If you got hurt or lost a loved one because of injuries from a dangerous or defective product, our Rayne product liability lawyer can help. Manufacturers have a legal duty to make sure that the products they make and sell to consumers are safe for their intended purpose.
It is extraordinarily difficult to challenge these mega-corporations without an attorney. We can handle the product liability or wrongful death case on your behalf. All you need to worry about is getting better while we take care of the rest.
Compensation for Getting Hurt by a Defective Product
With a strong product liability case, we will be able to pursue compensation for your losses. Losses can be obvious things like the medical bills or wages you lost during your recovery.
Depending on your situation, we might also be able to go after compensation for long-term physical impairment caused by your wounds, past and future pain, future medical bills and lost wages, and other adverse consequences caused by the dangerous product.
Wrongful Death Cases
If you lost a loved one due to a defective product, we want to first convey our condolences for your loss. Losing a loved one is always hard. We know from experience how deeply it affects the lives of surviving family members to experience loss of this magnitude.
These losses affect you personally and financially. We hope that with our help, you could secure compensation to help your family properly grieve.
For a free legal consultation with a product liability lawyer serving Rayne, call (337) 777-7777
Examples of Defective Consumer Goods That Have Ended Up in Litigation
People have filed product liability lawsuits after getting harmed by dangerous products that did not perform as intended. A car airbag manufacturer got sued because the design of their product caused the device to explode instead of inflate, severely injuring drivers and passengers.
The makers of asbestos products were subject to lawsuits alleging that the use of asbestos causes lethal diseases like mesothelioma and other cancers.
Pharmaceutical companies have gotten sued by people claiming that legally prescribed opioid painkillers were addictive.
No matter the product, the company that produces it is responsible for ensuring that it is safe. Even big companies must be held accountable for oversights or negligence that harms people. We aren’t afraid to stand up to big companies and demand justice.
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Who Can Be Liable for a Dangerous Product?
The parties whose negligence caused or contributed to the product being dangerous or defective could be liable for the harm they caused. Manufacturers, designers, distributors, and marketers are potential defendants in these cases.
The parties who can be sued in your product liability case will be uncovered in the investigation. Sometimes there is only one defendant, while in other cases, there are two or more defendants.
An Overview of a Product Liability Case
Your product liability attorney may use multiple legal avenues to support your claims in your product liability case. They might argue strict liability (you are eligible for compensation even if the product wasn’t poorly produced) or breach of warranty (the product’s inherent problems breach its warranty), but most product liability cases focus on negligence.
Negligent manufacture of a product means that the maker of the item used substandard materials or processes when making the consumer good. The factory might have used the wrong component or an inferior one, causing the object to fail when used.
Negligent design cases argue that, no matter how good the components or the manufacturing processes, the flaw in the design of the product doomed it to fail. You do not need to prove that 100 percent of the items failed because of this flaw, as some design defects only reach a breaking point under specific circumstances, e.g. long-term or repeated use.
Sometimes, an industry knows about inherent dangers in a particular type of product, but the demand or need for the product outweighs the risk. A manufacturer must provide adequate warnings in the labeling or marketing of an item when there are known dangers.
Also, there can be product liability lawsuits when the maker or distributor fails to provide the information the consumer needs for the safe use of the product. For example, a furniture maker might need to warn consumers how to properly assemble a dresser and how to attach it to the wall to prevent it from tipping over on a child.
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How a Rayne Product Liability Lawyer Can Help You with Your Claim
We investigate every product liability case we agree to handle. We need to find out who might be at fault for the failure of the object. We look for all potential defendants who could be liable in your case.
We Will Handle the Process From Beginning to End
We can prepare your product liability claim and send it to the responsible party or their Insurance company. Preparing a case involves a great deal of work, including gathering documents to use as evidence, researching legal precedents, calculating the settlement value of the claim, and preparing and sending a demand letter to the at-fault party.
We Will Communicate with the At-Fault Party to Negotiate Your Award
We work directly with the at-fault party and their insurer, providing information that backs up your case and negotiating to try to reach a settlement for your claim. If the case cannot settle, and it is appropriate to do so, we can file a lawsuit and take the case to trial.
Contingency Fees in Product Liability Cases
We use contingency-fee arrangements in product liability cases. In other types of legal matters, like a divorce or a contract dispute, you would pay the lawyer by the hour for all the work they did on your case. Product liability cases are different.
We do not charge you a fee deposit at the beginning of the case. In fact, you do not pay any legal fees until the end. After we secure your financial award, we will take a percentage. If you do not win, you do not owe us anything.
There Is a Filing Deadline for Product Liability Lawsuits
Louisiana has a short timeline for product liability suits. Under CC Art. 3492, you must file the lawsuit within one year of the date of the incident or discovery. The date of incident would apply to situations like an airbag exploding. The date of discovery would apply to things like asbestos, which can take many years to develop into an illness.
Not knowing the filing deadline could destroy your case. Not only could your case get barred or thrown out, but if you are allowed to file past the deadline, you’ve lost a great deal of leverage to compel the at-fault party to pay.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
The filing deadline is one year for a wrongful death case, according to CC Art. 2315.2. You can talk to us about the possibility of taking legal action if you lost a loved one because of a dangerous or defective product.
How to Get Started on Your Rayne Product Liability Claim
You can reach out to Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers to get a free initial consultation. A member of our team can talk with you about your legal options, and how our Rayne product liability lawyer can help you pursue compensation.