Montgomery Defective Product Lawyers
When we purchase goods and products, we expect them to be safe to use as intended. When you are injured by a dangerous or defective product, you have a right to demand compensation from the manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers responsible. However, these companies have significant resources they can dedicate to fighting your product liability claim. This means you need experienced legal representation to fight for the full financial compensation you deserve.
Contact the Montgomery product liability attorneys at Serious Injury Law Group today to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation. Our firm has extensive knowledge about these types of cases, and we have the resources to take on deep-pocketed companies.
About Our Montgomery Product Liability Lawyers
At Serious Injury Law Group, our product liability lawyers in Montgomery, AL, have earned a reputation for successfully taking on large corporations that have harmed consumers. Our firm comes highly recommended by satisfied clients due to:
- Our exclusive focus on helping the victims of personal injury, with years of experience specifically handling dangerous and defective product cases
- Our tough, aggressive approach to settlement negotiations and our extensive experience in product liability litigation, which has resulted in a long track record of outstanding settlements and verdicts
- Our focus on being respectful of your time and always being responsive to you
- Our efforts to be available to meet and speak with you whenever and wherever is most convenient for you, including in your home, at the hospital, or over the phone
- Our strong ties to the community as a locally owned business
What Do You Have to Prove in a Product Liability Claim?
Just because you were injured while using a product does not automatically mean that you have a viable product liability claim. In order to prove a defective product claim in Alabama, you must establish that:
- You were injured by a product that was sold to you in a defective condition.
- The product was in a defective condition when it left the manufacturer or retailer’s control.
- You did not substantially alter the product in such a way as to cause the defect that led to your injury.
A product may be deemed defective due to:
- Design defects: A flaw in the design of the product made it unreasonably dangerous. The manufacturer could have chosen a safer alternative design that was both available and practical at the time.
- Manufacturing defects: An error in how the product was made results in the product being more dangerous than it would have been if assembled according to specifications. Manufacturing defects may affect only a single example of a product or may affect larger production runs.
- Marketing defects: Also known as a failure-to-instruct/warn, the manufacturer and/or retailer fails to instruct a purchaser on the proper and safe uses of a product or fails to warn about inherent dangers in normal use of the product.
Common Types of Product Defects
Examples of common types of product defects that lead to accidents and injuries include:
- Motor vehicle defects, including defective systems and parts, such as defects in tires, brakes and braking systems, steering systems, transmissions, and engines
- Dangerous medications, such as blood thinners, cholesterol-lowering drugs, antidepressants, and birth control medication
- Defective medical devices, such as artificial hips and knees, surgical meshes, power morcellators, or pacemakers
- Children’s toys and products, particularly products that present choking hazards when swallowed by young children, along with products that can cause crush injuries or traumatic amputations
- Defective tools and equipment, which can lead to severe lacerations, penetrating injuries, crush injuries, or traumatic amputations
- Electronics, particularly with batteries and power systems that can overheat, short out, or otherwise cause fires
Damages in Product Liability Cases
When you’ve been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for the physical and emotional harm you have suffered and the financial losses you have incurred. Damages available in product liability cases can include:
- Costs of medical treatment, such as surgeries and other medical procedures, physical and occupational therapy, medication, and mobility or medical equipment
- Long-term care costs, like the costs for home health care or to construct alterations to your home to accommodate disabilities caused by your injuries
- Lost wages or income for the time you miss from work
- Lost earning capacity, if your injuries disable you from working to your full capacity such that you suffer a reduction in your normal income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life from disabilities, disfigurement, or inability to perform personal care or participate in activities you previously enjoyed
Statute of Limitations on Product Liability Cases
Alabama has one of the shortest statute of limitations for product liability cases. Under Alabama law, you have one year from the date of injury or death caused by a defective product in which to file a product liability action. There is an exception to this when an injury results from exposure to a harmful substance or due to the failure of a manufacturer or retailer to provide warnings or repairs to an already-sold product as required by the government. In these cases, the one-year period runs from the date where your injury should have been discovered through reasonable diligence or the date where the repair or warning should have been implemented.
Contact Our Montgomery Defective Product Lawyers
Do not wait to seek legal advice in your product liability claim. Contact our attorneys as soon as possible to begin pursuing the financial compensation you need from the companies responsible for your injuries.