Blount County Product Liability Attorney
The typical person uses dozens of products every day, from clothes and furniture to electronic equipment and major appliances. Consumers buy these products expecting them to work safely. Unfortunately, many products have major defects that render them unreasonably dangerous, and innocent consumers are injured as a result.
At Barnes Law, we have deep experience in product liability lawsuits. We can hold a manufacturer or vendor accountable when a product harms you or someone you love. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options.
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Examples of Defective Products
Any product can be defective, but some of the more common include:
- Electrical equipment that catches fire or electrocutes consumers
- Clothing that catches on fire
- Furniture that is unstable, such as chest of drawers that tip over
- Appliances that explode
- Toys that have parts a child can choke on
- Motor vehicles that are dangerous to drive because of a defect
- Medical equipment or implants that fail
Many products are subject to manufacturer recalls, which you can find out by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recall List. However, a product can still be defective and dangerous even if no recall has been issued.
Those who have suffered injury should contact our law firm today. We will carefully review the circumstances of your injury to determine whether you have a legal claim.
Types of Defects
Products can leave the manufacturer with different types of defects. The most common are:
- Defective design. Something about how the product was designed makes it very dangerous. For example, a chest of drawers might be too tall and narrow, which renders it unstable. It can tip over and land on a child, for example, causing injury or death.
- Defective manufacture. The design might be okay, but the product was put together in a defective way. Screws or nails could be missing, or materials could be weak. The product harms someone due to this defect that showed up in manufacturing.
- Failure to warn. Products should come with clear instructions and safety warnings. For example, consumers might not know how to properly install a car seat if instructions are missing or vague.
Some defects are obvious, but others could be hidden from view. As an injured victim, you do not have to identify the defect yourself. But you should keep the damaged product so that an attorney and an engineer can review it to see where it fell short.
Filing a Lawsuit Promptly
The last thing an injured victim wants to do is miss out on filing a lawsuit. Tennessee has a statute of limitations that lays out the maximum amount of time victims have to sue.
Generally, a person has only one year from the date of injury to bring a product liability lawsuit. If an appliance burned you on July 1, 2020, then you must file a lawsuit by July 1, 2021. This is not a lot of time, so it is best to meet with an attorney as soon as possible. If you delay filing suit, a judge can toss your case out of court.
The statute of limitations has some exceptions everyone should know about. If a child is injured, he or she typically gets one year from the date they turn 18 to file a lawsuit. Still, parents are advised to quickly meet with an attorney to protect their child’s rights.
Tennessee also makes an exception if you could not discover that a defective product injured you. For example, defective medication might cause tumors to grow, but it takes several years to discover them. The statute of limitations will not start running until you could reasonably discover the injury.
Nevertheless, the statute of repose sets an upper bound on the amount of time you have—regardless of when you discovered the injury. In many cases, you get a maximum of six years. You also get 10 years from the date the product was first bought or consumed.
Compensation for a Product Liability Injury
Our clients have received money damages to cover many losses. Central among them are medical bills to treat their injuries. Our clients can receive compensation to cover the cost of surgery, hospital stays, doctor appointments, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, and mental health counseling.
Our clients can also receive compensation for lost income if they can’t work. Someone with burns or lacerations might have to stay at home or in the hospital for weeks.
Many people also receive money for pain and suffering and other intangible losses. Bad burns or cuts on someone’s face, for example, can cause severe embarrassment which is deserving of compensation.
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