Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates
Make An Appointment, Call Today
318-230-7016 | 800-660-5448
Open Main Navigation »

Do warning labels reduce liability?

You have probably seen warning labels on the products you use on a daily basis. You will find most products you buy in Louisiana carry a warning label. Some are very straightforward and helpful, such as a warning to use a chemical cleaner in a ventilated area. Others are odd and even comical, such as a warning to not put people in a dryer or to use a waffle iron only to cook food. One reason why so many products carry these labels is to protect the manufacturer from liability.

The Insurance Journal reports warning labels are a legal protection for a company against someone using the product incorrectly and trying to sue when they or someone else gets hurt. Part of product liability law is when a product has inadequate instructions or warnings. If the manufacturer fails to include proper instructions for how to use and how not to use the product and a consumer uses the product and gets hurt, the manufacturer is liable. People claim they did not know a product was not supposed to be used in a certain way and that the company is liable. This leads us to the warning labels. 

Warning labels allow companies to prove the negligence was on the part of the consumer. If it can prove that in court, then the ruling will be against the consumer, and the company wins the case. So, those warning labels, even the silly ones, can be important to the companies making the products. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Honors and Awards

2003-2015 "Best Lawyers in Shreveport / Bossier City"
by SB Magazine

2007 Chamber of Commerce
Minority Business Woman of the Year

Member
National Bar Association
American Bar Association
Trial Lawyers Association
Louisiana Bar Association

Visit our Office Locations:

Bossier City Office
401 Hamilton Road
Suite 110
Bossier City, LA 71111

Toll Free: 800-660-5448
Phone: 318-230-7016
Fax: 318-746-5998
Map & Directions

West Monroe Office
101 N. 2nd Street
West Monroe, LA 71291

Toll Free: 800-660-5448
Phone: 318-230-7016
Fax: 318-746-5998
Map & Directions

  • National Bar Association
  • ABA American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Serving the Public. Serving the Profession.
  • The National Trial Lawyers - The Association