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People often lament that things are just not made like they used to be. Most of the time, this just means a product that doesn’t work as well as you expected. But, in some cases, it can mean serious injuries to yourself or to loved ones.
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers selling products in Kentucky have everything to gain by producing their products as cheaply as possible.
The law recognizes this and holds these businesses to a higher standard when cutting corners in design or workmanship translates into significant injuries to the users of those products. Despite this, many companies continue to create products that are cheaper to make, but potentially much more dangerous.
At Morgan & Morgan, our Paducah attorneys understand the rights granted to consumers by Kentucky product liability laws.
If you have been injured by a consumer product in Paducah, we may be able to help. To learn what our product liability attorneys may be able to do for you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.
What Makes a Product Dangerous?
Products can be dangerous in a variety of ways. A product can be defective if it is poorly manufactured on an individual basis, and that unique error led directly to your injury.
Worse than a manufacturing error is a design error, which makes a product inherently dangerous or defective instead of in single instances. This means the whole line of products using that design are defective, and might have greater implications on your case that your attorney can shed light on.
Marketing defects involve false advertising or claims. Commonly, these types of claims are filed against pharmaceutical companies who overstate the positive effects of using their product, or minimize side effects. False marketing can occur in any industry, however, so be on the lookout.
Another method or showing defectiveness is a failure to warn, a sticker or label indicating the instructions or warnings that are required by the American National Standards Institute. ANSI requires warning labels from consumers of existing product hazards, their severity and side effects, plus how to avoid them.
Any of these can qualify as a product liability claim if your injury was directly caused by the product, and through no negligence of your own. A knowledgeable attorney can discern the different types of product liability and see which apply to your situation.
Examples of Recent Product Liability Claims
Product liability appears in all markets, but product liability claims concerning medicine and technology are on the rise. Some common examples include:
- Unfair Overdraft Protection Fees
- Gas Station Gift Cards
- Transvaginal Mesh
- DePuy ASR Hip Implant
- Shoulder Pain Pump
- Chinese Drywall
This is by no means exhaustive. Products can fail at any time, through no fault of your own. Paducah residents could be particularly susceptible to medical or mechanical defects.
Who Is Responsible?
Determining the responsibility for product liability can be a daunting task, but an experienced attorney can likely get to the bottom of who is at fault. Most commonly, the defendant will be the manufacturer, retailer, or wholesaler.
The manufacturer is the entity that produced the product, whether a multinational corporation or a person working out of their house. In short, any party that designed and marketed a product is a manufacturer, and a claim can involve either a manufacturer of a specific part or of the entire product.
Retailers are responsible for vetting and selling products, and they imply a product is safe and ready for use when they stock it. If a consumer buys a defective product, the seller can be held liable for damages, even though they weren’t involved in the manufacturing. When making a claim against a retailer, you don’t necessarily have to have purchased or used the product.
A wholesaler is the middleman between the manufacturer and retailer, and can also be held responsible under certain circumstances.
Any or all of these parties can be responsible, and a knowledgeable lawyer can help determine who is at fault in your particular case.
What Can a Paducah Attorney Help You Recover?
Injuries resulting from defective products can rob an individual of their physical and financial independence, and impact your life in a variety of ways. Our team at Morgan & Morgan understands the difficulty this situation creates and may be able to help you.
Our Paducah office is ready to represent you in your fight for fair treatment and compensation for the injuries you’ve received due to a defective or dangerous product. Fill out our free case evaluation form today.