherently dangerous and a growing cause of product liability claims. They may not contain the appropriate dosage of a drug. They may not contain any of the necessary active ingredients. They may be contaminated with harmful ingredients such as Fentanyl that can result in severe injury or death. These counterfeit products are a public health hazard of growing concern. In the United States, internet pharmacies are among the largest distributors of fake medicines.
Fake Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium-Ion batteries are expensive, and when a good deal seems too good to be true, there is a good chance the battery is counterfeit. Counterfeit batteries can ignite fires, explode, and cause chemical burns or toxic inhalation.
Counterfeit Car Parts
eBay, Amazon, and other online marketplaces have made it easy for counterfeiters to sell poorly made knockoff car parts. Counterfeit tires, car batteries, engine components, and other parts are an imminent threat to safety. These can fail while the vehicle is in motion, which can result in a potentially lethal collision.
Product Liability and Counterfeit Parts
Most counterfeit products are manufactured outside the United States. This makes it challenging to track down the producer. Manufacturers of counterfeit goods know this and recognize the complex logistics of pursuing claims against them for their malfeasance.
But that doesn't mean there aren't options. While you may not recover compensation from the actual producer of the counterfeit goods, there are others in the chain of distribution you can pursue. Any entity that marketed or distributed the goods might be liable even if they did so unknowingly. This includes a retail outlet, the online platform operator, or the advertising agency that created the ads for marketing the product.
Contact Welmaker Injury Law at (210) 828-6033 for more information about product liability claims. Whether you were injured by the real deal or a bad deal, we can help you recover compensation for your injuries.