As an Arkansas citizen, you should be able to trust the products you purchase. However, when companies don’t properly test their products, the consumers who buy them may face harm. When a defective product causes injury, you may be eligible to file a claim. McMath Woods P.A. has passionate and experienced Fayetteville product liability lawyers who can help you recover the financial losses of your injuries.
While dealing with an injury can be overwhelming, your claim can help you move forward. Our lawyers can provide the expertise to give your claim its best chance of success. When you know how you’re going to pay your medical bills and stay on top of your other financial responsibilities, you can put your energy into recovery and work on getting back to your everyday life as soon as possible.
Hazardous Products That Can Cause Harm
A product’s intentional use doesn’t have to be dangerous for it to threaten your safety. This may lead to some people falsely believing the product they’re using is safe when it has a severe defect that could cause injury. Some examples of defective products include:
- Household Appliances
- Children’s Toys
- Power Tools
- Lawn Care Products
- Auto Parts
- Medical Devices
If a product uses electricity, there could be a defect that causes the product to malfunction. This could result in a fire hazard, which may lead to burn injuries, or losing control of the device and causing other injuries like lacerations.
Many people depend on vehicles for transportation. If the auto part manufacturer releases a defective product, the product puts the driver at risk of getting into an accident.
Companies in charge of selling food may have unsafe practices that allow bacteria to spoil the food. When people consume it, they can get seriously ill.
Products that you encounter in a medical setting can also put your health at risk. When you’re depending on medication or a medical device to maintain your health, a defective product could put your life in danger.
What Are the Possible Product Defects?
While it may seem like there are many kinds of problems that can make a product defective, there are three main areas where that issue could have started. Our attorneys will investigate the following areas:
- Instructions/Failure to Warn
During the manufacturing process, the company needs to rigorously test the product to make sure it performs as intended and will not cause harm. Should the manufacturing company speed through this phase or ignore testing certain elements of the product, they could miss a problem that makes the product defective.
If the product has a design flaw, the product could break down over time or malfunction during use.
Instructions printed on packaging need to be correct and clear. If there is a mistake on the instructions or if they have graphics that could be misleading, it could cause someone to incorrectly use or administer the product in an unsafe manner.
The company may know about hazards that could occur if the consumer uses the product in a certain way. The packaging should also include warnings that prevent the consumer from accidentally misusing the product.
The Advantages of Having a Product Liability Lawyer
When one of our reliable attorneys is at your side, you know we’re protecting your best interests. Oftentimes, after an accident, an insurance company may try to get you to settle early or you may wonder if going through the legal process is worth it. Settling early could mean you get less compensation than you deserve.
Speaking with insurance adjusters when you don’t know if you’re going to settle early can still harm your compensation. If you make any official statements about the product that hurt you or how you’re feeling, the insurance company can use that information against you in an effort to lower your settlement amount.
Our lawyers will be at your side every step of the way. You won’t have to worry about putting your claim in jeopardy and we’ll always keep you informed about what’s happening with your case. The best thing you can do is get in touch with us today. We’ll meet in an obligation-free consultation to go over the details of your case and find out how we can help you.