The number of Americans who are hurt, every year, by defective and malfunctioning products is staggering. Injuries are usually sustained due to:
All consumer products can potentially harm individuals if they are defective. While people are generally careful while using power tools since they appear more dangerous, everything from laundry liquid to laptop charges and lighters can lead to unfavourable situations. Physical injury, property damage, and even death are potential outcomes. Injuries such as electric shocks, chemicals and regular burns, and paediatric poisoning can easily lead one to the hospital, with lengthy hospital bills on the side.
For consumers who have been affected by faulty products, the Law Offices of Lisa Douglas provides legal counsel, guidance, and more. Affected consumers have the right to take legal action against the manufacturer of a defective product that has caused them harm, as accorded to them by Arkansas Law.
You can make one of the following liability claims concerning a defective product:
If the product is designed in a way that using it makes it dangerous, it calls for a defective design claim. Since all other products manufactures in the batch will have similar design, this claim has large-scale effects.
This claim applies to products that are dangerous to use due to their manufacturing. For example, if a person has been injured after using 3m combat arms or an earplug, a defective combat earplug lawsuit is in order.
This claim applies in cases where the marketing of the product hid important information, the concealment of which led to injury. You can take legal action against the manufacturer if their marketing team has failed to warn of possible risks associated with their product.
It’s important to know that pursuing legal action against manufacturers can lead to complications, in light of which it is imperative that victims talk to the Law Offices of Lisa Douglas clearly about their circumstances. Delaying the pursuit of legal action is also discouraged. Liability claims are also subject to a statute of limitations, which means that delaying a claim may be tantamount to being unable to pursue the claim at all.
As a plaintiff (depending on the nature of your case) there are three ways to take legal action against a product manufacturer. These are:
This applies to when the defendant (manufacturer) was negligent in the manufacturing or the design of the product; if the negligence led to injuries. A manufacturer can be negligent in several ways, such as:
This applies in the event that a consumer relies on the warranties of a product and when the terms of the warranty are found to be breached.
In the case of strict liability claims, the plaintiff is not required to establish a case for negligence. The manufacturer/s are held responsible for the distribution of faulty products, even if the products might not have caused any injuries to consumers other than the plaintiff.
Instead of negligence, in case of strict liability a plaintiff must:
Any product that leads to injuries qualifies for a lawsuit. The Law Offices of Lisa Douglas have previously dealt with product liability cases related to:
We strongly encourage that affected consumers seek immediate medical attention when they suffer injuries due to a product. In addition to having injuries properly, this ensures that they have a medical record for later legal use.
Injuries from defective product use vary from mild harm to serious complications. Serious injuries result in not only medical expenses but can lead to lost income and serious financial loss. Common injuries suffered by victims include:
We strongly recommend that affected consumers discuss their injuries with their attorneys to check if they have strong legal grounds for a claim, and only then take the case forward.
Consumers affected by defective products are entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Reaching a financial settlement helps victims with medical bills and property damage. Reaching a settlement, however, is tricky. A professional product liability attorney can help victims establish their case, prove the manufacturer’s negligence and responsibility, leading to a financial settlement.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to a defective product, reach out to the Law Offices of Lisa Douglas in Arkansas today. Don’t delay as that might injure your prospects of pursuing legal action. Give a call at (501) 798-0004 today. We offer free case evaluation and are available 24 hours a day. You can also contact via email at www.lisagdouglas.com.