As consumers, we buy new things all the time. When making a purchase, we trust that the product has been designed and manufactured safely and carefully. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, products can cause serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by a product, you may be entitled to compensation. Read on to learn more about product liability lawsuits and what you can do in the event of an injury.
Who is Held Responsible?
In the event of a product liability lawsuit, there are 3 ways to hold someone responsible
- Negligent design: The product was not designed with safety in mind and someone was injured as a result.
- Negligent manufacturing: The manufacturer deviated from the original blueprints, either intentionally or unintentionally, causing the product to become unsafe.
- Failure to warn: A company fails to warn consumers about a potential danger associated with using a product incorrectly, and someone is injured as a result.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
A product liability lawsuit can be difficult because you must be able to prove negligence. When arguing negligent design, your attorney must be able to prove that there was a safer, but equally economical and practical way to create the product while still maintaining its original purpose. When arguing negligent manufacturing, your attorney must be able to prove that the manufacturer deviated from the original design. For this reason, it is important to work with a skilled personal injury attorney.
Should I Keep the Product?
Yes. When you are injured by something, it is natural to want to throw it away, out of anger, or fear that it may cause another injury. But, if you are injured by a product, you should make sure to keep it. The product will be a crucial piece of evidence and may be able to help determine where things went wrong, helping you understand which party is responsible for the injury.
Statute of Limitations
There is a deadline to which you must adhere when it comes to filing personal injury claims. This deadline is called the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a product liability case is two years from the date of the accident. If you do not take legal action within this timeframe, you may lose your chance to recover compensation, so contact us as soon as you are ready to take legal action.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED NEW JERSEY FIRM
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.