When you purchase something, whether it’s an item for your house or you’re getting new tires put on your car, you trust those products have been put through tests that ensure they’re going to work. However, when mistakes are made or details are overlooked during this process, the product can become hazardous and possibly cause injury. While the resulting injuries and damages can be overwhelming, a Kansas City product liability lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help you get back on track.
Our firm will review your case to see if you have a legitimate product liability claim. If your injuries occurred because of negligence, then we can help you hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and seek compensation for you. We’ll fight for you to recover the financial and emotional losses the defective product caused.
How Can a Product Be Defective?
Since the process of creating a product and getting it on the market so consumers can purchase it is a long one, there are several parts of the process when negligence can make the product a danger.
- Manufacturing. The manufacturing process needs to be done carefully and the correct materials need to be used. If a manufacturing company skirts costs and uses cheaper materials, the batch of products may have a defect. Or, if an error occurs in a specific manufacturing plant, the products coming from that plant may be the only ones with the issue.
- Design. If the product has a design flaw, the product could break down after it’s been used. This issue could be in each product, as it’s an issue with the design and not with the materials used to make it.
- Packaging/Failure to Warn. A product’s packaging needs to have correct information. If the instructions have a mistake or the graphics are misleading, the product itself may not have an issue, but the packaging could cause misuse. If there are nonobvious dangers to using the product, the consumer should be warned about those dangers as well.
A Kansas City product liability attorney from our firm will review what happened to you and figure out what made the product defective. This can provide insight into the negligent party. We’re prepared to take on the negligent party to get you the justice you deserve.
What Kind of Defective Product Harmed You?
Any type of product could have a defect that could result in harm when someone uses it. However, there are some common types of defective products our Kansas City product liability lawyers know about. Let’s take a look at these defective products:
- Auto Parts. A tire could have a defect that causes a blowout while someone is operating their vehicle. If they lose control of the car, they could cause a car accident and suffer severe injuries.
- Medical Devices. Many people require the use of a medical device to help them maintain a high quality of life. Medical professionals may also depend on medical devices with patient care. If the device doesn’t work, the patient’s wellbeing and health may be put at risk.
- Medicine. If there’s an issue with medication, it could result in people taking medication and being put in danger of an adverse reaction. In some cases, this could be life-threatening.
- Household Items. An issue with a household item could endanger everyone in the house. For example, if an appliance has a design flaw that causes electrical issues, the appliance is a fire hazard.
- Toys. If children’s toys are made with unsafe materials or there’s a flaw that means the toy could break, it could cause the child using it to sustain injuries or become sick.
The public may learn about recalls from the FDA, but you should still seek your options with a Kansas City product liability attorney if you’ve been harmed after using a product. Our lawyers will help you find the best way to move forward.
What Should You Do After a Defective Product Causes Injury?
After a defective product causes an injury, it’s important to gather as much evidence as possible to help support your claim. Keeping the product in similar condition to when it malfunctioned can help determine what went wrong. You should also keep the packaging it came in, as there could be errors on the labeling or a failure to warn.
Your medical records will show the injuries you sustained, but if the product caused other damages, you can preserve evidence with photographs. Taking pictures of the device and the damage it caused could provide more information about how the device malfunctioned and how it affected you.
When one of our experienced product liability attorneys has this information, we can begin fighting for you to get the compensation you deserve. As you’re healing from the injuries, you’ll likely need to rest as you recover. If you need to miss work, our lawyers will look into the days that you’ve missed and fight for you to recover those lost wages. We’ll also fight for your medical expenses to be included in your compensation. We’ll also take damages the product caused into account, too.
If the defective product has caused a disability or permanent injury, you may also be going through significant emotional suffering as well. When calculating your compensation, we’ll also include damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
A personal injury claim often has a time limit in which the victim can come forward to seek compensation. It’s important to start your legal journey as quickly as possible so you don’t miss this window. Our lawyers will answer your questions when it comes to the validity of your claim.
Get a Free Case Evaluation Today
If you’re unsure if the injuries you sustained occurred because of a hazardous product, you should still seek a free case evaluation with our lawyers as soon as possible. We’ll go over what the product was, how it was supposed to function, and what happened to you when you used it. If the product’s defect happened because of a manufacturing, design, or packing flaw, then you may be able to hold the company responsible for the negligence liable for your injuries.
While going up against a company may seem like a lot, remember our personal injury lawyers are at your side. Negligent companies shouldn’t be able to use intimidation as a way to escape the consequences of their actions. We’ll help give you a voice and to fight for the compensation you deserve.