Defective consumer products impose significant costs on consumers and third parties when they cause fatalities and injuries. This Article develops a novel approach to measuring the true extent of such costs, which may not be accurately captured under current methods of estimating the cost of dangerous products. Current analysis rests on a narrowly defined set of costs, excluding certain types of costs. The cost-of-injury estimates utilized in this Article address this omission by quantifying and incorporating these costs to provide a more complete picture of the true impact of defective consumer products. The new estimates help to gauge the true value of the civil liability system.
Shapiro, Sidney; Ruttenberg, Ruth; and Leigh, Paul
"The Social Costs of Dangerous Products: An Empirical Investigation,"
Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy:
3, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/cjlpp/vol18/iss3/4