As consumers, we place significant trust in manufacturers and retailers with an expectation that the products we purchase are safe and functional. Unfortunately, all too often errors and defects create dangerous safety hazards.
The Las Vegas product liability lawyers at Henness & Haight can help you hold companies responsible for producing products that cause harm to consumers. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a product malfunction, you may be entitled to compensation.
As experienced personal injury lawyers, we have the skills and resources required to take on large corporations in an attempt to hold them liable for producing and selling bad products.
Types of Defective Products
A product is considered defective if it has the potential to cause harm to consumers. Depending on what caused the defect in the product that injured you, you may have a claim under one of the following categories:
- Manufacturing defect – This type of defect is caused by an error in the manufacturing process and is typically found only in a small portion of a company’s products.
- Design defect – This includes flaws in the original design and blueprint of the product that creates a hazard to consumers. This type of flaw usually existed before production began and is present in a company’s entire line of products.
- Failure to warn – If a manufacturer fails to provide adequate warning labels about risks associated with a product or instructions about proper use, it can be held liable for any resulting injuries.
These broad categories encompass a wide variety of products and types of defects, such as:
- Defective medical devices
- Auto parts such as tires, breaks and air bags
- Dangerous drugs
- Children’s toys
- Construction equipment or supplies
- Home appliances
If you or someone you love was injured or died because of a defective product of any kind, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to note, however, that a defective product claim is only valid if the product was used as intended and according to directions.
Our Las Vegas product liability lawyers can answer any questions you may have about a product and can help you determine if you have a defective product that warrants filing a claim.
Types of Claims
With decades of experience, the Las Vegas product liability lawyers will advise you about the type of claim you should file in order to recover compensation for a defective product. This can include:
- Negligence – In order to demonstrate that a manufacturer’s negligence caused your injuries, a victim must prove that the responsible party had a duty to sell a safe product, that they breached this duty because they knew or should have known about the dangers of the product, and that your injuries were a direct result of their actions.
- Strict liability – Under strict liability, a victim only has to demonstrate that a defective product exists. If you purchased the product with the defect, the manufacturer can be held 100 percent liable.
- Breach of warranty – Consumers rely on two warranties when purchasing a product: express warranty, including representations of safety made by the manufacturer or retailer and an implied warranty or promise that a product will not cause harm. A manufacturer or retailer can be held responsible for a breach of either of these warranties.
Our attorneys are well-versed in all areas of product liability law and can help you recover fair compensation through any of the above claims.
Holding Responsible Parties Liable
When a consumer is injured because of a defective product, there are number of parties who can be held responsible for selling a product that they knew, or should have known, could cause harm to others. Any party who contributed to the design, production or sale of a dangerous product can be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Some of these parties include:
- Manufacturer – This includes anyone involved in designing, manufacturing or marketing a product. A victim may be able to bring a suit against the manufacturer of a specific defective part, as well as against the manufacturer of the entire product.
- Retailer – Advertising an item for sale implies that the product is safe. Because of this, retailers can be held accountable for defective products.
- Wholesaler – The wholesaler serves as the middleman between the retailer and the manufacturer and can also be held liable.
Through a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your injury, our Las Vegas product liability lawyers will determine which parties were responsible for the defect that caused your injuries. We will then build a robust case on your behalf and work diligently to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled. It may even be possible to recover punitive damages meant to punish a negligent manufacturer.
Contact Our Las Vegas Product Liability Lawyers
At Henness & Haight, we believe that negligent manufacturers who place the safety of innocent consumers should be held accountable for their actions. That is why we are dedicated to fighting to protect the rights of the injured.
If you believe you have been injured or lost a loved one because of a defective product, do not hesitate to contact our Las Vegas product liability lawyers for a free review of your claim. We work on a contingency fee basis and do not get paid unless your case is successful.