Product Liability Claims
Product liability refers to the legal liability of manufacturers and sellers of consumer goods when their products prove to be dangerous or defective and cause injury, illness, or death. Unfortunately, many products over the decades have led to harm for consumers, from faulty engines in motor vehicles to lead in children’s toys, food spoiled by harmful bacteria, and pharmaceuticals with unknown or unreported side effects.
When such harm occurs, those who have been victimized have a legal right to pursue compensation for their injuries and damages from manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers who sell these products.
At Anderson Traylor Edwards, our experienced legal team provides skilled representation for individuals throughout the greater Hammond area who have sustained injuries in this way. With 50 years of combined experience handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, our team brings a wealth of knowledge, skill, and commitment to your case. If you believe your injuries were caused by a defective product, we urge you to get the legal counsel you need to understand your options and how the personal injury claims process works.
Injuries Caused by Defective Products
When you purchase any consumer product, you expect that product to be safe to use as directed. Unfortunately, defective and dangerous products cause thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. and past products have even been implicated in fatalities. Hundreds of products are recalled annually due to defects and other problems connected with their use. These recalls often occur, however, after a product has been on the market and in use by countless people.
Such products can include (but are not limited to):
- Medical drugs
- Medical devices
- Autos and their component parts (brakes, tires, fuel tanks, airbags, seat belts, and more)
- Children’s toys and gear
- Small appliances
- And more
Common injuries from defective products can range from lacerations, burns, and gastrointestinal problems to broken bones, organ damage, brain injuries, infection, skin damage, and more.
Types of Product Liability
Consumer products can be defective in three ways: in the manufacturing process, in how they were designed, and in the marketing process consisting of a failure to warn or provide proper instructions for use.
A manufacturing defect is one that has occurred at the factory where the product was created or assembled. An example of this would be an automobile assembled with defective tires, an over-the-counter painkiller that was created with a toxic substance, or a child’s crib painted with lead-based paint.
A design defect consists of a flaw in the original design of the product that proves to be dangerous when used. An example of this could be a teakettle whose design causes steam to hit the user’s hands creating burns, the design of an SUV that causes it to rollover when braked, or an electric shaver that continually shocks users.
A marketing defect occurs when the manufacturer fails to provide proper or strong enough warnings or instructions as to how to use the product. This type of defect has been common in pharmaceuticals in the past where warnings regarding side effects were omitted or instructions as to how to properly take the drug when also taking other drugs or alcohol were lacking.
In all cases, your injuries must have stemmed from a particular type of liability and not from some other cause to have a product liability case.
Why You Need Anderson Traylor Edwards
The corporations that design, manufacture, and market consumer products will spare no expense in fighting defective product claims. These large corporations generally have extensive financial resources as well as legal staff to put to use on their behalf in protecting themselves. Product liability cases can, therefore, be challenging and complex matters that call for the services of a capable and experienced legal team. Let us use our knowledge, skills, and tenacity to fight for the compensation you deserve in any dangerous or defective product case.
Reach out to us at (985) 244-3070 to learn more about your case and available options.
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