Mobile, AL Defective Consumer Products Attorney

Injured by a Defective Consumer Product in AL?

Manufacturers are bound by law to only market safe products. Yet, hundreds of consumer products are recalled each year in the United States. When you purchase a toy, household item, an automobile, a watercraft, a prescription drug or any other consumer product, even a dog leash, you have a right to enjoy that product safely. When you or a family member is injured because a consumer product is defective, you also have a right to see that the manufacturer is held legally accountable. In addition to looking out for your own interests, you will be keeping others safe from having the same harm inflicted on them.

Part of the challenge in a product case is that the manufacturers of defective products are frequently large corporations with deep pockets. Working with a law firm who has the resources and experience to fight on your behalf is extremely important.

Our product liability lawyers are highly experienced in handling wrongful death and injury cases involving defective consumer products. Talk to us if you have been injured. We will work tirelessly to see that you are compensated for your injuries, and that what you have suffered does not happen to anyone else.

Talk to Us If You've Been Injured. Schedule your free consultation to discuss your legal options.

What is a Defective Consumer Product?

A defective consumer product is any good you buy that doesn't meet reasonable safety standards because of a flaw or error. These defects can cause serious injuries, and in some cases, even death. There are three main types of defects that can make a product dangerous:

  • Design defects: These are problems with the way the product is fundamentally designed, meaning all products of that model are inherently risky [US Law - Products Liability, Cornell University Law School]. For instance, a toy with a small part that could be a choking hazard for young children would be considered a design defect.
  • Manufacturing defects: These are flaws that happen during the production process, so only certain products within a model line might be affected. An example could be a power tool with faulty wiring that creates a shock hazard.
  • Warning defects: Even a well-designed product can be hazardous if it doesn't have proper instructions or warnings about potential dangers. For example, medication that neglects to mention serious side effects could be a warning defect.

If you believe you have a defective consumer product, you may have the right to a replacement, refund, or even compensation for damages if it caused harm. In the United States, product liability laws are in place to hold manufacturers and sellers accountable for the safety of the goods they sell

Our Mobile Defective Consumer Product Law Practice

Our Mobile law firm has a proven track record of success in holding manufacturers and retailers accountable for defective products. We have represented clients in a wide range of cases, including:

  • Defective medical devices
  • Dangerous toys
  • Faulty auto parts
  • Household product malfunctions
  • and more

How Can Our Mobile Defective Consumer Product Attorneys Help?

If you have been injured by a defective product, our experienced Mobile attorneys can help you:

  • Investigate the cause of your injury
  • Determine if the product was defective
  • File a claim against the manufacturer or retailer
  • Pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages

How Do I Prove Liability in a Defective Consumer Product Case?

The burden of proof in a defective product case lies with you, the injured party. To win your case, you will generally need to establish the following:

  • The product was defective: This could be a manufacturing error, design flaw, or inadequate warnings.
  • The defect caused your injury: You'll need to show a clear connection between the defect and your harm.
  • You used the product as intended: The manufacturer is not liable for misuse of the product.

Building Your Case

Proving these elements can be challenging, and often requires the expertise of a qualified attorney. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence such as:

  • The defective product itself: Preserving the product is crucial.
  • Medical records: Documentation of your injuries and treatment is essential.
  • Expert witness testimony: An expert can help establish the defect and link it to your injuries.
  • Recall notices or safety reports: If the product was recalled or documented as hazardous, this strengthens your case.

How Do I Determine If the Product Was Defective?

There's no single test for a defective product, but here are some factors that can help indicate a defect:

  • Obvious flaws: This includes physical damage, malfunctioning parts, or missing components that weren't present when purchased.
  • Non-conformance with expectations: Does the product perform significantly differently from how it's advertised or intended to function?
  • Industry standards: Did the manufacturer deviate from industry standards in design or production, leading to the defect?
  • Similar complaints: Are there documented cases of similar defects in the same product line causing injuries?

What You Can Do

While you can't definitively determine a defect yourself, here are some steps you can take:

  • Review the product manual: Ensure you used the product according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Take pictures and videos: Document any visible defects or malfunctions.
  • Keep receipts and purchase records: This establishes ownership and purchase date.
  • Report the defect: Notify the manufacturer or retailer about the issue.

What Compensation Can I Recover?

If you are successful in your defective product claim, you may be entitled to recover compensation for a variety of damages, including:

  • Medical expenses: This includes past and future medical bills associated with your injury, such as hospital stays, doctor visits, surgery, medication, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages: If you are unable to work due to your injury, you may be able to recover compensation for lost wages and future earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering: This includes compensation for the physical and emotional pain you have endured due to your injury.
  • Property damage: If the defective product damaged your property, you may be able to recover compensation for repairs or replacement.
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, you may be awarded punitive damages to punish the manufacturer for particularly reckless or negligent behavior.

The amount of compensation you may recover will vary depending on the severity of your injuries, the specific facts of your case, and the Alabama court system.

Why Choose Us?

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that you may be facing after being injured by a defective product. We are committed to providing you with personalized attention and aggressive representation throughout the legal process.

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    The attorneys of Cunningham Bounds achieved a $20.5 million personal injury verdict in this product liability case involving a commercial slant meat saw.

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