Stroudsburg Product Liability Lawyer
Product manufacturers have the responsibility to make sure the products they release to the market are safe for consumers to use. This is true for every product, like automobiles, electronics, furniture and even food and drugs. When a victim suffers an illness or an injury because of a faulty or defective consumer product, he or she may pursue compensation for his or her related damages through a product liability claim. Our experienced Stroudsburg product liability lawyers are here to assist you with your case.
What Kinds of Defects can Products Have?
There are a few different ways a product can be deemed defective. These are:
- Defective design. These products are defective from before they are even manufactured; parts might be insufficient for the product’s purpose or the product might be overpowered or underpowered;
- Manufacturing defects. This kind of defect occurs in the product’s manufacturing, rather than its design; and
- Poor marketing. A product might also be dangerous because it is marketed inappropriately or it does not come with appropriate safety labels. Products that have inherent dangerous features, like knives, can fall into this category when they are not labeled properly or when they do not come with consumer safety instructions.
Who is Liable When a Defective Product Causes an Injury?
In many cases, the defective product’s manufacturer is liable for the victim’s damages. However, other parties can be liable as well, either individually or alongside the product manufacturer.
Depending on the circumstances that led to the victim suffering an injury from a defective product, the product’s distributor, marketer, or retailer can be deemed liable for the victim’s damages. If a party knew or should have known about the defect that resulted in the victim’s injury and did not address is properly by recalling the product, removing it from store shelves, or adequately warning consumers about the product’s safety risks, that party could be liable for the victim’s damages.
Pursuing Compensation for your Product-related Injury Damages
When you file a product liability claim, you can pursue monetary compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
In order to recover compensation, you must demonstrate how your injury would not have happened if the negligent party had acted appropriately to protect you from harm. As mentioned above, each party’s duty of care to consumers depends on their role in the product’s distribution chain. Your lawyer can help you demonstrate your claim’s relevant facts through evidence like photographs of your injury and the product, documentation of the manufacturer’s failure to recall the product or the retailer’s failure to stop selling it, and documentation of your tangible damages like copies of your medical bills.
Work with an Experienced Stroudsburg Product Liability Lawyer
If you were injured by a defective consumer product, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your related damages through a product liability claim. To learn more about your rights as an injured victim and to start working on your claim, schedule your initial consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Needle Law Firm today.