Defective Product: Product Liability Claim
Defective product announcements enter the news on a daily basis. The products that can be defective and cause injury to an individual include everything from a vehicle, to a small appliance, to a small medical device.
If you or a loved one suffers injury due to a defective product, you may have several questions about your legal options. Below the product liability lawyers at Contrada & Associates have highlighted three important things to know if you believe that you have a products liability claim.
Product Liability Claim
- There are three main reasons for product liability lawsuits – design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. When it comes to a design defect, there must be an obvious flaw in the design of the product while a manufacturing defect occurs during the actual manufacturing of the product. A marketing defect is defined as a failure to warn the consumer of the hazard that the product poses, or to provide incorrect safety instructions.
- Do not dispose of the defective product – you are unable to pursue a products liability claim without the defective product. Keep the product and any packaging or pieces that you may have and share them with your lawyer. Attorney Charlie Contrada was recently contacted by a potential client regarding a claim on the failure of airbags to deploy, but they already got rid of the vehicle. Because of this, the individual does not have a product liability claim.
- Take action before the statute of limitations is up – in Ohio, that statute of limitations is two years to pursue a defective products claim. Our products liability lawyers recommend seeking legal advice immediately following the incident in which the product causes injury.
Product Liability Claim Lawyer
While our personal injury lawyers have highlighted three important things related to a defective product claim, there are several other details that an injured individual should know. We advise contacting a product liability lawyer as soon as possible if an injury is caused by a defect, whether it is due to design, manufacturing, or marketing.
To speak to one of the lawyers at Contrada & Associates about your experience with a defective product, call 419.841.4400. Our product liability lawyers will explain the options that you have regarding the injuries sustained.