Injured By A Faulty Product? We Can Help
If you or a family member suffered harm due to a potentially defective product, one of the first and most important steps you can take after receiving medical attention is to contact the knowledgeable product liability attorneys at the Minton Law Firm.
We have a right to expect consumer products are safe when used as instructed and for their intended purposes.
But the sad reality is that tens of thousands of innocent people are killed and millions more are injured by defective products each year, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Examples of Defective Products
Faulty products with the potential to harm come in all forms. Product liability lawsuits are commonly related to:
- Dangerous medications and faulty medical devices
- Defective motor vehicles or vehicle parts
- Hazardous household appliances or furnishings
- Unsafe children’s products
- Tainted food
- Toxic cleaning agents and other chemical compounds
- Flawed machinery or industrial equipment
Although agencies such as the CPSC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) monitor for defective products and initiate recalls. Faulty products often injure or claim the lives of multiple people before they are recalled.
Factors in Defective Product Cases
Product liability claims generally relate to one of three categories:
- Design defect: A design flaw results in a product that is fundamentally dangerous
- Manufacturing defect: A problem in the production process, such as contamination or a manufacturing error, causes inherent product dangers
- Marketing defect: Inadequate warnings about risks, insufficient instructions for safe use, or misrepresentation of the product contribute to the potential for harm
A successful product liability case must demonstrate that the product was defective and that the defect led to the injury. Visit this blog for more info about factors in your defective product case.
Proving Product Liability
Establishing liability for a defective product includes proving a few key elements about the product and the resulting injury:
- You were injured or sustained monetary losses due to the product
- You were using the product for its intended purpose
- The product is defective due to a design flaw, manufacturing error or faulty marketing materials
- The defect contributed to your injury
A consultation with an experienced product liability attorney can help you determine if you have the legal grounds to pursue a defective product case.
Compensation in Product Liability Cases
Compensation in defective product claims may include money for damages that include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Disability or diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property loss
- Funeral and burial expenses in the event of wrongful death
In some cases, a court may also award punitive damages. Punitive damages consist of additional compensation intended to punish the defendant for reckless behavior and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
Contact a Little Rock Product Liability Attorney
As with other types of personal injury cases, your time to file a claim related to a defective product is limited by a statute of limitations.
In Arkansas, injury victims generally have three years from the date the injury occurred to file a lawsuit.
While there are some exceptions, it is in your best interest to consult with an injury lawyer as soon as possible to preserve evidence and thoroughly investigate your claim in a timely fashion.
If you were hurt or a family member died due to what you believe may be a defective product, please call our Little Rock product liability lawyers at the Minton Law Firm at 501-794-0001 or contact us online to arrange your free consultation. We welcome clients from the greater Little Rock and Benton areas, and across Arkansas.