What kind of products can cause harm?
If you or a loved one has been injured by a product, contact a Las Vegas product liability attorney to see if you have a claim. The list of products that can cause injuries or death is lengthy and grows all the time. Some of the most common types include:
- Children’s toys
- Products used for infants and children
- Vape pens
- Exploding cell phones
- Electronics that cause fires
- Defective drugs
- Auto parts or automobiles
- Equipment and machinery
- Defective household products
- Defective cosmetics
- Defective medical devices
- Medical complications
- Contaminated food
If a product caused or contributed to an injury or death, a Las Vegas product liability attorney can review the case and decide if there are grounds to pursue a claim. They’ll consider design, manufacturing, and marketing defect claims. If the product wasn’t as safe as it should be, you should contact a Las Vegas product liability attorney.
Who is responsible?
Manufacturing a product that will be used by consumers carries liability risks if the product is not safe or suitable for the use it is designed for or the way it is advertised. The manufacturer is responsible for testing the products it sells to ensure they are safe for use. You’re probably aware of the crash dummies car manufacturers use to test their cars. They don’t do that because they’re good hearted. They do it because they are liable. Well, maybe they’re good-hearted, too. But they are responsible for liability from defects.
Additionally, those who sell the product to consumers can be liable for defects as well. The theory is that sellers should vet the manufacturers of the products they sell and that by selling them, they are asserting that they are safe for use. For example, a seller who imports products for use by children from a country that does not adhere to the safety standards required in the United States should ensure the products they are importing meet US standards.
How a Las Vegas product liability attorney can help?
Product liability claims are complex cases that require extensive knowledge and experience. Your Las Vegas product liability attorney will evaluate the case, identify any party with potential liability, and whether to pursue strict liability or prove negligence.
Product liability claims can involve several legal principles including strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. Each one leads to different outcomes and types of cases. Product liability cases are technical, often requiring experts from numerous areas including pharmacology, engineering, chemical science, medicine, and other disciplines.
Due to their complexity, your personal injury lawyer may call expert witnesses or do extensive research into the product chain to identify all the parties who may share in liability for the defect. Many parties may be responsible for damages in a product liability suit including the manufacturer of the product, the manufacturer of parts used in the product, a company that assembled or installed the product, wholesalers, or retailers that brought the product to the consumer.
Another complication that can occur if the defending attorney attempts to shift responsibility to make you prove your use of the product was not negligent.
If you or a close family member has suffered injury or death as the result of a defective or dangerous product, contact us today. Once you have a litigator who understands product liability by your side, you’ll be in a better position to move forward with your suit. Providing unsafe products that injure consumers can cause irreparable harm, but it should not leave you in financial straits. Companies that are negligent are accountable for their acts or failures to take precautions. Pursuing your case helps protect others from harm because once a manufacturer knows a product has harmed someone, they are less likely to continue selling it and they may voluntarily recall the product or be forced to recall it.