A Ledoux product liability lawyer from our firm could help you hold big companies accountable if you got hurt or developed a medical condition because of a dangerous or defective product. You do not have to tackle these corporations by yourself. Our law firm is ready to fight your battles for you so that you can focus on your health.
You don’t have to suffer the financial consequences of an illness or injury on your own. Our team can file your case, negotiate for fair compensation, and fight for your rights against negligent designers, manufacturers, or distributors.
Losses You Could Be Compensated for in Your Product Liability Case
Some defective products cause an accident that injures someone, like an exploding airbag in a car. With other dangerous products, it could take years for the body to develop a medical condition, like asbestosis from Talc.
Whether you had a sudden accident or developed a disease because of a defective product, you might be able to pursue compensation from some of these common categories of losses:
You might have missed paychecks during the time that you could not work because of your injury or condition. When you returned to the job, you might have had to work part-time or take a light-duty assignment.
If you have ongoing impairment from your injuries or disease, your earning capacity might be lower than it was before. Some people become totally disabled from debilitating injuries or medical conditions.
However your injuries or illness have affected your professional life, we can seek compensation to offset these financial losses.
The cost of the healthcare services you need is often recoverable. In some situations, the medical intervention is for a short duration, while sometimes a person might have ongoing cancer treatment, skin grafts, physical therapy, kidney dialysis, or other treatments. Depending on your situation, we may be able to secure compensation for your future medical expenses.
Although they do not tend to come with documentation like bills or receipts that make it easy to determine their financial value, a person who gets harmed by a defective product could have personal damages, also called non-economic losses. Pain and suffering can compensate a person for the physical discomfort, emotional distress, and inconvenience of what they endured.
You might have a claim for other types of subjective losses as well. For example, if you have extensive scars from the injury or surgery, you could pursue compensation for these permanent physical changes. If the injury or medical condition reduced your life expectancy or took away your ability to do things like walk or ride a motorcycle, you could claim compensation for your loss of enjoyment of life.
For a free legal consultation with a product liability lawyer serving Ledoux, call (337) 777-7777
Who Can Be Sued When a Dangerous Product Hurts Someone?
A product could become dangerous at different stages of the process before it reaches the consumer. The point at which the product became dangerous or defective will determine who can be responsible for the harm it causes.
Flaws in the Design
When the problem has a design flaw, the company responsible for the research, development, and design of the item can be held accountable. For example, if designers didn’t account for the melting temperature of a plastic part on a heating pad, then the design itself is flawed.
Flaws in the Manufacturing Process
If the manufacturer used substandard materials that later failed when the product was in use, the maker can be responsible. For example, if the heating pad was well-designed but the manufacturer used a thinner, cheaper plastic than is called for, then they are responsible for the defect.
No Warnings or Instructions
It is possible for the product to have a perfect design and flawless manufacturing process and still be a dangerous or defective product. Some products have inherent risks or need to be assembled in a certain manner. If there are no warnings about these risks or no proper instructions for how to put the product together, the negligent labeling, instructions, or marketing could be grounds for a lawsuit.
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What You Can Expect from Our Ledoux Product Liability Lawyer
Product liability lawsuits usually involve battling against massive corporations that have a lot of financial resources to defend against these cases. Sometimes, they drag out the process to try and expend your resources first. With our team to stand against them, we can fight against these delaying, manipulative tactics and use our own resources to resolve your case.
You do not have to fight the at-fault corporation on your own. When we represent you on your claim, you will not have any legal fees until the end of the case. Even then, we only get paid when you win. We receive a percentage of the financial award.
In addition, here are some of the services our clients receive when we handle their product liability claims:
- We investigate what happened to find all the potential at-fault parties and build a strong case for you.
- We gather essential documents and other forms of evidence to prove your losses and the fault of the liable party.
- We negotiate directly with the company responsible for the defect or their insurance company so that you do not have to deal with them.
- We keep you up-to-date on what is happening in your case. You won’t feel out of the loop. We’re happy to answer your questions as you have them.
- If the case settles, we review all the documents carefully before you sign them.
- If the case does not settle, we can file a lawsuit and take your claim to trial.
These are just a few of the many services we provide for our product liability cases in the Ledoux area.
There Is a Filing Deadline for Product Liability Lawsuits
If the lawsuit filing deadline expires, your case may get thrown out before you have a chance to present your losses. If your case is allowed to be filed, you may have a difficult time holding the at-fault party accountable.
You only have one year from the date of the incident or the date of discovery, under CC Art. 3492, to file a product liability lawsuit. If you lost a loved one because of a hazardous product, CC Art. 2315.2 requires you to file a wrongful death case within one year of their passing.
To avoid being barred from compensation, it may benefit you to hire a lawyer whose team can track and fulfill your deadlines.
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Three Things to Do After Getting Hurt by a Defective Product
Every situation is different, and there are many more things you need to do if a dangerous product harms you. However, here are just three of the things you might want to consider doing to get your case off to a good start:
- Get medical attention at once. Wounds and diseases heal better with prompt medical intervention. Also, it is easier to link your injuries or illness to the defective product if you go to the doctor or hospital right away.
- If at all possible, do not allow anyone to take or dispose of the object that hurt you. The item will be an essential piece of evidence in your product liability case.
- Hire a product liability attorney to handle your claim. Once you get a lawyer on board, you can focus on recuperating from your illness or injury while we do the heavy lifting on your case.
If we represent you, we will provide additional guidance on things you should do in your situation.
How to Get Started on Your Ledoux Product Liability Claim
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is happy to offer an initial consultation at no charge to you. You can reach out to us here to start the process. After we evaluate your case, we can run through your options with you. Once you take us on as your legal representation, we aim to give you peace of mind while we fight for a financial award that can help you move forward.