Who is Responsible in a Product Liability Lawsuit?

One of the largest areas of personal injury has to do with defective products. People get hurt by dangerous and defective products every day. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about another child being injured with a toy. Or, you read stories online about a new product liability lawsuit being filed against a drug company for a dangerous medication.

For years, we have seen more class actions filed against companies for selling dangerous and defective products. Because they’re sold on the open market, they can potentially harm hundreds or thousands of people. And, sadly, a lot of the people injured are children.

Las Vegas personal injury lawyers know just how to handle a defective products case. They’re aware of the different types of product liability cases. They also know who they need to name in any product liability lawsuit. And, most importantly, they have the experience necessary to get their client the compensation they deserve.

There are 3 Main Types of Product Liability Cases

For the most part, there are three (3) main types of product liability cases. While they all need to be treated separately from a legal standpoint, they all involve the same thing – dangerous products.

Consumers have the right to know that companies won’t sell them stuff that can harm them. And, if a product is potentially harmful, consumers have a right to know about that harm. When product manufacturers and retailers don’t do the right thing, people get hurt.

The three main types of product liability cases include:

  • Defective design – In these cases, no matter whether the product was made properly or not, it was inherently dangerous. For example, if a car is designed to blow up if the left turn signal is hit by another car, it is going to be dangerous no matter what.
  • Manufacturing defect – There are times when a product was intended to be safe, but something goes wrong in the manufacturing of that product. For example, if a piece of tin finds its way into a pudding cup, it can be lethal. It doesn’t mean the pudding is dangerous. It means it’s defective because of the tin.
  • Failure to Warn – Sometimes, a product could be safe if the manufacturer warned their consumers about potential dangers. For example, certain toys can be dangerous for young children. This is why toymakers put an age limit on their packaging.

The type of product liability lawsuit you file will determine who your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer will pursue. It will come down to what level of manufacturing the error or danger occurred.

Your Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Will Pursue the Necessary Parties

If you or your child has been injured by a defective product, you’ll want justice. You may want to sue everyone who has ever touched the product. For example, you may want to file suit against the following:

  • The store who sold you the product
  • The distributor or wholesale
  • The company who manufactured the product
  • The person who designed the product
  • Any sales person who pushed the marketing of the product

And, depending on your case, you may have to name one or more of these parties in your lawsuit.

Your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer will review your case and help decide who may be responsible. If the defect is far removed from the person who sold you the product, you may not want to sue the retailer.

For example, let’s say you bought an inflatable pool. When you got the pool, it was in a sealed box. After blowing up the pool, it appeared fine. A few hours later, you realize the pool deflates at a very scary rate. Your child ends up trapped in the pool and suffers brain damage.

if you bought the inflatable pool at a department store, you may choose to not name that department store in your product liability lawsuit. However, you’ll certainly want to pursue the company who made the pool. And, if a separate company designed the pool, your Las Vegas injury attorney will name them as well.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

If you or your family member are injured by a defective product, you need help. You should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas right away. You may have a valid product liability claim.

Call Nettles Morris today and schedule your free initial consultation. And remember – you pay nothing until you settle your case.

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