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Product liability lawsuits involve the malfunctioning of a defective product that causes injury to an individual.
These cases are often complex and require a good working knowledge of the inner workings of the products that may have caused the injury. They also require the use of expert witnesses who can testify on behalf of the plaintiff to show how the product malfunctioned causing injury.
In some cases, these lawsuits involve one defective product injuring multiple defendants. Firms that take on product liability lawsuits must have the experience and manpower to successfully resolve them in their client’s favor.
The product liability attorneys at Stanger Stanfield Law have successfully managed product liability claims for our clients. For more information, give us a call or talk to us online and we can begin discussing the details of your case.
Three Kinds of Product Liability Lawsuits
There are three kinds of product liability lawsuits.
- Defect in design lawsuits,
- Defect in manufacturing lawsuits,
- Failure to warn lawsuits.
Defective Design Product Liability Lawsuits
Lawsuits that allege defective design are claiming that the product was intrinsically flawed and this flaw led to someone or a number of someone’s (as is usually the case) being injured.
One example of a defective design lawsuit involved Takata airbags. These airbags, which had been installed on a number of vehicles, were prone to exploding in very humid climates. Over the course of several years, this resulted in 22 deaths and several serious permanent injuries. It was discovered that a design defect made the airbags more susceptible to forceful explosions in humid climates. It was also discovered that Takata knew about the design defect and failed to issue a recall.
They were sued for hundreds of millions of dollars and injured parties were awarded punitive damages for Takata’s gross misconduct.
Manufacturing Defect Lawsuits
Lawsuits that allege manufacturing defects involve cases in which the design of the product may be sound, but something went wrong during the manufacturing process.
Here is an example: A drug manufactured at a specific pharmaceutical plant begins making people ill. While the majority of people may have taken take the drug without incident, a number of cases where people did get sick are be traced to a plant in which sanitation standards had severely lapsed.
It turned out that due to that lapse, a number of people became ill.
Failure to Warn Lawsuits
Lawsuits that allege failure to warn involve incidents in which someone is injured due to the misuse of a product. Nonetheless, a company may be responsible for paying significant damages to that person if it can be shown that their misuse was foreseeable.
One modern example of this is the opioid epidemic. A number of municipalities are suing opioid manufacturers for misleading doctors and patients. These pharmaceuticals allegedly told doctors that their products had a much lower risk of creating dependency problems. Doctors went ahead and prescribed them for their patients in outrageous numbers, and this to the opioid crisis that we have today.
In this case, the pharmaceutical companies are being sued for failing to warn doctors about the dangers of their product.
Do You Have A Case?
If you’ve been injured by a product (for example, a malfunctioning appliance in your home), you may be entitled to compensation from the person or company that caused your injuries. These include:
- Baby Seats
- Consumer Appliances
- Pharmaceutical drugs
Contact Stanger Stanfield Law – we can help you understand your rights.
Compensation for your Damages
Damages can include lost wages (both past and future), replacement of the actual defective product, medical bills (again, both past and future), loss of enjoyment in life, permanent injury, and damage to property and other related areas.
Statute of Limitations
Every state has established time limits for filing lawsuits. These time limits depend upon such issues as when the acts occurred, when the damage was discovered, what the reasons were for any delays in discovering the damage, etc. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for product liability claims is three years.
If you’ve been injured, don’t wait to call! The sooner you contact an attorney, the better able they will be to protect your right to pursue damages. If your case is not filed in time, you can lose all of your rights.
Contact Us Today
Contact our experienced product liability lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. We will discuss your case and devise next steps.