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Product Liability

When a defective product harms a consumer, it can lead to debilitating and even life-changing injuries.

During a free consultation with a product liability attorney, you can find out what legal options are available to you.

Learn why people in the Lafayette and New Iberia, LA, area turn to the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy.

What Is Product Liability?

Product liability means that the designer or manufacturer is held liable for any defects in their products. Product liability law also means that these parties are responsible for providing adequate warnings regarding 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, and that the harm was the result of some form of defect in the product.

Examples of
Defective Products


  • Dangerous pharmaceuticals
  • Tainted over-the-counter medications
  • Faulty medical devices and implants
  • Hazardous household appliances
  • Deadly motor vehicles
  • Defective auto parts
  • Dangerous electronics and devices
  • Harmful toys and children's products

The Chain of Distribution Understanding Where Defects May Arise


Liability for a defective product may fall on one or more parties within the chain of distribution. This can include:

  • Product manufacturer
  • Manufacturer of specific parts
  • Assembler
  • Wholesaler
  • Marketer
  • Retailer

The type of defect will typically help our product liability lawyers identify the responsible party. For example, if you bought a new car and its faulty tires contributed to an auto accident, both the car manufacturer and the manufacturer of the tires 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.

Why You Need a Product Liability Lawyer

Research and Investigation

Our product liability lawyers can gather and assess evidence regarding a defective product. While building your case, we can consult with authorities in different fields that are relevant to the incident.

Knowledge of Product Liability Law

Our team has worked on a variety of product liability cases in the state of Louisiana over the years. We understand the nuances of consumer protection statutes and how they may apply to your case.

An Advocate for Your Best Interests

Companies have their own attorneys in their corner. Our product liability attorneys will not be intimidated by high-powered legal teams. We focus on achieving a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf.

Keeping You on Task

When you work with our Lafayette law firm, we will help you meet filing deadlines and keep you updated on the progress of your product liability claim. Our lawyers will keep you in the loop.

Have You Been Injured By a Defective Product? Contact Our Law Firm About Your Case


If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury from a defective consumer good, a product liability attorney with the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy can help. Our team will review the details of your case and hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries and losses. 

Our law firm serves the greater Lafayette and New Iberia area, and offers complimentary initial consultations. You can discuss your case for free with a product liability lawyer familiar with federal statutes as well as Louisiana consumer protection laws. This insight can give you a better idea of your various legal options.

To learn more about product liability claims and your legal options, contact our law office online. You can also request a free case evaluation by phone.

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(337) 232-1934

"They make sure you fully comprehend everything and take the time to answer questions and concerns. They are also protective of you, not just during depositions but the entire process. You feel like you are family and that they have your best interests in the forefront." Michelle Rochon, 5-Star Review

Statute of Limitations


The state of Louisiana has a short amount of time to initiate a product liability case. Residents of Louisiana have just one year from the date of injury in which to file a product liability claim. Time is of the essence, which is why it's important to request a free case review at our Lafayette law firm after you've been harmed by a defective product.

Proving a Defective Product Claim Key Elements in Product Liability


If you or a family member suffered harm because of a defective product, there are certain elements that have to be established in order to achieve a favorable verdict or settlement:

  • You were injured while using the product
  • You suffered losses as a result of the injury
  • The product was faulty or defective in some way
  • The product defect was what caused your injury
  • You were using the product for its intended purpose

The above seems straightforward, but it's important to speak with a lawyer about what happened. We can determine if you have a lawsuit worth pursuing, and hold the responsible party accountable for harming you and endangering countless other consumers.

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The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy

Richard R. Kennedy and Richard R. Kennedy III can help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve after a personal injury. Our attorneys have been recognized by:

  • Super Lawyers®
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent® Rating)

You can schedule a consultation at our office in Lafayette, LA, by contacting us online or by calling (337) 232-1934.

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