• May
    29
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    What to do if a Defective Product Causes an Injury or Worse

    In the United States, we purchase products of all kinds without giving much thought to whether we should worry about our safety in using them. From medications to lawnmowers, from personal care products to sport utility vehicles, we feel confident that the designers, manufacturers, and everybody else that plays a role in getting that product to market has done their job well and exercises the appropriate level of responsibility and care. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and defective products end up causing injury, or even death. If this has happened to you or to someone you love, you may feel helpless and think there’s nowhere to turn, but that’s not true. Product liability lawsuits pursue justice for those who have been damaged by defective products. Here’s what you need to know.

    Defects can be found in products of all kinds and can be a result of carelessness, recklessness, or maliciousness in the design or engineering process, or during manufacturing. That same lack of care can be reflected in the directions or warnings that accompany a product or instruct a consumer in its use. Over the years, defects in a wide range of products have led to significant injuries, and it is those injuries that drive defective lawsuits.

    When you suffer an injury after using a product and you believe it’s a result of a defect, you may be eligible to file one of these lawsuits, but in order to be victorious, you need to prove more than that there was something wrong in its design, manufacturing or labeling. You also must be able to demonstrate that the defect was the result of negligence and that you suffered an injury as a result.

    Proving your injury is fairly straightforward, though in almost any product liability lawsuit your attorney will have to present expert witness testimony about the extent of your injuries and their impact on your health, quality of life, and earning capacity. The parties named in a product liability claim can include those involved in the manufacturing, assembly or design of the product, as well as wholesalers, retailers and those along the distribution line.

    An experienced product liability attorney can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a defective product lawsuit, and walk you through the process so that you know what to expect. To learn more, contact us today to set up a time for a free consultation.

     

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