La Follette Product Liability Lawyer
Product manufacturers have the responsibility to ensure that the products they market to consumers are safe. This responsibility is known as product liability. When a victim is injured in an accident involving a defective, dangerous, or poorly marketed product, he or she may pursue compensation for his or her related damages from the party at fault for the accident. This can be the manufacturer, but in some cases, it can be the product’s distributor or retailer. In some cases, multiple parties are at fault, contact our experienced La Follette product liability lawyers for more information.
Types of Product-Related Negligence
There are a few different circumstances under which a product manufacturer, distributor, or retailer can be deemed liable for victims’ injury-related damages. They are:
- When a product is dangerous due to its faulty design. In cases like this, the product is designed in a way that renders it dangerous or ineffective and it is manufactured according to this faulty design;
- When the product is manufactured defectively. When this is the case, there is nothing inherently dangerous or ineffective in the product’s design, but a miscommunication, misunderstanding, or part substitution results in the product being manufactured in a way that renders it dangerous to consumers; and
- When a product is improperly marketed. This can be on the part of the manufacturer or on the part of a retailer. Examples of this type of product-related negligence include failing to warn consumers about the safety risks inherent to a product and failing to include safety warning or instructions for correct use with the product.
Pursuing Compensation for your Dangerous or Defective Product Damages
When a product comes with safety instructions and approved uses, you may only recover compensation for your injury-related damages if you are injured while using the product according to these instructions. In many cases, altering a product or using it improperly waives its manufacturer’s liability for the damages you incur.
A product liability claim is not quite like other types of personal injury claim because in most cases, product manufacturers are strictly liable for damages victims suffer due to their faulty and defective products. This means that as long as the claimant can prove that the product was dangerous and that he or she was injured while using it appropriately, the product’s manufacturer, distributor, or retailer is liable for the victim’s damages. It does not matter if the liable party took steps to prevent injuries like recalling the product. If the product was faulty, defective, or did not have sufficient safety warnings when it reached the consumer, the victim may recover compensation for his or her damages.
Work with an Experienced La Follette Product Liability Lawyer
If you were injured in a preventable accident involving a dangerous or defective product, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your related damages through a product liability claim. To learn more about your rights as an injured victim and to start working on your claim, contact our team of experienced La Follette product liability lawyers at Fox & Farley today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office.