What Is Product Liability?
When you purchase any type of product, whether that’s a sandwich for lunch or a new car, you expect that product to serve you well. At the very least, you expect that the product will add value to your life, not detract from it.
But products don’t always work as advertised, and sometimes, products are even dangerous. When a consumer is harmed as a result of a product defect, the consumer maintains the right to file a claim for damages against the product manufacturer. This is called a product liability suit.
For immediate assistance with your product liability claim, contact a Wyoming product liability lawyer today.
Types of Product Defects that Warrant a Product Liability Suit
To file a successful claim against a product manufacturer, you must prove that the product in question was defective. In addition, you must show that the defect was the direct cause of your accident or/and injuries. Types of product defects that may warrant a product liability suit include:
- Design defects – If a product is defectively designed, it may be inherently dangerous. For example, if a table is improperly designed, it may be structurally unstable, causing it to collapse.
- Manufacturing defects – Sometimes, a product is designed to be safe, but something happens during the manufacturing process that renders it dangerous. For example, using the same example above, a table may be designed correctly, but during manufacturer, an error occurs that results in one table’s leg being shorter than the others, resulting in instability.
- Warning label defects – Not all products are completely hazard-free, nor are they expected to be. However, if a product is hazardous and the manufacturer knows of this, the manufacturer must provide a warning to the consumer. For example, prescription drugs always list their side effects.
Were You Using the Product as Intended?
You must prove that the product was defective, and that the defect was the direct cause of your accident and injuries. You must also prove that you were using the product as intended. For example, if you were standing on a chair when it tipped over, the manufacturer may not be held liable for your injuries. This is because you were standing on the chair, rather than sitting on it.
Who is Liable?
If you believe you have a product liability suit in Wyoming, keep in mind that it’s not only the manufacturer against whom you may be able to bring a case. In addition to the manufacturer, you may be able to file a suit against the designer of the product, the owner of the store/business where the product was sold, the party responsible for maintaining or repairing the product, or a distributor of the product. Our lawyers can help you to understand who might be liable for your actions and how to file your suit.
Call Our Wyoming Product Liability Lawyers Today
Schedule a free consultation with our Wyoming product liability lawyers at the law office of Platte River Injury Law by sending us a message or calling us directly. We work on a contingency fee basis, and always offer consultations without any charge.