What is a Product Liability Claim?
Under Arizona law, a product must be safe for a “reasonably foreseeable intended use.” Furthermore, it must also be accompanied with proper instructions and adequate warnings. If a product is being operated for its intended use, yet there are not adequate instructions and warnings, or it is improperly manufactured and malfunctions, then the manufacturer may be liable for any injury which may result.
Although these are simple rules, the process of proving them when attempting to seek damages in a products liability case is often not so simple. Most companies place the highest value on profit rather than consumer safety, and in doing so, they will do almost anything to fight a products liability lawsuit rather than pay the claim. Why? Because once a claim is paid, it opens the door to other consumers coming forward with similar claims in the hopes of receiving the same result.
Defining a “Defective Product”
Defective products aren’t always something you buy in a store. Product liability lawsuits are not only common in the workplace—especially for construction and industrial workers—but they can also be brought about in more unique cases. For example, a defective chairlift being used by a handicapped person, a faulty automobile part that causes an injury accident or a medication with an under-communicated side effect are all cases in which a product liability lawsuit can come up.
Filing a Products Liability Suit
When a products liability suit is filed, it is not only important to compensate the victim, but to also punish the corporation by denying them the money they would have otherwise received due to their greed. Many times this is accomplished not only by traditional damages, which may be awarded in a personal injury or wrongful death case, but also by what is known as “punitive damages.” In doing so, this process serves to punish the corporation for being so grossly negligent or, in some cases, criminally liable for their greedy activities.
If you or someone you know is injured by a defective product this holiday season, our team of experienced family lawyers in Arizona is here to help. With over 30 years of experience, Simon Law Group will not only fight for you to secure the highest settlement possible, but also assist you with doctors treatment and medical liens which will prevent any out of pocket costs being paid by you, up front. If you wish to contact us, you can call us at our office, or you can “Contact Our Firm” with a direct e-mail. From us to you, have a safe and happy holiday season!]]>