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When you purchase a product, it isn’t unreasonable for you to have trust and confidence that it will, at the very least, work! However, that is not always the case; in fact, sometimes the products we buy do us more harm than good. When products are defective, they can cause serious injuries and medical expenses.
If this has happened to you, the product liability lawyers at Zinda Law Group have the necessary experience to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our defective product lawyers know how to determine who is liable when these kinds of incidents occur and have a history of success in handling these types of cases. If you were injured because of a defective product, call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with nationwide product liability attorneys.
WHAT DOES A PRODUCT LIABILITY SUIT LOOK LIKE?
You may have a lot of good questions, like “What does product liability even mean?," or "If I do have a product liability claim, what might I be able to recover?” Although these cases seem complex, the product liability lawyers at Zinda Law Group are more than capable to give you the answers.
Types of Product Liability Injury Cases We Handle
A defective product is a product that was either manufactured improperly, designed with inherent defects, or did not have adequate warnings. Basically, this means that there was one (or more) of the following: an error in manufacturing the specific product you received, a mistake in designing the product at large, or a failure to provide adequate safety instructions and warnings concerning the proper use of the product.
There have been countless examples of this, from defective vehicles to dangerous household products. Our products liability lawyers have handled cases involving products in the following categories, among many others:
- Children’s toys
- Seat belts
- Garage doors
- Home improvement tools
- Amazon Basics products
- Industrial machinery
- Lawn equipment
With millions of products in the world, it is likely that all of us have been exposed to a defective product in our lifetime. If that product has caused you or a loved one a physical injury you may be entitled to compensation for that harm.
How Can I Prevail on a Product Liability Claim?
Of course, in order to succeed on a products liability claim, the plaintiff must successfully show that the product was defective. As discussed above, the defect can be in the products design, manufacturing, or marketing; additionally, the plaintiff must also show that they were injured, and that the injury was caused by the defect. It is of note that it does not matter whether the injured party is the one who purchased the good or not.
Showing that one was injured by a defective product is the first step in proving a defective product liability claim. Consumers can be injured in a number of ways with ranging levels of severity. Some common injuries our defective product attorneys have handled include:
- Vision loss
- Thermal burns
- Smoke inhalation
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
- Broken bones
These are just a few examples of the many types of injuries that defective products can cause. It is important to note, however, that if the plaintiff was using the product in an unintended or unforeseeable way when they were injured, they may not be able to recover.
If you believe that a product was defective and caused you injury, you may have a claim for product liability. These cases can be complex, but that is why it is important to reach out to an experienced defective product lawyer like those at our firm.
Who May be Liable for Defective Product Injuries?
This question is just as important as it is complex. It is not easy to track down how and where the product became defective, and therefore who is responsible for the resulting injuries. Sourcing this information is necessary, but it also requires a skilled lawyer.
The product liability attorneys at our firm are experienced in this investigative process and are dedicated to finding the information necessary to hold accountable the person (or persons) responsible. This can include anyone in the chain of distribution, such as the designers, manufacturers, distributors, or retailers.
Sometimes one defendant will hold greater responsibility than the other. For example, if the product was a cough syrup that was contaminated at the factory, then the responsibility would primarily lay with the manufacturer. This can be a confusing and complicated distinction to make, but by contacting an experienced defective product liability lawyer near you, you will be better able to identify your claim and present your case in court.
What Kinds of Damages Can I Recover?
As discussed above, a defective product can cause all sorts of injuries to its users. It is our job at Zinda Law Group to work for our clients to receive the best outcome possible to help them move on from their injuries and feel whole once again.
When a plaintiff brings a product liability suit, there are two major types of damages that are available: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that are intended to compensate the plaintiff for the actual financial costs that stemmed from their injury, such as the medical bills they paid and the wages they lost. Non-economic damages are a bit more complicated and refer to the pain and suffering that the plaintiff has and/or will experience in their lifetime; additionally, in some cases a court may award punitive damages which are intended to deter the defendant (and parties like the defendant) from behaving similarly.
Retaining an experienced attorney for your product liability claim can greatly increase the amount you recover. An experienced product attorney near you can help you realistically evaluate your claim, can help you avoid costly mistakes, and can help you access the experts necessary to testify on your behalf. It is likely that whoever is liable in the chain of distribution has the resources to challenge any claim against them, and therefore it is important to have someone by your side who knows how to help you achieve the best result possible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I Was Just Injured by a Product that was Defective; Now What?
Knowing what to do when injured by products is as easy as following three steps:
1. First things first, seek medical attention; even if the injury seems mild, it is always a good idea to be checked out by a doctor to be assessed for any serious concerns that may not be readily apparent to you. You should always pay attention to any symptoms that occur in the days following the accident. If symptoms do appear, be sure to get them checked out and save the resulting documentation.
2. Second, document the accident; this means you should save things like the receipt for the products, all resulting medical and hospital bills, and copies of any accident report, formal complaint, or product review that you fill out. It is always a good idea to inform the seller of the resulting injury but be sure to keep track of those communications; additionally, you should take pictures of the defective product, the resulting injuries, and any damage to your property. Lastly, you should record any witness testimony from those who saw the accident.
3. Third, contact a personal injury liability lawyer; retaining a lawyer puts you in the best position possible to be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Experienced lawyers know how to investigate the accident to determine liability and how to take the case to trial if necessary. Proving a product liability claim can be difficult, but an experienced injury lawyer will know how to help you navigate the process.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Every state has their own statute of limitations in place that dictates how much time a plaintiff has to file their suit. Basically, this is a time limit in place, and at the expiration of that time limit you can no longer bring the case to court. Typically, the statutes range from two to six years after the accident; however, it is always best to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you file within the permitted time.
CONTACT A PRODUCT INJURY LAWYER TODAY
If you were injured by a product, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Unfortunately, these kinds of cases are complex, and every situation is unique. At Zinda Law Group, our lawyers have the necessary experience with product liability cases to help victims obtain the compensation that they deserve. Our attorneys know how to investigate these claims and whom to hold accountable, and we work hard to get justice for our clients.
We believe that an injury victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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