Several products and imports today are manufactured unsafely, putting consumers at risk of serious injury and even death. Unfortunately, defective products are all too common in today’s global economy. Imports arrive every day from overseas where consumer safety standards can be dangerously low.
What is a Product Liability Claim?
When someone is injured or even killed by a defective product, they may have a claim called a “product liability” claim. In order to receive compensation for this claim, the consumer must demonstrate that the product was defective and that defect is what lead to the injury. From a legal perspective, the term “defective” means the product in question is unreasonably dangerous for its planned purpose. This “unreasonably dangerous” claim must be proven in court. Product liability cases are notoriously complicated and costly to litigate; they require a skilled personal injury lawyer who knows the legal system and has the proven experience to fight large or even multinational corporations.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
Anyone who knowingly put an unsafe or untested product into the market can be held accountable. This includes manufacturers, suppliers, assemblers, wholesalers, testing companies, and any other parties responsible during the selling/marketing of the defective product. There are several stages of a new product or drug’s life cycle and any party that does not hold true to America’s stringent safety standards can be held liable for injuries caused.
Many states have laws in place intended to protect the rights of consumers. Though recalls are issued regularly, companies responsible for defective products will rarely offer suitable compensation without the aid of a qualified attorney at your side. If you try to fight a pharmaceutical or international company alone, you are not likely to get very far. Only a qualified personal injury lawyer will be able to stand up for you to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one have been harmed in any way by a product you believe is defective, contact a skilled personal injury attorney right away. Always remember to save the defective product in question, and never under any circumstances send it back to the company unless advised by your lawyer. Time is often critical in cases like this: the sooner you begin the process of seeking damages, the better.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident that was not your fault, or you feel you may have a medical malpractice related claim or need social security disability benefits, call Graves McLain, the Tulsa Personal Injury Law Firm for a free confidential consultation at 918-359-6600. An experienced attorney will review your situation at no cost to you. We represent victims and their families in serious injury and death cases arising from medical mistakes, vehicle collisions, and other accidents.
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