Defective products are a danger to anyone who has the misfortune of purchasing one. If you’ve been hurt because of a manufacturer’s negligence, find out if you could be eligible for a monetary settlement by discussing your case with a Milwaukee product liability lawyer.
When you buy a product, not only do you expect it to work like it’s supposed to, but you expect it to be safe when used properly. A defective product claim could stem from anything from tainted food to bad brakes to incorrectly labeled medicines, but they can all have a serious effect on your health and wellbeing.
Getting Fair Compensation for a Defective Product Isn’t Easy
When you enter into a product liability lawsuit against a manufacturer or distributor, you’re taking on a heavy legal load and some very high-priced attorneys. Everyone’s goal at that negotiating table is to compensate you as little as possible—regardless of your actual damages—in an effort to save their bottom line at the expense of your health.
However, when you work with a Milwaukee product liability lawyer from our office, negotiating the largest settlement possible is our primary goal. We will deal with the at-fault parties and their lawyers so that you can focus on what really matters: your health.
Types of Product Liability Claims
The scenarios involved in product liability claims are many and varied. They can relate to foods, medications, chainsaws, cars, and more, but generally fall into three broad categories:
Defectively Manufactured Products
Defectively manufactured products are designed and marketed correctly, but something went wrong when fabricating the parts or the end product. The liability for these types of defects often falls on the manufacturer or one of their material suppliers. This end product is different than a correctly made one and caused an injury specifically because of that defect.
Listed below are a few examples:
Tainted medicines and foods
A chainsaw with a misaligned chain track
A car with missing, incorrectly installed, or defective brakes
Defectively Designed Products
Products with design defects are manufactured and marketed correctly, but are still inherently dangerous to use, even when used properly. This means that every one of the products on the shelf carries the same design flaw and the same level of possible danger. The liability for design defects will almost always fall on the manufacturer, but they may have outsourced the design phase, so a third party might also be worth investigating by your Milwaukee product liability lawyer.
These types of defects include the following examples:
Cars and trucks that roll or flip too easily
A teapot that shoots steam towards the handle and causes burns
A cell phone battery that can randomly ignite, even when turned off
Defectively Marketed Products
Failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions is also known as defective marketing. Failure-to-warn claims have to do with products that are dangerous but not obvious to the consumer or that require the user to use special precautions to avoid injury but that aren’t explained effectively or at all.
Marketing defects can be the responsibility of nearly anyone in the production and supply chain. The manufacturer could have labeled it incorrectly, their third party advertisers may have made inappropriate promises, and retailers could likewise advertise incorrect information.
Mislabeled, incomplete, or inaccurate warnings about medication side effects or interactions
A bug spray that doesn’t include safe storage and use directions
Who Is at Fault for a Defective Product?
The manufacturing and distribution chains of modern products create a labyrinthine maze of possible at-fault parties, and identifying the entities that might be liable is very important to maximizing your compensation.
This is because you may be able to name every company in the chain of distribution as defendants, including the manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler, and distributor, but investigating and determining where the defect occurred is important to identifying which entity in the chain is liable.
Compensation for a Product Liability Injury
Your injuries may require large medical expenditures and your property damage may cost just as much. Losses and expenses can be claimed for reimbursement from the at-fault parties, but to get them to treat you fairly, you will need a Milwaukee product liability lawyer to present a strong case.
You can claim any of the financial expenses and non-economic losses that apply to your case:
Current and future medical expenses
Income loss due to missing work while you recover
Vehicle, home, and work modifications made for special needs and disabilities
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium, society, or companionship
Free Consultation with a Milwaukee Defective Product Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault parties. To save your family’s financial future, you will need the legal experience offered by the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg to get the most compensation possible.
Call us at 414-271-7007 or fill out the form below to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Milwaukee product liability lawyer. Rely on our experience and get the settlement you need to pay for your recovery.