Questions about the sale of unavoidably unsafe products

I am a artisan who is starting to create and sale my wares online. Some of my
products like knifes and other bladed tools can be consider unavoidably unsafe
products. Do i needs to get liability insurance right off the bat? Or a better
practice to handle the selling of said item to minimize risk?

Asked on March 3, 2018 under Business Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

1) Definitely get insurance: that will certainly help you in the even of any liability. ANY business (and if you are selling your wares, you are a business) should have liability insurance.
2) Also, include a disclaimer or waiver which customers must sign (or acknolwedge) before the order is placed in which the customer acknowledges that knives and certain other tools present a risk of injury if misused and that the customers understands that they are responsible for how their purchases are used and that you are not liable for the use of your products.

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