Utah Product Liability Attorney
Protecting Our Clients’ Consumer Rights
Have you been burned by a product that suddenly exploded or caught fire? Have you been crushed or injured because a product didn’t come with a warning? Though you may be feeling helpless now, when you call Jeff Metler, we can sit down with you to determine if filing a personal injury claim is right for you. When individuals are injured by defective or dangerous products, it’s possible they can recover compensation by holding negligent manufacturers, designers, and other companies liable for damages. Whether you’ve been injured by a defective medical device or faulty seat belts contributed to your injuries in a car crash, you can rest assured knowing our lawyers care for you and your legal goals.
What Is Product Liability?
The term “product liability” refers to the responsibility that manufacturers, designers, sellers, and distributors have to create and sell products that are safe for consumers to use. Though these parties are required by federal law to follow certain standards, errors can be made at any time, sometimes these mistakes are overlooked and go to market. When buyers are injured by these products, they may be qualified to file a personal injury claim against the entity responsible.
Individuals will need to have a strong case to prove the at-fault party was negligent, and that the defect is what contributed to their injuries. This means the individual will need to show that had the defect not been present, they wouldn’t have been injured.
The following are the main types of product liability claims:
- Manufacturing defects: If there’s an issue with how the product was made, it’s likely the responsibility of the manufacturer. Sometimes errors are made in factories on the assembly line and products are made different from what the designers intended.
- Design defects: Sometimes the main issue with the defective product occurs even earlier than the manufacturing stage. Designers can be held liable if they made an error in the specifications for the project or failed to take certain risks or issues into account, resulting in an unsafe design.
- Marketing defects: Manufacturers are required to include instructions on how to use the product and warn consumers about the inherent risks involved. If the victim was injured because a warning wasn’t disclosed, they can file a claim against the manufacturer or entity responsible for including instructions.
Types of Defects
There are countless defects that can occur and cause injuries. You can go to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s website to see a standing list of all product recalls. One of the most common types of defects that cause injuries are car and vehicle defects.
Some examples of defects that can cause serious car crashes include:
- Defective airbags
- Faulty seat belts
- Defective tires
- Broken braking system
Medical and pharmaceutical defects are another leading cause of product liability. Sometimes medical devices intended to aid individuals, like hip replacements or intrauterine devices, do more harm than good and will break, shift around, or even injure an individual while inside their body, piercing their organs.
Even elevator manufacturers can be held responsible for damages. After an accident in which people are injured in an elevator that closes and crushes their limbs or falls from heights, it may at first seem obvious that the property owner is to blame. However, elevator parts can be designed or manufactured improperly.
Also Filing Mass Tort Claims
Jeff Metler and his team also represent groups of clients who have been injured by the same defective product. If you’ve been injured by a mass-distributed product, there’s a high probability that others have, too. We can file a mass tort claim, so you can still have an individual claim and receive compensation while also being able to use evidence from other claims to strengthen yours.
Thanks to our experience, resources, and relationships with insurance adjusters, medical professionals, and others in Utah and the United States, we’ve been able to successfully recover the following damages:
- Emergency medical expenses, such as ambulance rides, surgeries, and hospitalization
- Future medical costs like physical therapy, medical equipment, nursing care, and more
- Lost income or reduced earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Whether you wish to file an individual product liability claim or want to learn more about mass torts, we’re available to help you.
Jeff Metler and the rest of his legal team can establish negligence, communicate with insurance adjusters, and more. Call Jeff Metler and his team today at (801) 349-1009.