If you are injured while using a product, you may find yourself with expensive medical costs, lost income, long recovery times, or even a permanent disability. There is no need for you foot the bill on your own. Often, the company that produced the defective problem is responsible and they can be held accountable. The following guide can help you build your product liability case.
Is the company considered responsible for your injury?
Not every injury caused by a product is considered a fault of the product. First, you must have been using the product in the manner in which instructed by the manufacturer. Generally, your lawsuit must fall underneath one of the following categories:
Negligence – the manufacturer failed to fix or warn of a possible danger.
Breach of warranty – failure to uphold the warranty resulted in an injury.
Strict liability – The product was defective or unexpectedly dangerous, but negligence may not have been a factor.
A lawyer can help you determine which applies to your case.
Who do you sue?
Generally, the lawsuit is brought against the manufacturer of the product, but there may be others that also are responsible. These generally include the distributors or wholesalers and the retail outlet. This is especially applicable if there was failure along this chain of supply to pull a recalled product from the shelf or if they marketed the product to the wrong audience or for unsafe purposes. There generally aren't limits and you can name multiple entities in your case.
Can you sue foreign entities?
With more products manufactured overseas or developed by foreign companies, there is a good chance that the entity named on your lawsuit won't be US based. This should not be a problem, though. When a company decides to sell their product in the U.S., they agree to follow US laws. This means it is possible to take a foreign company to court for your injury.
What if you didn't purchase the product?
You won't need to a proof of purchase or anything else, simply because you don't have to be the purchaser. You can sue for product liability even if you were given the item as a gift or if you were borrowing it. You may even have a liability case if someone else was using the product when it malfunctioned and caused your injury.
For more help, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area.Share
10 March 2017
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