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Under what circumstance is a manufacturer, designer, or vendor of a product legally responsible when the product malfunctions, or fails to perform to specifications? Or, under what circumstances or conditions may a designer, or inventor of a product be held accountable should the product be designed in such a manner as to render it hazardous to the consuming public?

These questions take on special importance in light of the life-sustaining characteristics of dive equipment. In few other activities, save aviation or sky-diving, does a participant in a recreational activity so heavily rely upon a consumer product to sustain life through its use.

The area of the law which addresses instances of product failure is known as products liability law. While specific legislation may vary from state to state the general legal doctrine remains constant nationwide.

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PUBLIC SAFETY DIVER KILLED DURING TRAINING TRAINING NEGLIGENCE – INAPPROPRIATE RESCUE

Delise and Hall represented the surviving wife and two children of JD, a 37 year old public safety d…

COMMERCIAL DIVER DEATH DIVER’S UMBILICAL BECOMES ENTRAPPED IN PROPELLER OF DSV

Commercial diver, JC, age 31, died when his umbilical become entrapped in the propeller of the jack-…

COMMERCIAL DIVER DEATH DIVER KEEL-HAULED BELOW SUPERTANKER

Commercial diver, MS, age 28, was killed when he was pulled underneath a supertanker being cleaned o…

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