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What is Product Liability?
Product liability is that area of the law dealing with injuries caused by unsafe or defective products. A person can suffer an injury from a product from misuse, inattention or some other user-based cause, but when the injury is the result a defect with the product, which renders it unreasonably dangerous, then the manufacturer or seller of the product can be held liable for the injuries caused. An Alabama product liability lawyer can help people injured by a defective product.
Any product can give rise to a products liability claim. Defective products can be found anywhere, including at home and in the workplace, and can include:
- Child car seats
- High chairs
- Factory equipment
- Medical devices
If use of a product carries a known risk, such as a side effect in the case of a drug or a unguarded pinch point on a piece of industrial machinery, the product must be accompanied by warnings informing the user of the risk. If warning is not given and the risk causes injury, the manufacturer can be held liable for its failure to warn.
Why Choose an Alabama Products Liability Lawyer?
Accidents involving products are often complex, and it can sometimes be difficult to determine the cause of the accident. People who have been injured are usually not in a position to conduct the investigation and fact finding necessary to properly evaluate a potential product liability claim. Additionally, product manufacturers are usually reluctant to admit their products are unsafe, and they usually employ attorneys to support their position.
An Alabama product liability lawyer can help injured parties by conducting an investigation of the accident, representing his or her client’s interests in dealing with the manufacturer or insurance company, gathering necessary documents, and advocating in court if necessary.
Most product liability attorneys will not charge a fee unless a recovery is made on their client’s behalf, and they will not charge for their investigation in helping an injured party determine whether they have a case.
How an Alabama Products Liability Attorney Can Help
Product makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a product maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by the fault of others may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.