Schmitt Law Firm, LLC

December 2017 Archives

What are the types of product defects?

Product defects fall into at least one of three categories: design, manufacturing and marketing. A marketing defect is sometimes termed "a failure to warn" defect and is why some people joke about products that carry seemingly nonsensical warnings. Interestingly, many people purchase cotton swabs for use in the ear canal and yet the packages carry warnings that people should not use them for this purpose. They can injure the ear and damage hearing.

Is General Motors creating a new market for deadly distraction?

Self-driving cars may be on the horizon, but some car companies are already ignoring the driver in their decisions. General Motors has created a new app that gives drivers the power to make purchases using their infotainment systems. We can now add dashboard shopping to the list of things drivers can do rather than pay attention to the road.

Parents should not assume toys are safe

Toy manufacturers face enormous pressure to succeed this time of year. Having the top toy of the season can make or break an entire year. That pressure may contribute to situations where an unsafe toy is manufactured and sold before the danger it poses can really be understood. For those looking to buy gifts for a child this year, it is easy to assume that toy makers or federal regulators have taken the proper steps to ensure that the products on the shelves are safe. That assumption is, sadly, unsupported by the weight of history.

Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.