Product Liability Claims
* As consumers, whether companies, public institutions, or as individuals, we have a right to expect that any products we purchase in Ireland are safe and will not cause us injury or damage. If we purchase food, we rightly expect it not to poison us, we expect baby products not to break into small parts, thus posing a choking hazard, and we expect toiletry products not to cause burns or other skin injuries. Within Ireland and the EU, stringent regulations exist to protect our health and safety when using any type of product.
Lavelle Partners product liability Solicitors can advise and represent any party who has suffered loss or injury due to a defective product. Our product liability claims team will determine who the at-fault party is (this is not always immediately apparent), and bring a robust case against them.
Product liability in Ireland falls into four areas of law; statutory, tort (negligence), contract law, and criminal.
What is the main product liability legislation in Ireland?
Liability for Defective Products Act 1991
Under statutory law within Ireland, the Liability for Defective Products Act 1991 (the 1991 Act) covers product liability. The Act states that the ‘producer’ of a defective product will be held liable for any damage caused. A producer in this sense may include:
- the manufacturer or producer of a finished product
- the manufacturer or producer of any raw material
- the manufacturer or producer of a component part of a product
- a person who processes soil, of stock-farming, fisheries or game products
- any person who puts their name on a trademark
- any person who has imported the product into a Member State from a place outside the European Communities
The 1991 Act removes the need for claimants to prove negligence by a producer; however, they must show the product was defective, and this defect caused the injury. In addition, the 1991 Act only covers defective and dangerous products, not ones which are just poorly made, but not dangerous.
Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980
In addition to statutory law, product consumers are also afforded legal protection by the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980 (the 1980 Act). The 1980 Act states products must be merchantable, of reasonable quality, fit for purpose and ‘as described’.
General Product Safety Regulations 2004
The General Product Safety Regulations 2004 (the 2004 Act) makes it a criminal offence to sell dangerous or unsafe products in Ireland.
Why choose Lavelle Partners to assist you with Product Liability?
- We are trusted members of the Law Society of Ireland’s Negligence panel.
- We are a partner-led firm, meaning the partner you meet will manage your case and be available to you if you have any questions.
- Our Solicitors are approachable, intelligent, and pragmatic. When it comes to handling product liability disputes, we will assess your situation objectively and provide a clear strategy to move your matter forward.
- Lavelle Partners is a full-service law firm – meaning our clients benefit from advice and representation which is considered from all possible legal perspectives. This affords our clients a considerable advantage in product liability matters.
- We have a robust track record of handling some of the more complex product liability claims and disputes in Ireland and will provide you with the benefit of our experience and knowledge.
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For further information regarding Product Liability in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800.