Nobody expects for the product they purchase from a retailer to cause serious harm or death; unfortunately, statistics show that millions of people are injured or killed each year due to dangerous or defective products that are on the market.
At Coletrane & Messersmith, we handle product liability claims in Newport News, Hampton, and Hampton Roads, Virginia. Our experienced legal team can help hold manufacturers accountable for the dangerous or defective products they make.
If you have suffered injuries and believe you have a product liability claim, contact our office for a free case evaluation.
Product liability is an area of law that provides compensation for individuals who have been injured by a consumer product. Many people do not realize that dangerous products make it to American shelves each year. Some contain a design flaw, while others are inadequately labeled or contain misinformation leading to injury or death when used.
A product liability lawyer can help to file a claim against any parties responsible for the manufacturing or distribution of an unsafe product. In some cases, a seller may be indemnified from liability if the product was not inherently dangerous and the danger to consumers was not obvious.
Holding a party accountable through a product liability claim is a complex, challenging legal process. Therefore, you should always consult with a product liability lawyer if you were injured by an unsafe product.
Manufacturers may go through great lengths to prevent the public from realizing that their product is dangerous and could cause significant harm. Millions of products get recalled with little notice given to consumers.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Holding a negligent manufacturer accountable for their wrongdoing can be difficult without the help of a skilled attorney. If you have been harmed by an unsafe product, contact our Hampton Roads product liability lawyers today for a free consultation.
In Virginia, any product that is unsafe when used for its intended purposes or reasonably foreseeable uses may give rise to a product liability lawsuit.
The three basic legal theories of product liability include:
A product liability lawyer from Coletrane & Messersmith can help you understand each of these legal theories and whether you have a valid claim for damages.
In product defect cases, one or more parties may be held liable based on the type of defect. Consumers may be able to bring a lawsuit against a manufacturer or distributor based on a manufacturing defect, design defect, or marketing defect.
What to know about product defect claims:
If you were injured because of a product defect, contact the Hampton Roads product liability lawyers at Coletrane & Messersmith for a free consultation.
Depending on the type of product that caused you harm, you could face serious, life-threatening injuries. Product liability claims can result from dangerous or defective drugs, unsafe consumer goods, malfunctioning auto parts, or other hazardous products that make it to American retailers.
Injuries in product liability cases can include:
It is important to seek treatment for any suspected injuries that result from an unsafe or defective product. When a product is not reasonably safe for its intended use or reasonably foreseeable uses, the manufacturer or a liable third party must be held accountable. Dangerous products cause countless emergency room visits every year.
Product liability cases have made headlines for the multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts they pull in. Some cases also help to shed light on the dangers that lurk in everyday products or automobile parts. Millions of consumer products end up getting recalled after reports of injuries or death.
Famous product liability cases include:
When you are injured due to an unsafe product, you need an attorney that knows how to win these complicated cases.
Damages in product liability cases can vary based on the type of injury, the product, how it was being used, any express or implied warranties, and whether the manufacturer or retailer knew or should have known about the danger.
A person injured by an unsafe product may be entitled to compensation for:
Because of the complex legal issues involved in product liability claims, it is important to consult with a product liability lawyer as early as possible. The manufacturer or their insurance representative may try to blame you for your injuries; without the help of an experienced attorney, you may end up settling for less than your case is worth or nothing at all.
In order to bring a successful claim based on product liability, it is crucial to retain an experienced attorney. A lawyer can help prove your case by showing that you were using the product as it was intended to be used or in a reasonably foreseeable way when you were injured. Liability can be difficult to prove. An attorney knows how to hold parties responsible for their wrongdoing and obtain justice for injured victims.
Product liability cases often involve an in-depth independent investigation, including witness depositions, subpoenaing of internal documents, or obtaining access to pharmaceutical studies and trials. The product liability lawyers at Coletrane & Messersmith know what it takes to win even the most complex cases.
We will fight for you and your family to receive the most significant possible recovery allowed under Virginia law. Never settle for less than your case is worth. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.
If you have been injured by a defective drug, malfunctioning home appliance, or other dangerous product, you need an experienced attorney.
Contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you understand your rights and file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Call (757) 223-4455 today to get the legal advice you need and the representation you deserve. Our lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of our clients in Newport News and the Hampton Roads area.
If you have been injured contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (757) 223-4455 to discuss your legal options. Cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees unless we win.