When a company engages in false advertising for one of its products, it can be sued for that offense. Many people do not consider this to be a big deal, but in fact, false advertising can cause serious potential injuries for anyone who relies upon false or misleading information. But why is false advertising considered a personal injury issue, and what does that mean for people who suffer harm from deceptively marketed products?
What is False Advertising?
In simple terms, false advertising refers to any type of advertisement, marketing, or labeling that conveys false or misleading information about the product it is advertising. This could include television advertisements that show people using a product in a way it is not intended to be used, or it could include showing an electronic device that is not waterproof being used in a bathtub or pool. It may also include labeling for food or medication that promises health benefits that it cannot actually guarantee.
Why is it a Personal Injury Issue?
When a product is falsely advertised, it can lead people to use a product in a way that it was not intended, increasing the likelihood it will break or malfunction, or otherwise cause harm to its user. Consumers may rely on promises of safety or security that a product cannot actually maintain, or rely on a product’s alleged health benefits to assist with real medical issues. This can lead them to inadvertently hurt themselves by simply mimicking what a product says it does.
What Can Happen to People Hurt By False Advertising?
There are many ways a falsely advertised product can injure someone. For example, take the non-waterproof electronic device that someone brought into the bathtub. In the best case scenario, it is likely to be damaged by the water and become non-functional; in the worst case scenario, it could electrocute the user, potentially causing severe injuries.
In the case of falsely advertised food and medicine, the effects can be just as drastic. Someone may have a medical condition that limits their diet, and may eat food they believe to be safe for them that is actually unsafe to eat. Meanwhile, they may take a medication they believe will help with a medical condition, only to find out the medication does not help them (delaying effective treatment) or actively hurts them (resulting in illness or injury).
What if You Are Hurt By a Deceptively Advertised Product?
If you or someone you know has been hurt as a result of false advertising, you should speak to a lawyer with experience handling personal injury cases. They can help you explore your legal options and obtain justice for the harm you have suffered. The sooner you call, the sooner they can get to work on your case.
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact the Tennessee personal injury lawyers at the Keith Williams Law Group. With convenient offices located in Nashville and Lebanon, our lawyers will work with you to create a litigation strategy that protects your legal rights and serves your personal needs. For more information or a free consultation, please contact us at 615-444-2900 or visit our contact page.