A Product Liability Attorney Can Help Hold Manufacturers Responsible
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury from a defective product, a product liability attorney with the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy in Lafayette, LA, can fight for you and hold the responsible parties, such as a manufacturer, accountable for your injuries and losses. Manufacturers are charged with providing consumers safe products. When an injury results from a defective product, the manufacturer is liable for your injuries and the expenses you may incur as a result. If you suffered an injury due to a defective product, contact our law firm to have your case reviewed by one of our attorneys.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability means that the manufacturer is held liable for any defects in their products, and responsible for providing adequate warnings regarding potential hazards that can result from improper use. It can also extend to others in the chain of distribution, such as the assembler or retailer. In most product liability cases, the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff. This means that the injured party must prove that one or more parties in the chain of distribution was negligent, resulting in some form of defect.
Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim to determine which parties are liable for your injuries.
The Chain of Distribution
Liability for a defective product may fall on one or more parties within the chain of distribution. These can include:
- Product manufacturer
- Manufacturer of specific parts or component parts
The type of defect will typically help the attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy identify the responsible party. For example, if you bought a new car and the brakes were defective, resulting in an accident, both the car manufacturer and the manufacturer of the brakes could be held liable. During an investigation, we might discover that the brakes were defective because an assembler missed a key step in the assembly process. In that case, the assembler would also be liable.
Types of Product Defects
Defects in Design
This means the product was faulty from the beginning. Typically, the manufacturer did not perform sufficient testing to reveal any design defects. An example of a design defect is an SUV that is prone to tipping when going around sharp turns.
These can occur at any stage in the manufacturing process and can also include parts made by another manufacturer, such as brake pads. Manufacturing defects can result because of a careless assembler or problems with the machinery used to build the product.
Marketing defects typically include misleading or insufficient package labeling, safety warnings, and inadequate instructions for proper use. Products should include clear instructions for how the product should be used as well as how it should not be used. Inadequate labels, instructions, and warnings can all lead to injury.
Our Product Liability Attorneys Can Help
Product liability can be confusing with so many different parties involved in the chain of distribution. It helps to have an experienced product liability attorney on your side. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim to determine which parties are liable for your injuries. Meanwhile, you can defer all inquiries from insurance companies to us to prevent them from underestimating and diminishing your losses. Many victims of manufacturer negligence have collected substantial restitution with our help.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have suffered an injury caused by a defective product, contact the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy today to schedule your free initial consultation. Our attorneys can help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled and hold negligent parties responsible.