Just about any type of product can have a dangerous defect if designed, manufactured, or advertised incorrectly. If you suffered injuries because of a defective product, you may have grounds for a compensation claim. You could have a case against multiple parties, including the designer, manufacturer, distributor, or vendor of the product.
Read on to learn about four types of products that often contain dangerous defects.
Motor Vehicles, Parts, and Components
Car accidents are a leading cause of unintentional injuries and death in the United States. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says most collisions stem from driver error, a significant number involve defective auto parts.
Any defect in the following parts can lead to a serious wreck or worsen the severity of injuries in a traffic collision:
- Braking system
- Steering wheel and system
- Seat belts
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Medications and Medical Devices
Pharmaceutical drugs undergo extensive testing before they enter the consumer market. Unfortunately, these evaluations do not always identify all harmful effects of a drug. In recent years, many drugs led to defective medication lawsuits, including:
If a medication causes unintended, harmful side effects not listed on its label, the victim may have grounds for a claim against the drug’s manufacturer. Some medical devices can also have defects that cause serious side effects, illness, injury, and death. Examples include:
- Surgical tools or instruments
- Implanted devices
- Surgical mesh
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters
A seemingly benign household appliance can be a disaster waiting to happen. Appliance defects can cause injuries, property damage, and even death. The following household items are often the cause of product liability claims:
- Kitchen ranges without anti-tip devices
- Faulty water heaters
- Clothes dryers that accumulate too much lint
- Hair dryers that cause fires
Product liability cases related to children’s toys can be particularly traumatic. A negligently designed toy can be a choking hazard or cause other serious injuries. In addition, toys that contain lead can cause serious, life-long cognitive effects and other illnesses.
Parents who would like to check for toy recalls should visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.
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Taking Action if You or a Family Member Suffered Injuries
Did you or a family member suffer injuries because of a defective or dangerous product? Unfortunately, many victims of faulty products are unaware that they have the right to file a lawsuit.
This means they wind up covering high medical bills, lost income, and other damages out of their own pocket. These victims also do not receive any compensation for the intangible losses they suffered, such as pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and scarring and disfigurement.
You do not have to make this mistake. You can discuss your case with our personal injury law firm and hire us to fight for your financial recovery. The deadlines in these cases come quick, though, so it is important to connect with an attorney as soon as you can.
State Law Restricts the Time to File a Lawsuit
Under CC Art. 3492, most people only have up to a year to take legal action in these cases. Missing the deadline means:
- The court bars you from suing the liable party or parties.
- It may be difficult or impossible to get a fair
You can connect with our law firm today to give us time to build a case and navigate the claims process before the deadline passes.
How Can a Personal Injury Firm Help After a Defective Product Injury?
Our team provides complimentary case reviews for injured victims. We can help you understand your rights if you were injured by a defective product. When you work with an attorney from our firm, they can:
- Investigate the cause of your injury
- Gather evidence
- Determine who you have grounds to file a claim against
- Help you fight for just compensation
Most manufacturers of defective products are large companies, or even multi-million-dollar corporations. You do not have to try to handle a claim against them on your own. An attorney with our team may be able to handle this process for you while you continue your treatment and heal from your injuries.
If your case goes to trial, you will want to have an attorney with litigation experience to represent your interests in court. In some cases, a defective product injury could support a mass tort, such as a class action or multi-district litigation. This is something our law firm can research for you and explain in more detail.
Speak with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers About Your Injuries Today
If a defective product hurt you or a family member, turn to Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers. A member of our team will evaluate the case at no cost to you to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience protecting the rights of the injured. Call (337) 777-7777 to schedule a free consultation.