Most people feel perfectly safe when they use household products, but a small defect can transform seemingly benign item into an injury hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an alarming number of injuries happen every year due to defective furniture and décor, kitchen appliances, children’s equipment and other goods we interact with daily.
If you suffered an injury while using an item responsibly and for its intended purpose, then you may have grounds for a product liability claim. Although there are several scenarios that would justify a product liability claim, these three factors are involved in most defective product lawsuits:
- Inherent defects due to a product’s dangerous design;
- Manufacturing defects due to negligent production systems; and
- Inadequate instructions that leave consumers vulnerable to injuries.
If you were injured by a defective product in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. An accident lawyer in Alexandria will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Morris Bart, LLC has more than 50 attorneys and a support staff of 100 law professionals, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at three scenarios that often lead to product liability claims:
- Design Defects
In order to prove that a product had an inherently dangerous design, the plaintiff must demonstrate that a different design existed that was more economically practical and safer. Also, the plaintiff must present evidence that shows the alternative design could fulfill the same purpose as the product with the defective design.
- Manufacturing Defects
These are unintended defects that arise while manufacturing a product. The plaintiff will have to prove that the item was negligently manufactured and sold to consumers with an unintended defect.
- Inadequate Instructions
If there is a high likelihood that a consumer could suffer an injury while using a product, then the seller, distributor, designer and manufacturer have a duty to provide adequate warnings to consumers. These products should feature clear labels and appropriate instructions for use. If such a label does not exist and a consumer sustains an injury as a result, then he or she may have grounds for a product liability claim.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Product Liability Claims in Louisiana?
According to Civ. Code §3492, in most cases, victims of personal injury must file their lawsuits within one year of the date when the damage or injury occurred. However, this statute does not apply to minors.
If you were injured by a defective product, you should take legal action as soon as possible. Over time, evidence that could support your claim may become unavailable.
If the incident happened in Louisiana, turn to Morris Bart, LLC. An Alexandria injury attorney will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.