September 06, 2018

I Was Injured by a Defective Product – Can I Sue?

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When using a new or even an everyday product, you expect it to be safe and manufactured properly. However, accidents happen and it’s not always user error. If you were hurt by using a certain product or piece of equipment, you may be wondering if you can sue the manufacturer. The answer is yes, you may be able to sue if the product was defective and that defect caused your injury. In some cases, you may be able to sue the product’s seller as well.

Manufacturing Defects

A common type of defective product involves a manufacturing defect. If you were injured because of such a defect, you can sue even if the manufacturer was careful when making the product.

Let’s look at an example. Say that you owned a car, and the airbag didn’t inflate during an accident. It turned out that the reason it didn’t work properly was because of a manufacturing defect. If you were hurt in the accident because of that defect, you can sue the manufacturer.

Design Defects

Sometimes a product is dangerous not because of a manufacturing error but because the design itself is dangerous. For example, poorly designed SUVs tend to roll over in certain situations. If you were injured when you were in such a vehicle when it rolled over, then you can to sue the manufacturer.

Failure to Warn

Manufacturers have a legal duty to provide adequate warnings of any non-obvious dangers as well as instructions in how to properly use the product. For example, say a bed can only safely support a certain amount of weight. If you or family members were injured because the weight limit was exceeded and the bed collapsed, you can sue the manufacturer if there was no warning about the weight limit on the product or in the instructions.

What You May Receive If You Sue the Manufacture

If you win a lawsuit against a manufacturer or seller of a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for many things related to your injury, including your medical bills and related expenses, wages lost because of your injury, and your pain and suffering. Sometimes, you can even recover punitive damages.  The compensation you receive may cover expenses and losses that you already paid or experienced, that you are paying or experiencing now, or that you may be expected to pay or experience in the future.

Contact Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, LLP If You Were Hurt By a Defective Product

Defective product lawsuits are complicated. You should talk to an experienced defective product lawyer to find out if you have a good case. It’s important to find a great law firm that can stand up to the team of lawyers working for the manufacturer or seller. Here at GCW, we are passionate in fighting for the rights of our clients. We know how hard it is to deal with an unexpected injury, and we are determined to use all available resources of the legal system to help you rebuild your life. Contact us to find out more. 

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