Defective Product Claims in Nevada
As consumers, we place significant trust in manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to provide us with products that are safe and functional. In fact, in the law, a consumer has a reasonable expectation that the products they purchase are safe for use. Unfortunately, all too often, defects and improper or inadequate warnings create dangerous safety hazards. In many cases, manufacturers and distributors are responsible for harm caused, even for product was misuse, as long as the misuse was foreseeable and adequate measures were not taken to eliminate the danger or at least warn consumers of the danger.
The Las Vegas product liability lawyers at Valiente Mott can help you hold companies responsible for producing products that cause harm to consumers. If a defective product injured you or a loved one, you may receive compensation.
As experienced personal injury lawyers, we have the skills and resources required to take on large corporations to hold them responsible for producing and selling bad products.
Classifications of Defective Products
In pursuit of huge profits, some corporations put products on the market at risk to the consumer. Unsuspecting consumers never expect products they use to break or fail, let alone cause them harm. Yet, almost every day there appears a story in the media about dangerous drugs, dangerous food items, dangerous toys, and other defective products that cause serious harm and sometimes even death to unsuspecting consumers. A product is defective if it has the potential to cause harm to consumers. There are three primary defects to consider when analyzing a product defect claim:
Manufacturing defect: A manufacturing defect caused by an error or flaw in the manufacturing process that causes a specific product to have a defect. Manufacturing defects are typically found in only a small portion of a company’s products.
Design defect: Design defects are due errors or flaws in the original design and/or blueprint of a product. This type of flaw usually existed before production began and is present in a company’s entire line of products.
Failure to warn: A failure to warn claim stems from a manufacturer failing to provide an adequate warning label advising consumers about the risks associated with a product or instructions about proper use.
Manufacturers relentlessly fight against regulations that protect consumers’ rights and it takes an experienced and knowledgeable defective products lawyer to protect your rights. A products liability claim can not only get you the compensation you deserve for your injury, but it also provides an incentive for the manufacturer to either correct the problem with their defective product or discontinue producing the dangerous product.
Types of Defective Products
These three broad categories encompass a wide variety of products and types of defects, such as:
- Medical Devices
- Pharmaceutical Products
- Motor Vehicles
- Sports and Recreational Activities and Equipment
- Manufacturing or Farming Equipment
- Children’s Products (Nursery Equipment, supplies and toys)
- Personal Use Items
- General Household Appliances
- Housewares, Home Furnishings and Fixtures
- Packaging and Containers for Household Products
- Building Structures and Construction Materials
- Communication, Entertainment and Hobby Use
- Workshop Apparatus, Tools and Attachments
- Home and Family Maintenance Products
- Space Heating, Cooling and Ventilating Appliances
- Yard and Garden Equipment
Compensation for Victims of Defective Products
A product liability lawyer in Las Vegas can help you recover damages for your injuries. These funds can cover medical bills, replace lost wages, provide compensation for any diminished earning capacity that results from your injuries, and to replace/repair damaged or destroyed property. In addition, you shall receive compensation for pain and suffering and if the conduct of the defendant is egregious, you can receive punitive damages.
When defective products are sold to consumers, it is not just the manufacturer who may be responsible. Depending on circumstances, there are many individuals and entities within the chain of distribution who may be liable. Responsible parties may include the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer whose actions have caused the defects. These entities may also be accountable if they had specific knowledge that the product contained a defect that had the potential to cause physical harm or damage to property.
Five Steps to Follow After a Product Injury
The steps you take immediately following an accident caused by a defective product can greatly affect the success of your legal claim. Here are five steps to take after being injured because of a product defect:
1. Get medical help: If you have injuries, seek medical attention. It’s important to have a record of your injuries.
2. Report the incident. Report the incident to your supervisor, and to your insurance company. However, it is important that you do not give a written or verbal statement, and never sign any paperwork before first speaking with an experienced attorney.
3. Gather evidence. Take pictures of the accident scene, as well as the product that caused your accident. If anyone witnessed the accident, get there contact information. When you can, write down your recollection of the event—as well as what you were doing right before it happened.
4. Stay off social media. We understand that it may be tempting to share details of your accident on social media. Receiving support from friends and loved ones is important, but we urge you to refrain from posting about your injuries on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Your words could be twisted and used against you—which could greatly affect the outcome of your case.
5. Call Valiente Mott. When it comes to product liability cases, timing is everything. Don’t let valuable evidence disappear—call us today for a free case review. There’s never an obligation to use our services, and there’s never a fee unless we get money for you.
Contact A Nevada Product Liability Attorney
Product liability lawsuits are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that no fees or expenses are collected from plaintiffs until a settlement is reached. In Nevada, individuals may file a product liability claim up to two years after the use of a product. It is advisable to hire the attorneys at Valiente Mott as soon as possible to protect your rights after an injury caused by a defective product.