What is Product Liability?

Companies that make products for consumers have a duty of care to their customers, and most companies take that duty seriously. But products that have design faults or defects in their manufacture do come into the hands of customers and cause injuries and even deaths. In that case, the company is said to be legally liable.

An example is Ford Motor Company’s Pinto. The car had a design flaw. It could burst into flames if hit from behind because the gasoline tank could rupture. Ford did know about the design flaw but did not correct it because settling lawsuits would be cheaper than correcting the design flaw.

Your Legal Recourse

If you have been injured by a product you purchased and you had followed all the manufacturer’s instructions for using it, and did not abuse the product, or use it for a purpose for which it was not intended, you may have a viable lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover damages.

Damages Claimed in Your Lawsuit

The damages you claim in your lawsuit will cover any medical cost you incurred, both immediately after your injury and the long-term medical expenses you incur during your treatment and recovery. If you suffered a loss of a limb or other body part you can sue for that. You may also claim pain and suffering and the loss of enjoying your life because of the injury.

An attorney can calculate the amount of money you spent and obtain all the documents to prove your claim.

Going to Court

Lawsuits do take a long time to go through the legal process, and litigation can be costly. But you do have alternatives to a long court case. Because of these reasons, most civil cases are settled out of court. Your attorney can negotiate a settlement with the opposition’s lawyers that is satisfactory to you.

To reduce costs and achieve a result without spending years in the process, many litigants choose mediation or arbitration in which an independent party decides the case.

It’s best if you contact an attorney who is well-versed in product liability law to represent you. Van Norman Law is a good choice. Arrange for a free initial consultation to determine if you have a case and, if so, how strong it is.