Accidents happen. But when an accident happens because of a defective or poorly designed product, that’s negligence. Unfortunately, each year millions of unsuspecting individuals are harmed because of defective consumer products.
Our attorneys at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers are committed to getting harmful products off the market, and getting victims compensated for their injuries.
Grounds for a Broussard Product Liability Lawsuit
The Louisiana Products Liability Act (LPLA) protects the public’s right to hold manufacturers liable for producing “unreasonably dangerous” products. This act is enforced with strict liability, meaning victims don’t have to prove intent or negligence.
However, to be successful in your case you will have to establish that:
- The product was dangerous
- The dangerous condition was present at the time it left the manufacturer
- You did not alter the product
- You were injured due to the dangerous product
Our Broussard product liability attorneys can help you collect evidence to back your claims.
Laborde Earles injury was great for me they took care of me very fast and professional. If for any reason I need legal help they will be who I use.Client
If Injured by a Product, You May Be Entitled to Compensation
When you’ve been injured due to a defective product, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party to claim compensation. The amount you can collect will vary depending on the economic and non-economic damages you’ve sustained due to your injuries.
You may be awarded damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
The at-fault party and their insurers may attempt to minimize your losses to reduce or eliminate your award. Our product liability lawyers can accurately value your claim, ensuring that your injuries are accounted for.
I thank God for Digger & David. I don’t know what we would have done if it hadn’t have been for them.Rick Smith | Client
There Are Three Types of Product Liability Claims
Each state has different laws regarding product liability. For Louisiana, a product liability claim must contain one of three characteristics to be considered valid: Defective manufacture, defective design or failure to warn or instruct.
- Defective Manufacture – A manufacturing defect is the unintentional result of a mistake made during the manufacturing process.
- Defective Design – Defective design happens when a product is inherently dangerous because of the way it’s designed.
- Failure to Warn or Instruct – Manufacturers must warn consumers of the potential dangers of the product and provide clear instructions to avoid injury.
As a claimant, you have the burden of proof to demonstrate that either of these characteristics existed. While seemingly straightforward, the defense may attempt to hold you responsible for your injuries and negate your claims.
Our attorneys can help you build a solid defense against these allegations and protect your right to compensation.
The reassurance from Digger and his staff gave me that renewed hope that it’s going to be okay down the road.Client
Why Choose Laborde Earles for Your Product Liability Lawsuit
When you have been injured due to a company’s negligence, you need an attorney who understands personal injury law. At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we have over 350 years of combined experience in personal injury and rigorous experience in the Louisiana legal system.
We know what it takes to win big for our clients. Here’s how we can help you:
We Will Identify All Liable Parties
There may be multiple negligent parties in your case. Liable parties may include manufacturers, retailers, distributors, wholesalers, etc. We will follow the supply chain and investigate your case to identify all liable parties and hold them accountable.
We Will Stack Evidence Against Them
We will help you gather substantial evidence to back your claim. We can gather medical records, expert witness testimony, and the manufacturer’s internal documents, along with other information to build a winning case on your behalf.
We Will Help You Avoid Statute of Limitations Issues
Louisiana allows one year for you to pursue a product liability claim. The other party may attempt to prolong the processing of your claim to eventually have it thrown out. We’ll help you keep your case on track so you don’t risk losing your right to compensation.
We’ve Won Millions for Our Clients
We’ve secured 200 million and counting for our clients across Louisiana. We’re committed to getting maximum compensation for injury victims. We don’t charge any upfront fees or costs unless we’re successful in your case.
We Can Take Your Case to Court
Many product liability cases can be settled out of court, but some don’t. If you have a complex case or settlement isn’t possible, our attorneys are prepared to fight for you in court.
They treated us like no other people would. Whenever we needed something they were there for us. I put my trust in them and I don’t regret it.Client
Next Steps After Suffering a Product Liability Injury
Product liability injuries are much different from other personal injury cases. They can involve many negligent parties, leaving you unsure of where to turn. But you must act quickly. We recommend taking the following steps to protect your financial future:
- Seek medical attention. Nothing’s more important than your well-being. Getting medical treatment will also create documentation of your injuries for use later in your case.
- Preserve the product and take photos/videos of it. Evidence is key. Attempt to keep the product intact along with any packaging or receipts for the item.
- Document all information about the event. Write down anything you can remember about the incident including eyewitness information.
- Contact a Broussard product liability lawyer. Product liability cases are complex and involve many parties. Hiring an attorney can benefit your case and avoid delays.
Defective Products Injure and Kill Thousands Every Year
Defective products are produced and recalled every year. These are products that injure, hospitalize, and kill thousands of people. In 2021, 170,392 children were injured by toys, with children ages 0-4 bearing the bulk of that harm. Not all of the toys were defective but a number of them were.
These statistics highlight the importance of requiring companies to produce, manufacture and distribute safe and effective products and holding them accountable when they don’t.
Product defects, however, can happen across all industries, not just children’s toys. Our attorneys handle all types of cases including:
- Medical devices
- Auto parts
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Children’s toys
- Industrial equipment
- Household appliances
Call Our Product Liability Injury Attorneys Today
When companies are negligent in their manufacturing practices, they deserve to be held accountable. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, our attorneys at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you get justice. Contact us today to claim your free case evaluation.