We want the goods we pay for to work how they are supposed to, and we usually find that to be a fairly reasonable expectation. Whether it’s as expensive as a car or as important as medication, the products we use are intended for our benefit and not to harm. After all, they are called “goods” for a reason. Unfortunately, some products are found to do just the opposite, and some cause lasting or irreparable damage. When you have been the victim of a faulty or dangerous product, it’s important to contact a lawyer right away who can assist you through the legal process of compensation. The quicker you file a claim, the more evidence can be collected and the better your chances are for trial success.
Although manufacturers are subject to strict laws and regulations, accidental and/or neglectful errors can occur. A wrong ingredient can get added to a medication, a warning label could contain a misprint, and even food products can become contaminated with allergens or pathogens. These errors can call lead to severe injury and/or medical intervention. If you have experienced difficulty breathing, serious cuts or burns, internal bleeding, organ damage, broken bones, poisoning, severe allergic reactions, loss of consciousness, convulsions, and/or loss of sight or hearing, you may be entitled to compensation from the company who supplied the defective product. Some products and medication are recalled when a flaw has been discovered through mass use. It is important to heed the warnings from these recalls and stop using the product immediately. If a medication is recalled, talk with your doctor about finding a replacement before you abandon your prescription altogether. Then, contact a lawyer who can discuss with you your entitled damages.
Some products carry inherit risk with them, such as knives or power tools, and companies may not always be at fault for your injuries. For instance, if you cut yourself with a knife while cooking, that could be construed as user error rather than product defect. However, if you were using the knife properly and it snapped in half causing a deep enough cut to warrant stitches, you could build a case for negligence against the knife company. You must be able to prove the harm done to you would not have occurred if it weren’t for a mistake or act of negligence made by the manufacturer.
A product liability case can quickly turn complicated when trying to discover who is at fault for the defective good. The problem could have occurred during manufacturing if the product was made incorrectly or a contaminant was accidently introduced to the process. The fault could be with the retail store you bought the product from if they knowingly sold you the defected form or didn’t screen for damages. The problem could have also originated from the producer themselves if they didn’t perform quality testing on the product before launching it into the marketplace. Sometimes your case won’t be against just one of these links in the chain, but all three.
Building a case against a company or manufacturer takes quite a few steps and requires detailed knowledge on product liability law. You’ll want to make sure you have an experienced advocate on your side who can help you win your case. MG Law in Ottawa, Ontario specializes in product liability cases helping clients find reimbursement for their injuries and preventing further harm from occurring to any other unaware consumers. This law firm offers a free initial consultation discussing whether or not your experience with a product warrants legal action so you don’t have to pay until you know you have a valid case.
Once you and your lawyer have decided to proceed with legal action, any number of results can occur. You may seek to recover monetary loss from the purchase of the product itself or any medical bills from the injury you suffered. You may be the only victim in your case, or there may be dozens who were injured in the same way and are all seeking compensation. Lastly, you may wish the person responsible to meet justice through criminal punishment if through discovery it is found they acted with harmful intent to cause the product defect. No matter your intended result, a knowledgeable lawyer will be your best asset to achieve a win.
Even if you were not the buyer or the user of a product, but were still harmed by it, you can still bring a case against the producer of that particular product. Maybe you took an over-the-counter medication from a friend that ended up containing contaminants, or maybe you were a passenger in a car with faulty brakes. In both of these cases, you would still be a victim of the defect and can sue for damages. If the company who made the product is no longer in business, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are out of luck. Often times when companies merge or one buys out the other, they will inherit the previous company’s past, present, and future liabilities. Even companies that completely shut down will still hold a certain amount of funds aside for possible future claims against them. Product liability claims do have time limits on them, however, depending on the nature of the injury and what type of claim it is. Your lawyer will be able to explain which laws and restrictions apply to your specific case. Generally, the sooner you seek counsel, the easier it will be to gather evidence in support of your case.
Product defects can range from small annoyances to major problems. It’s a bummer when the pump of a lotion bottle fails to work properly, but this minor frustration rarely demands for a full-on lawsuit. It’s when the lotion gives you a bacterial infection or terrible rash that sends you to the hospital that the lawsuit is justified. If you have been the victim of a product default and think you deserve compensation for your troubles, don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer right away. The attention of your case could save hundreds of people from the same fate.