Everyone has probably bought a product that didn’t live up to expectations at one time or another. Most of those experiences are more annoying than dangerous. On the other hand, defective products can cause serious harm.
Are the companies who designed, manufactured, and sold the product liable for your injuries? At Norris Injury Lawyers, we have more than 40 years of experience answering that question. Our record of successful outcomes in Alabama proves that we understand how product liability law is meant to protect victims like you.
Your rights and options are a priority for our legal team. Call (800) 477-7510 to set up your case review. The call and the no-obligation consultation are free.
What Designers, Manufacturers, and Retailers Owe You
US product liability law requires those who make products to take reasonable efforts to ensure their safety. If products are unsafe, these parties could be held responsible. Let’s learn about who should be ensuring that products are free from dangerous defects.
Designers start the process of making a product. They might conceive a design to fulfill consumer needs or appeal to the public. Next, they brainstorm how to make the idea possible by doing research.
Designers should anticipate issues and troubleshoot problems. Models or mock-ups could predict or reveal design defects. They might also conduct market research studies to learn how consumers interact with their products.
A responsible designer would consider a product ready for the next step only after it meets quality controls for safety. Designers often oversee the entire process, making continuous adjustments as necessary during the manufacturing and sales processes.
A manufacturer is responsible for making products. They might source raw materials, assemble items, or perform other tasks.
Diligent manufacturers follow design plans closely. If a manufacturing defect arises, a good manufacturer would consult with the designer. A good manufacturer would consult with the designer, perhaps suggesting how best to resolve issues.
Some Birmingham manufacturers also package products, readying them for the retail market. Successful packaging protects from damage that could lead to defective product injuries. Packaging also lets consumers know how to use products and warns them of potential hazards.
Alabama retailers sell products to customers, reaching buyers in person or online. These merchants interact directly with customers, so they have the opportunity to provide valuable product information.
Sellers might hear customer complaints, especially when receiving returns. The most conscientious retailers report dangerous products to designers and manufacturers. If a product recall is issued, they should immediately suspend sales of the item.
If a faulty product reaches the shelves, it is often because a designer, manufacturer, or retailer failed in some way.
Why Products Fail
What are some things you need to understand about product defects? Please note the following.
Negligence occurs when someone does not take proper care to ensure the safety of a product. The Consumer Product Safety Commission monitors and regulates what reasonable care entails for different categories of products.
Defective product lawyers can help you take action if your injury resulted from someone’s negligence.
Some products are unreasonably dangerous. For instance, they might pose high risks to consumers or their property. You might think to yourself, “This dangerous product should have never been on the market.”
As an injured party, Birmingham product liability laws protect your rights. Norris Injury Lawyers’ experienced attorneys gather physical evidence with the goal of proving that the product defect that caused your injury was foreseeable. From there, we can build a successful product liability claim that wins you life-changing compensation.
What do you think of when you hear the word “warranty?” A 30-day money-back guarantee or a similar offer may come to mind. Actually, warranties also exist to assure products are safe to use.
You might find written warranties in promotional materials or booklets included in product packaging. Or else a salesperson gives a verbal promise or claim about the item. Either way, these are warranties that define the legal obligations of the manufacturer and distributor.
Defective product lawyers can take legal action on your behalf when there has been a breach of warranty.
Recognizing Product Defects
In many Jefferson County stores, you can return certain products. For instance, suppose an item you ordered was damaged in shipping. You could report the problem and ask for a replacement.
In other cases, the merchandise is defective in some way. With a receipt, you could get your money back for electronics that do not work or other items that do not function as described.
You have probably handled similar scenarios on your own. Yet, defective product claims are complex legal procedures. Our experienced product liability team can show you how to maximize your rights.
How Defective Products Can Cause Harm
A dangerous product could damage property, endanger the health and safety of users, or even lead to premature death. Schedule a consultation with a Birmingham defective product attorney if you have experienced any of the following situations.
When a property is damaged or destroyed, the liable party can be held accountable for the cost of restoration or replacement.
Consider the case of:
- Fires: Of course, some products like heaters, electric blankets, and hair dryers are supposed to produce heat. Other items may overheat while in use due to faulty wiring or other issues. Fires caused by defective products could destroy your home, business, and possessions.
- Flooding or water damage: When excess water accumulates where it should not be, it can be very destructive. The initial cleanup can be costly and lead to other issues like mold and rust later.
Real property refers to tangible things like buildings, trees, or vehicles. However, people can also claim compensation for digital items (e.g. computer files) or items with sentimental value (e.g. photographs, heirlooms).
Using a product is a form of putting trust in the makers and sellers of it. You would never expect it to cause you harm. Unfortunately, though, some Birmingham residents have had to face the reality of injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Chronic pain
- Nerve damage
- Psychological trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
In the worst cases, manufacturing defects and other issues cause fatal accidents, including:
- Accidental drowning
- Medical device failure
- Car crashes
- Sports injuries
If you suffered a defective product injury, our Birmingham legal team is ready to give you the help you need. A knowledgeable product liability attorney can assist surviving relatives of product accident victims in seeking compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Call us at (800) 477-7510 as soon as possible to learn about your rights.
Getting Compensation for Product Liability Cases
Product liability cases must identify the parties in the supply chain responsible for defective product injuries. The person filing the claim must prove that his or her injury resulted from use or exposure to a defective product.
As you reflect on the ways your injuries affect your life, you might think that your right to compensation is obvious. Yet, the at-fault parties and the insurance companies that cover them might not easily agree.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our defective product attorneys stay up to date on Alabama product liability laws to build strong cases for Birmingham defective product victims. Often, we find that our clients are not the only ones who hurt negligent product distributors. Class-action lawsuits allow our attorneys to win compensation for a large group if many have had similar issues with a product.
Would you benefit from receiving the product liability compensation for the damages described below?
The costs of diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare associated with defective product injuries can be crushing for your family’s finances. Claiming damages could relieve you of the burdens of:
- Ambulance services
- Artificial teeth
- Dental surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
- Medical assistive devices
- Laboratory fees
- Travel for doctor’s appointments
- Occupational therapy
- Prescription drugs
Can you afford to forfeit your rightful compensation? Finding out what your defective product claim is worth is free, so why not start chatting with one of our live agents right now? Click “Start Chat” to begin your no-obligation consultation.
Missing work due to injury takes a toll on your finances. If a defective product hurts you, you could recover lost income, sick days, paid leaves, or vacation days you used during your recovery.
Sometimes, defective product accidents give rise to permanent disabilities. If you cannot return to your previous position, your ability to earn wages might be reduced. An attorney can evaluate your eligibility for loss of earning potential damages.
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering damages compensate for the non-economic hardships that result from faulty products. Examples include mental anguish, chronic pain, or the psychological toll of permanent disfigurement.
Norris Injury Lawyers fights to the end to represent your interests and win you fair compensation. Yet, are you wondering what professional legal help costs?
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