When you purchase a product, you assume that that product is safe for use in the method directed. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, each year, defective or dangerous products cause thousands of injuries.
A product liability attorney is one that is experienced in the field of product liability, and can help clients hold a manufacturer or seller of a product liable for injuries caused by the product. While there are no federal product liability laws, most of these claims are based on state laws. Claims can be filed due to negligence, breach of warranty or strict liability.
Who is responsible?
When it comes to product liability, there could be one or more liable parties for the injury. Typically, any member of the product distribution chain – from the manufacturer to the distributor to the seller – may be held liable for injuries caused by the product. Manufacturers of component parts of the product can also be held liable for injuries, if those injuries were due to some negligence or error in the manufacturing of those parts.
When it comes to product liability, there are a few different types of product defects that can be considered. These include defects in design, meaning that the product was inherently unsafe from its conception, to manufacturing defects, which include errors in the actual construction of the product. Other defects can include those derived from marketing, meaning that the product was improperly labeled or contained faulty instructions.
Product liability cases are highly complex. Establishing liability or fault for injuries caused by faulty products can be a difficult process, often involving the testimony of many expert witnesses. If you believe you have been injured due to a faulty product, an experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.