Consumers often have a subconscious belief that the products they purchase from popular stores and big name on-line retailers are safe and not defective. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
The term “Product Liability” refers to the liability of manufacturers, sellers, and or designers of products, for injuries or death resulting from the use of their products. Common products that may cause a catastrophic injury or a wrongful death often include toys, baby cribs, ladders and some cosmetic products. Even recreational playground equipment and sports equipment pose a risk if defective. In recent years, notable product recalls have included automobiles, peanut butter, and many children’s toys.
Experienced Product Liability Lawyer
The Wieand Law Firm is committed to getting justice for clients who are injured by defective products. When a company sells a dangerous consumer or commercial product, it should be held responsible for the foreseeable damages it causes. If you have been seriously injured or a family member was killed by defective merchandise call us for a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical bills and more.
To speak with an experienced trial lawyer call 1(800) 481-5206.
Types of Defective Product Cases we Handle
With millions of products are sold every single day, we cannot list every possible defective item. Some products which have been known to be defective and cause injury or death include.
- Defective table saws
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Defective Cribs
- Uncrashworthy automobiles and defective auto parts
- Baby products
- Cosmetic products
- Furniture and household appliances
- Industrial machinery and tools
- Medications and drugs
- Surgical screws
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, take advantage of your right to get legal representation. Call an experienced product liability attorney at the Wieand Law Firm to take your case from investigation to settlement or trial.
What Information Should you Get Before Calling a Lawyer?
Before you contact a lawyer, you should ascertain the following information which will help your attorney evaluate and investigate your injury claim.
- Date of the accident – This is important information for any type of product liability case, be it a defective medical device, pharmaceutical drug or power tool. The reason an attorney will want to know the date of the accident is so he/she can determine if there is enough time left on the statute of limitations to adequately investigate the case. If the statute of limitations is close to expiring, most lawyers will not take the case. A lawyer will be much more likely to investigate your case if there are months or years left on the statute. For this reason, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after you suspect your injury was caused by a defective product or device!
- Where is the Defective Product? It is critical to preserve the product which gave rise to the injury. The product is often key evidence which experts may want to inspect. In addition to preserving the product you should try to preserve the packaging and receipts.
- Identify the Specific Product – Before contacting an attorney try to determine the specific product as well as the manufacturer of the product. Try to determine the make, model, identifying numbers or other information which will help identify the specific product. This information will allow the attorney to begin his investigation as to whether it is defective, reach out to experts and research if there have been other claims or litigation involving the item.
- Where was the Item Purchased? In some cases, the law allows suit against sellers / retailers of a defective product. These defendants may also have an impact on your case’s jurisdiction or venue which may influence an attorney’s decision to take the case. Further, whether the product was purchased from a retail store verses second hand at a yard sale is important information that your attorney will want.
- What is your injury? This may be obvious, but an a defective product lawyer will want to know what your injury is, who you have treated with, for how long, and what future treatment is anticipated. Whether an attorney will accept your product liability case will generally hinge on the extent of your damages. Due to the significant cost of pursuing a defective product lawsuit, your attorney will need to determine if your injuries and damages are significant enough to justify the expense of an investigation and litigation.