Although several federal and state regulations have been enforced to ensure that every product sold to consumers is safe for use, many manufacturers and sellers are negligent. Because of their carelessness, products may have design, manufacturing, and marketing defects. These defects cause the customer to suffer several medical, emotional, and economical damages.
If you have been injured after using a defective product, you are entitled to compensation from the negligent party. It can be confusing to determine the responsible party for your damages and prove their negligence. In such situations, the guidance of a Lexington personal injury attorney is essential.
Who is liable to pay you?
Depending on the defect in the product, many parties can be held liable for their negligence. Your lawyer analyses the flaws in the product and your damages to hold the correct party accountable.
Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that every product is manufactured carefully and is safe for use. There may be errors during designing or production, and it may have broken parts which makes it hazardous for consumers. The manufacturer of a specific malfunctioning component of the product can also be held liable.
When the retailer is aware of the defects in the product and proceeds to sell it or uses improper marketing tactics to attract customers, they can be liable to compensate you despite not playing a part in the manufacturing process. They must label products properly, provide sufficient instructions to ensure customers are cautious, and warn them about any possible hazards so that they are informed before making a purchase.
Often, there is a wholesaler between the manufacturer and retailer in the distribution chain. When the wholesaler fails to take reasonable care and causes damage to the products which are sold to the customer, they are held liable to compensate them.
The elements required to prove your defective product liability claim.
It can be challenging to understand how to prove the liable party’s negligence to receive your rightful compensation. While state laws may vary, these are the major elements that need to be proven. Your lawyer is aware of what is required and helps you gather and collect appropriate evidence.
- The product was defective.
- The defective product led to your damages.
- You suffered injuries or other losses.
- You used the product as it should be used.
After suffering from damages, you are likely emotionally distressed and unable to take the proper legal steps to file for compensation. The support of a lawyer in Lexington can be significantly beneficial and help you have peace of mind.