|Defective Products & Product Liability|
If you have suffered an injury due to a defective product, our attorneys in Akron, Ohio may be able to help you obtain compensation under the law of product liability. When you buy a product, you place a certain implicit trust in the designer, manufacturer, and seller of that product. This law protects the rights of consumers by holding manufacturers and suppliers potentially liable for any injuries that result from flaws in the design, manufacture, or marketing of a product. Depending on the type of defect, a product liability suit can be brought against anyone involved in the creation or sale of the product, including the designer, manufacturer, distributor, and retailer. As long as the product was at one point “sold” during the normal course of business, the suit can be filed on behalf of anyone who was injured by the product, not simply the legal owner.
In many product liability cases, our attorneys in Akron are not required to give evidence of negligence against any specific party, particularly in those cases involving manufacturing defects. In such cases, the defect itself is considered sufficient evidence that negligence occurred at some point during the manufacture of the product. In suits brought against the designer, however, it is usually necessary to present evidence of negligence, usually demonstrating that a product was inherently unsafe from the beginning, and that safer alternatives existed but were not used. The most common marketing defects involve inadequate labeling and the failure to warn consumers of potential dangers that could arise from normal use of the product.
What is common to all product liability cases filed by our attorneys in Akron is the necessity to demonstrate that your injury was indeed caused by a defect in the product, and that this defect rendered the product unsafe to use for its intended purpose. Each product is held to a unique standard of safety, a standard that is presumed to have been met when the product is made publicly and legally available to consumers for purchase. When this standard has not been met for any reason, the product is considered unreasonably dangerous, and any injuries that result from this may be actionable. Obviously, this standard would be far different for a power saw as compared with a cellular telephone. Our defective product attorneys in Akron assess each potential product liability claim on a case-by-case basis, carefully evaluating all the circumstances of the case to determine whether it is wise to proceed with legal action.
Not everyone who has been injured by a product is necessarily eligible for compensation. For example, people who alter a product against manufacturer specifications or ignore clear warning labels may have disqualified themselves from seeking damages. Likewise, if you are injured by a clearly unsafe product to which no reasonably safe alternative exists and were properly advised of potential hazards involved in its normal use, you may not have a valid product liability claim. Still, the best course of action if you have been injured by a product is to consult a qualified attorney immediately, particularly if you are unsure as to who is at fault. There is no harm in soliciting a legal opinion, and you may well be entitled to damages. Our product liability attorneys in Akron would be pleased to evaluate your case at no charge to you.
Some Cases We Handle Include, But Are Not Limited to Defective
If you have been injured by a defective product, please contact the attorneys of Perantinides & Nolan today.