Consumers should be able to trust that the products they purchase are not going to cause them life-threatening injuries when they are used as intended. Unfortunately, products become defective and malfunction all the time. There are many reasons for these defects, but when another party’s negligence is responsible for your injuries, you can make them pay.
Contact a Carencro product liability lawyer at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal options for financial recovery. Schedule your free consultation today and find out who could be at fault for your damages. Once we hear your account of the events leading to your injury and after we will be able to assess how we can take legal action regarding your claim.
Types of Product Liability Lawsuits
There are multiple ways in which products can become defective or malfunction. However, generally, defective products cases are categorized as being caused by:
- Defective product manufacture
- Defective product designed
- Failure to warn
Defective Product Manufacture
Products can face manufacturing defects when there is an issue in the production or development of a specific product. This defective product is different from the other types of products that may be sold by the same manufacturer. Also, it could be that a bad product was made due to a temporary production malfunction. After the malfunction is fixed the same product is made correctly again. Therefore, not everyone who bought the same product may be affected as only some of the product being sold is defective.
Examples of defective product manufacturing could include a bicycle missing its braking mechanism or a batch of over-the-counter painkillers being tainted by toxic substances or chemicals. These are products most people have in their homes on an everyday basis. They could cause serious harm depending on what kind of defect it has
Your attorney will need to show that the manufacturing defect in question was the cause of your injuries. Your product liability claim for defective product manufacturing will be successful when our team of lawyers will be able to full examine all evidence. Try to collect as much information as you can about the product. Do you remember the date on which you bought the product or where? Questions like this will be helpful when taking a closer look at your claim.
Defective Product Design
With detective product designs, it is the design of the product itself that is defective or dangerous. Defective product designs do not happen as a product is being manufactured, but render the entire line of a specific product defective or dangerous.
Some examples of defective product designs could include SUVs that tend to roll over while making turns or toasters that electrocute users when plugged in. You may think the product just went “bad” or is worn out when in fact, it could be the manufacturer’s mistake. Think about features in your vehicle that are not working. You may want to consult our lawyers before you spend thousands of dollars at a repair shop.
Your attorney will be tasked with proving the product itself is dangerous if you hope to win a claim for a defective product design. This might lead to this discovery that other parties have suffered debilitating injuries and illnesses as a result of the same design flaw. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to research and contact any necessary parties to make sure all information is gathered.
Failure to Warn
Failing to include instructions about how a product should be used or warn consumers of potential hazards is another common way in which product liability claims arise. If a consumer is required to take precautions when using a product or the product can become hazardous in specific conditions, companies are required to warn consumers of these risks.
Some examples of failure to warn include hair straighteners that do not warn users of a button that becomes hot to the touch or an over-the-counter medication that does not properly list potential side effects when taken with other types of over-the-counter drugs. Failure to warn can vary in severity, but even the slightest of warnings could potentially prevent massive damage. For instance, that button that gets hot on the hair straightener could lead to a third degree burn, which could become infected if not treated properly.
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Who Is Responsible for Defective Products?
One of the things that make product liability claims more complicated is that there are often multiple parties found liable. This is because nearly anyone involved in the chain of distribution of a product can be held accountable for that product’s defect or malfunction.
Some of the more common parties named in defective product lawsuits include:
- Product designers
- Product manufactures
- Product distributors
- Product suppliers
- Safety inspectors
- Government agencies
- Other third parties
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
How a Carencro Product Liability Attorney Could Help You
You may be hesitant to contact the product liability attorney in Carencro for help. However, the benefits of enlisting the services of an experienced attorney are undeniable.
Some of the benefits you get when you hire a personal injury lawyer to help you with your product liability claim include:
- Access to regular case status updates
- A thorough investigation into the cause of your injuries
- An in-depth review of the ways your life has been affected by your injuries
- Help negotiating with a liable party’s insurance company
- Zealous legal advocacy at trial
The reassurance from Digger and his staff gave me that renewed hope that it’s going to be okay down the road.Client
What Compensation Is Available After a Product Liability Injury?
Following a product liability injury, you may have suffered more than just financial losses. You have the right to be compensated for every single way your life has been affected by your product liability injuries. From emotional to financial, your life could be altered on many different levels due to a defective product.
Compensatory damages are the losses you have a right to recover. They can be economic or non-economic and might include:
- Your lack of income
- Diminished earning potential
- Current and future medical treatment and care
- Costs of property damages
- Loss of companionship and love
- Disfigurement and skin scarring
You might also be awarded punitive damages. These are not a loss you are entitled to recover, however. They are only awarded when the courts find the defendant’s conduct intolerable, egregious, or grossly negligent. However, if you are awarded punitive damages, it could dramatically increase the amount of compensation you are awarded in your case.
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File Your Claim Before the Statute of Limitations Expires
Under Louisiana law, personal injury claims, including product liability lawsuits, must be filed before the one-year statute of limitation expires per CC Art. 3492, For wrongful deaths it is also one year per CC Art. 2315.2. Louisiana has some of the harshest statute of limitations for personal injury claims in the country. One year is a limited amount of time to build a compelling case against the liable party.
For this reason, it is imperative that you make sure your claim is filed before the one-year deadline expires or you will no longer have the right to bring your case before a judge in Carencro civil courts. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case, the more likely it is we can recover the evidence we need to establish liability and move forward with your product liability insurance and civil claims.
Meet With a Product Liability Lawyer in Carencro for Help
Product liability claims are one of the more complicated types of personal injury cases. You do not need to go into the claims process alone. With help from a Carencro product liability lawyer at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, you could recover maximum compensation for your damages. Put our team to work and we will show you just how dedicated we are to representing you to the fullest extent.
Find out more about how much your claim could be worth when you contact our office for a no-cost, risk-free consultation. Our firm proudly offers complementary case reviews to injury victims across Carencro and nearby cities. We will be able to listen to your story and estimate how much you could be owed. Claim your free case review by completing our online contact form or calling our office.