Product Liability Lawyers Serving Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, & Montgomery
Our Alabama product liability lawyer knows that every year, tens of thousands of people are injured or killed by unsafe or faulty products. This includes defective industrial equipment, faulty medical devices, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and unsafe motorized equipment. The manufacturers and sellers of these harmful products must be held accountable.
Belt & Bruner has represented numerous individuals and the families of those who have been seriously or fatality injured by unsafe products, and we have recovered millions in damages for clients across Alabama. The companies that produce these products have the resources to fight lawsuits and prevent injured consumers from recovering monies for their injuries. Our firm fights for you.
To learn more about how we can help you protect your legal rights and recover the maximum compensation possible, call our Birmingham product liability lawyers today at (888) 457- 8299 or use our online form
. We can provide a free initial consultation.
We have collected common questions and answers related to product liability cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Product Liability Lawsuits and Damages
Product recalls, prompted by safety concerns, occur all too often in Alabama and across the U.S. These recalls involve a wide range of products. They can involve cars, tires, motorcycles, ATVs, children’s toys, pajamas and even the food we eat. The recalls are intended to get unsafe products off the market before they do harm. Unfortunately, the recalls don’t come until after serious injuries and losses have already occurred.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 22,000 deaths and 29 million injuries related to consumer products happen each year. Annually, consumer products cause more than $500 billion in deaths, injuries and property loss or damage.
Companies who cause this damage cannot and should not escape without legal liability. The main incentive for companies to increase product safety is to avoid potential liability in product liability lawsuits that provide compensation for the personal injuries
sustained from the use of a defective product.
The damages the consumer is entitled to receive may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of physical capacity, pain, suffering and mental anguish. Punitive damages are also available in many cases to punish defendants for conduct that demonstrates a reckless or wanton disregard for the safety of the public.
Our Attorneys Have Experience with Defective Product Cases
Dangerous or defective products may occur across a wide variety of different industries. These defective products may include familiar brand names. At Belt & Bruner we have the legal resources necessary to pursue product liability lawsuits against the largest corporations in the world; and we have the experience to pursue these claims in many different types of defective product cases.
For instance, product liability cases include:
- Automotive defects. Design defects can cause air bag injuries; car fires; defective seat belts; defective car doors; and SUV rollovers.
- Defective tires. Poor materials or manufacturing processes can result in tire blowouts or tire recalls.
- Unsafe baby equipment. Car seats; swings; cribs; and playpens can all present a hazard when not designed properly and with the safety of the infant in mind.
- Mechanical equipment. Conveyor belts; elevators; saws; sanders; lathe machines; boilers; forklifts; bulldozers; valves; and other defective machines and equipment may cause harm if they do not function properly.
- Defective tools. Saws, sanders and lathes can all malfunction and lead to product liability cases.
- Defective safety equipment. Unsafe filtration systems can cause asbestos, silicosis, welding rod claims, and other life-threatening health hazards.
These are just a few examples of the different types of defective products that have harmed consumers in the past in Birmingham, Alabama, and across the U.S. If you have been injured by any product, the Belt & Bruner, P.C., can help you to hold the manufacturer responsible.
How Does a Defective Product Claim Work?
When you file an Alabama product liability claim, you are suing the makers or sellers of the defective products. When their product was brought to market, the manufacturers and distributors became legally obligated to provide a well-designed product that was reasonably safe when used as intended. Failure to do so can result in a claim of negligence on the part of the manufacturer.
In some cases, however, a plaintiff in a product liability claim does not have to prove negligence. Instead, a product manufacturer generally may be strictly liable for a defective product. To win a strict liability case, you must demonstrate that:
The product had an “unreasonably dangerous” defect that caused injury.
- The defect occurred in the product’s design, during its manufacture, or during shipping or handling.
- The defect caused injury even though the user was using the product in the way the manufacturer intended it to be used.
- The product that caused damage had not changed “substantially” from its original sales condition.
In addition to strict liability claims and negligence claims, injured victims of defective products can also bring claims for failure to warn or for breach of warranty of fitness, which is damage directly resulting from inadequate product warning.
Our Product Liability Attorney Can Help You
When a personal injury or wrongful death
lawsuit is filed due to a defective product, anyone in the supply chain may be held responsible for damages. This includes the manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer.
Under Alabama product liability law, it is the injured party’s burden to prove that the product was defective. That’s why it is important that the product be inspected by one or more qualified experts. They can determine the exact nature of the defect and how the product caused the injury or death.
The first step to take in making your claim for your consumer injury is to ensure the product is not lost or destroyed. If you do not have access to the product, contact our firm immediately. Wrongful death attorneys
at Belt & Bruner can take the steps to preserve the product before it is destroyed. If the product is not recovered, the customer may be left with no proof that the product was defective.
Belt & Bruner can also assist in gathering other evidence necessary to prove your product liability claim, including evidence of the extent of the damages suffered. This evidence can be used to negotiate a settlement out of court or to prove your case in court to recover damages. We have extensive experience putting our negotiating skills to work in arranging a fair settlement. But we are not afraid to litigate the case if necessary to do justice and get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Alabama product liability lawyer today for a free consultation.
At Belt & Bruner our Alabama product liability lawyers have the experience, knowledge and resources to handle any type of product liability claim. Our firm has successfully tried and settled numerous product liability claims against some of the world’s largest and most powerful manufacturers. We are ready to provide the one-on-one attention you need and deserve.
To schedule your free consultation, call us today or fill out our online form
Last updated Jan. 27, 2014