When a consumer buys a product, they rightfully expect it to perform safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Use of defective products can result in tragic consequences. Stewart, Seay and Felton’s personal injury lawyers want you to remember that, as a consumer, you have certain rights. The most fundamental of those rights is being safe while using products.
A defective product is one that was either designed with defects or was manufactured improperly. Flawed design or manufacturing defects may result in unsafe products that cause injury to consumers. Their negligence can cause innocent people to suffer unnecessary pain. There have been countless cases of defectively or dangerously designed consumer products harming and often killing consumers. The laws governing product liable are different than those of general personal injury law, so hiring a firm with experience in the area is key. There is no federal product liability law; therefore each state has their own set of consumer protections that cover negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty of manufacturers and sellers.
In a products liability case, the law may find blame with any or all individuals involved in the manufacture of a product. This can include the designer, manufacturer, supplier and retailer. These individuals may be held liable for any injury their product causes.
Companies will often claim that they can’t be held responsible if a consumer was injured when not using the product “as directed.” However, many victims are hurt when they use the product in a way that could be predicted by a reasonable designer or manufacturer. These victims still have legal rights.
Very important – If the manufacturer or anyone that could potentially be a defendant asks for the product, do not give it to them. It is very important to maintain possession of the product. In addition, do not tamper with the product in any way. Altering the product, even if it is just so you can use it again, can severely damage the credibility of your case. Stewart, Seay and Felton’s personal injury lawyers use our decades of experience in these complicated, highly technical cases to evaluate your claim.
If you’ve been injured by a defective or dangerous product from a company you thought you could trust, Stewart, Seay and Felton has the experience and strength to help you. Our work on behalf of clients has resulted not only in financial recoveries, but has also put pressure on manufacturers to design safer toys, furniture, automobiles, and the like. While no amount of money can truly compensate our clients for a debilitating injury or the loss of a loved one, they, and we, are gratified knowing that future consumers might not be put at the same risk.