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Taking A Look At Consumer Protections

When we are in need of a new tool or product, it goes without saying that safety should be of the utmost concern. In order to avoid injuring or harming consumers, products must meet industry-specific standards set forth by that industry’s appropriate governing body. If an individual becomes harmed as a result of manufacturing errors or defects, among other things, the person harmed may be entitled to compensation. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX catastrophic injury attorneys take a look at consumer protections and what you can expect to see from a product liability claim.

An Area of Personal Injury Law

When a person is harmed or injured in an accident, whether the injury occurs to the mind, body, or emotions, he or she may have a viable personal injury claim. Personal injury law is an umbrella term covering a host of different situations ranging from car crashes to wrongful death and nearly everything in-between. Bear in mind, however, that not every injury obtained may qualify as a viable personal injury claim under the law, as there are specific criteria that must first be met and then legally proven.

The area of personal injury law that deals with product manufacturing and distribution, specifically, is known as product liability. This area of law holds manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, distributors, and others who make products available to the public responsible for injuries or harm that those products may cause. According to the law, consumers who buy or use these products have a right to expect not to be harmed or injured when the product is used as intended. If this right is violated, an individual may be able to sue for damages. To learn more about this process, contact our office today.

Who Can Sue and be Sued?

When it comes to determining who can sue for product liability, the answer is that it depends. The rules and law interpretations have shifted over time, and not all states in the U.S. share the same standards for determining liability. In order to avoid consuming misinformation, we recommend reaching out to a trusted and experienced product liability firm and share the facts of your situation in a free consultation. 

In terms of who can be sued, however, nearly anyone in the chain of distribution could potentially be held liable if a product causes harm to the consumer. For instance, parties with potential to be sued include the manufacturer of the product, the parts manufacturer, the company or individual assembling the product, the company or individual responsible for installing the product, select merchants, and even wholesalers. 

What Elements Must be Met?

In order to be awarded damages in a product liability matter, specific elements must be met to prove your case. In such a case, the plaintiff would have to prove that the product was defective in some way, that the product was used as intended, that the product defect caused them to suffer some type of harm, and that the individual harmed can be compensated for the damage they endured. Call our team to learn more.

Understanding Your Options

Consumers have a right to expect not to get hurt from the proper use of a product, and when this right is violated, the appropriate party should be held liable. Contact Crain Brogdon LLP in Dallas, TX by calling (214) 522-9404 to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about how our team can help you.

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Attorney Quentin Brogdon

Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]

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