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Defective Products: Who’s Responsible?

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When you’re injured by a defective product, it’s not just painful—it’s confusing. After all, it’s a product that injured you, not a person or other entity. If you’re stuck in this situation and ready to seek personal injury compensation, you likely have one question about defective products: Who’s responsible?

The answer to that question is complicated because it will depend on the cause of your injuries. Many injuries and reasons for injury can fall under product liability, and different groups may be responsible, depending on the situation. Fortunately, at the Henry Dailey Law Firm, you can get the help you need to find out exactly who’s responsible for your injuries.  

When the Manufacturer Is at Fault

In many cases, a defect within the product is what caused the injury in question. For example, let’s say you just bought a new toaster. Nothing about it indicates that it’s not in working order, but when you plug it in, it sparks and catches on fire, leaving you with property damage, smoke inhalation, and burns.

In these cases, the manufacturer and company responsible for assembling the product are likely the ones responsible for your injuries. While Alabama law may require you to prove that the product was dangerous, the danger of the product may prove that the manufacturer was negligent and should be held financially accountable.

When the Marketer Is at Fault

Sometimes, however, the product itself might not necessarily be the root of the issue. In some cases, the damage comes from a “defect in warnings,” meaning that potential dangers of the product weren’t clearly listed. This includes the following:

  • Lack of instructions
  • Lack of warning labels
  • Misleading packaging

All of these could lead to a consumer who is misinformed about the product itself and who may be severely injured because the marketer responsible for the product packaging neglected to properly warn the public about these dangers.

Certain objects may be especially dangerous if used improperly. For example, you will need to know the weight specifications for a baby carrier or car seat, and if these items are not properly labeled, your child could be badly injured.

Talk to an Alabama Product Liability Lawyer

When you’re dealing with defective products and the injuries they cause, who’s responsible? The answer is often complicated. After all, it depends on the item’s intended use, instructions, labeling, and the product itself. Often, it can take plenty of resources to uncover the cause of the problem.

That’s why you may need the Henry Dailey Law Firm to help with your product liability case. Often, you’ll need expert witnesses to testify about the proper use of the product, or you may need help investigating the proper company to file against for your damages. That’s all well within our capabilities.

You’ve been seriously injured, and you need help getting back on track. If you’re not sure who’s responsible for your defective product injuries, get a review of your case today. Give us a call at 205-995-2412 or fill out the online contact form below.

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