Nashville Product Liability Lawyer
Many consumer products you rely on for necessity or convenience may contact dangerous defects, including furniture, vehicles, kitchen applicants, electronic goods, toys, children’s safety gear. You may not think about hazards when you are shopping at a big box store, retail outline, or online, but manufacturing or design flaws may lurk in anything you buy. A product may also be defective if it does not include adequate warnings on the label or in a user’s manual. If you were hurt because of a defective or dangerous product, you may have a claim based upon products liability against the party responsible for putting it into your hands. For more information on filing a lawsuit or seeking compensation through a settlement, it is important to work with a dedicated Nashville product liability lawyer who will protect your rights.
The Dangers of Defective Products
Defective products cause injuries to thousands of victims every year, many of them children. Some statistics demonstrate this point, as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that:
- In 2016, there were around 62,300 visits to the ER for treatment of nursery product-related injuries to children under five years old;
- On average, there are 48 electrocution deaths related to dangerous consumer products every year;
- Every year, an estimated 43,000 people visit the ER for injuries resulting from unstable TVs, furniture, and kitchen appliances.
Through dangerous products like these and others, victims can suffer severe and life-threatening injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), burns, bone fractures, spinal cord and neck injuries, burns, and similar harms are associated with considerable pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Holding Parties Responsible for Defective Products
Depending on the cause and source of your injuries, there may be multiple parties to pursue for a products liability claim. The defect in the product may be traced back to the design, manufacturing process, or somewhere else within the supply chain. It may also be due to a failure in labeling or marketing the product. Potential responsible parties may include:
- Designers and developers;
- The manufacturer of the product or components;
- Marketing agencies; and,
- Many more entities involved with bringing the product into the stream of commerce.
Sources of Product Defects
To establish liability in a dangerous products claim, you must prove how one or more of the responsible parties contributed to making the item unreasonably dangerous. Unlike a typical claim based upon personal injury, products liability claims are strict in nature; there is no requirement to show that the responsible entity was negligent. Instead, these cases focus on how a product is dangerous due to:
- Defective design;
- A flaw within the manufacturing process; or
- A failure to warn of defects or provide proper instructions for use.
In addition, you may have rights to recover compensation based upon other products liability theories where there was breach of an express or implied warranty, intentional misrepresentation, fraud, negligence, or other misconduct.
Discuss Your Claim with Our Nashville Product Liability Lawyers
For more information on your legal options after being injured by a defective product, please contact Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC at (866) 862-4855. We can discuss your situation and tell you more about your rights to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.