Navigation Through Defective Product Claims

When you buy a product, you place implicit trust in the designer, manufacturer, distributor and seller of that product. This law protects the rights of consumers by holding manufacturers, suppliers and distributors potentially liable for any injuries that result from flaws in the design, manufacture, sale or marketing of a dangerous product.

At Perantinides & Nolan, Co., L.P.A., we know that these claims often present complicated challenges as the companies involved cause injuries fight to avoid liability or minimize the compensation they pay you. We have more than 50 years of experience fighting to pursue liability and maximize compensation, and we are ready to fight for you.

The Liable Party Of Your Injuries

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 present 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 the normal use of the product.

Establishing Liability In Your Claim

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. We have helped establish the standard of safety in cases involving:

  • Appliances
  • Automobiles
  • Contact lens solution
  • Furniture
  • Ladders
  • Medical supplies
  • Elevators
  • Medications
  • Motorcycles, ATVs and other recreational vehicles
  • Power equipment and tools

When this standard of safety has not been met, the product may be considered unreasonably dangerous, and any injuries that result from this may be actionable.

Our product liability 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.

Who Is Eligible For Compensation?

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.

Have You Been Injured By A Defective Product?

If you have been injured by a product, consult a qualified attorney immediately, particularly if you are unsure as to who is at fault. There is no harm in requesting 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. Please contact us by calling 330-253-5454 or emailing us here to schedule your initial consultation today.