Alabama Product Liability Lawyers
There are countless products that we come into contact with and use on a daily basis. Although we tend to think that the products must be safe or that they would not be made available for me to buy, many times they are indeed unsafe and certain defects in these products can cause serious injury or death. Product liability refers to the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and others are held responsible for the injuries caused by the products that they make available to the public. Our Alabama product liability lawyers do this by representing individuals such as yourself in claims against such organizations for injuries resulting from such defects.
There are generally three types of product liability claims called design defects, manufacturing defects, and a claim for a failure to properly warn of the product’s dangers. A design defect is where there is a flaw in the design of the product. A manufacturing defect is where there are a small number of particular products that are defective due to a problem in the construction process.
A failure to warn case is where the product is defective due to the fact that it fails to contain adequate and appropriate warnings of the dangers of the product. Product liability claims are generally brought due to negligence, strict liability, and other legal theories depending on the state laws. Usually, products liability claims are based on strict liability rather than negligence since they focus on the dangers of the product itself and not the behavior of the manufacturer.
In Alabama, these type of cases can include the following:
Automobile defects can include such things as defective tires, seat belts, gas tanks, car doors, and air bags that have been recalled due to some defect in the design of the product. SUV rollovers are another example of a defect in certain SUV’s that can cause rollovers resulting in serious injury or death.
Dangerous drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and many defective drugs stay available for some length of time before they are eventually recalled due to being dangerous. Some examples of defective drugs resulting in lawsuits recently are Avandia, Accutane, Chantix, Fosamax, Nuvaring, and Yasmin.
Examples of defective medical devices are malfunctioning Guidant heart defibrillators, defective pacemakers, improperly sterilized gynecological devices, defective hip replacement parts, and defective Dalkon Shield intrauterine devices. Certain Depuy ASR hip implants have been recalled due to early failures resulting in surgeries to replace the metal on metal hip implants. Also, these metal on metal implants have been shown to cause additional health issues such as elevated chromium and cobalt levels in the patients blood due to wearing of the implant.
Chinese Drywall cases involve emitting of sulfur gases that can cause harm to your health and the home. Examples of some other unsafe products, including those generally found in the home, are household products (defective household appliances), tools (mowers, saws, forklifts, and cranes), and children’s products (toys, car seats, strollers, cribs, swings, and playpens).
If you or a loved one believe that you may have been injured due to the defect of a particular product then give our Birmingham, Alabama products liability lawyer a call for a consultation today.