As a consumer, you purchase products to enhance your life in various ways. Yet sometimes both new products and those you have relied on for years contain defects that make them dangerous. If you were injured due to an unsafe consumer item, contact a Greene County defective products lawyer to discuss the damages you could collect.
Using a defective product and sustaining an injury shocks the body and mind in addition to inflicting physical harm. As you focus on your recovery, allow an experienced personal injury attorney to provide legal counsel and guidance. A legal professional on your side streamlines the claims process to avoid confusion, filing problems, and other issues that delay your case and subsequently, your access to compensation.
For a legal representative and their client to prove a product is faulty, they must show why the item was hazardous in light of Mississippi Code § Title 11, Chapter 1, Section 63. If the product is inherently dangerous because of the design, the designer faces a liability lawsuit. Other times, the product’s design is safe and functional, but errors occurred during the manufacturing process that made it hazardous. In such cases, the manufacturer is liable.
While some products are neither dangerous because of their design or manufacturing, they lack labeling that warns against misuse and related dangers. A children’s toy with a small, detachable part that is a choking hazard but features no warning label, for example, is considered legally defective. The company responsible for creating and affixing labels to products, therefore, becomes liable.
Store owners who knowingly carry dangerous products are also liable. However, if the product was altered or not used in the intended way despite clear instructions and warning labels, the plaintiff will have a challenging time collecting damages.
Automobile parts, children’s toys, lawn and garden equipment, household appliances, tools, recreational equipment, sporting equipment, medical devices, and personal care products are among the items that can cause injuries and subsequent lawsuits. Some of the injuries affecting consumers due to hazardous products include:
These and all other serious injuries from flawed products call for consultations with legal professionals.
Every deficient product case is different, meaning the requested damages can vary. However, plaintiffs and their attorneys typically ask for damages, including past, current, and ongoing medical care, scarring and disfigurement, loss of income, pain, and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of life enjoyment. The plaintiff’s role in the accident determines the final damages amount in light of Mississippi’s pure comparative negligence laws. While standard comparative negligence allows injured parties to claim damages as long as they were not 50 percent or more responsible for the accident, pure comparative negligence laws allow plaintiffs to collect damages regardless of their fault percentage.
Emotional and psychological injuries from a faulty product can outlast the physical ones or result in chronic, life-altering injuries. Contact a Greene County defective products lawyer immediately if you were hurt by a product that should have protected you or assisted you in some way. You could receive a wide variety of damages that help you manage your life moving forward. Call our law firm today to talk about your case and learn what we can do to help.