Products liability is a relatively new area of law and cause of action (a cause of action is a valid legal reason to hold someone accountable for some action or inaction). Products liability was created as a result of the mass production and sale of items. People were injured spread across the country. Unfortunately, because there are so many steps from raw material to finished product and eventually sold on a shelf, that there is no way the victim can ascertain which party is ultimately responsible. The result was that the various defendants would play a shell game, confounding victims and frustrating the administration of justice.
To combat these legal defenses, several states pioneered products liability. Products liability allows victims to recover from any connection in the supply chain (manufacturer to retailer) if they were the victim of an injury caused by a defective product. This relieves the victim from establishing a connective link between one of the defendants and the victim's injuries.
The slight change in the law placed the burden on companies (the entities believed best equipped to address and correct defective products) to avoid liability than on victims to prove liability. Companies now must pay the victim directly and then may sue one another to determine which company in the supply chain is responsible for the injury.
If you were injured due to a defective or dangerous product, then you may want to call an attorney for legal advice. What is described above is the ideal situation. In reality, many companies include disclaimers and other limitations on liability that might scare off many victims with valid claims. Don't let that happen to you - a lawyer can cut through the red tape and help you recover fair compensation for your injuries.