Consumers expect their products to work. When a product malfunctions and causes an injury, you will likely want to know who you can sue in a defective products case. The answer is that multiple parties may be liable, including the manufacturer, retailer, and distributor.
When a product malfunctions, you may have costs associated with the injuries it caused. A lawsuit is one way you can get compensation for those damages. A lawyer from our team can lay out your options and help you decide on the best course of action. Those responsible for the defective product should be the ones to cover the costs of your injuries.
You Could Collect Compensation for Your Damages in a Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit is meant to compensate victims for the costs of an injury that they did not cause. Dog bites, slip and fall accidents, and car crashes can all lead to lawsuits. In the case of defective products, a lawsuit can help compensate consumers when they were injured because of:
- A product malfunction
- Design flaws
- Incomplete or inaccurate instructions regarding product usage
For example, if you were involved in an accident because of brake failure, that could warrant a defective product lawsuit. If the design of the brakes did not work as intended or a part was not installed correctly, you may have a case against the car manufacturer. Another example would be a failure on the part of a toy manufacturer to alert parents that a toy is unsafe for children under 2.
These are examples of different types of defective product liability. Any one of these situations can result in a lawsuit. You have a right to seek compensation from the companies that made, sold, and marketed the items, and you do not need to be intimidated when you have a lawyer at your side.
Damages You Could Recover in a Product Liability Case
Some of the damages you could recover include:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Costs associated with a death from a product defect, such as funeral and burial
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), jurors awarded more in personal injury cases dealing with product liability than with any other type of liability in 2018. In fact, defective product-related injuries happen so often that the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) created a searchable database of products that are known to be harmful. Other types of liability can include premises liability and medical malpractice.
A lawyer can determine the amount you qualify to pursue and which damages to include. You will also need to be aware of the statute of limitations where you live. Most states allow two or three years for a personal injury claim, and you must file within that timeframe. Consult with our team to learn more.
Defective Products Can Cause Injury
If you suffered injuries because of a defective product, you have a right to seek compensation from the manufacturer, retailer, distributor, or another party. You will need to be able to prove that you suffered injuries as a direct result of the product’s defect, along with proving that the product is defective.
What that means is that your lawsuit will have to show evidence that your injury was not a result of your negligent misuse or mishandling of the product.
These are tasks that a lawyer can help you with. With guidance from our firm, you will know how the details of your case come together to build a strong lawsuit for compensation. You can also learn the value of your case.
Call Us Today to Learn More
After an injury caused by a faulty or dangerous product, it’s important to know who you can sue in a defective products case. The answer is that several parties could be liable, including the manufacturer, retailer, and distributor. The facts of your case, the type of product, the nature of your accident, and other factors will all play a role in determining who you can sue and how. Our team can answer these questions for you.
Do not wait any longer to get started on your lawsuit. You can call the team at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. for a free consultation regarding your case. Call now at (631) 600-0000. You do not want to allow the statute of limitations to run out.