When a product causes injury or death to consumers, many people automatically think the manufacturer will be held liable or at fault. The truth is, most product liability claims must go through legal channels. Sometimes, the manufacturer admits liability and agrees to a settlement; other times, the case goes to court and is decided either for or against the plaintiff.
According to Louisiana law, some conditions must be met before a product is classified as unreasonably dangerous. The product's design many be dangerous or the materials that make up the product may be dangerous. In some cases, a product is seen as dangerous because the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warning about a function, part or other area of the product that could be dangerous. If the manufacturer provides any sort of express warranty regarding a product, and the product fails to meet that claim -- especially in a way that can cause injury - -then a case may also exist.