Cases of Product Liability
Hamblen County Personal Injury Lawyer
It is the responsibility of every manufacturer to make products for people
that can be used in their intended fashion without causing harm. By following
safety codes and testing the products before releasing them to the market,
the manufacturers hope to avoid causing harm. Every day in every part
of the country, products are used; from purchasing food products to driving
in your vehicle, you are choosing to use a certain product. In the instances
that a product does malfunction, the results can be dire for the person
or people affected.
For residents of Morristown, TN that have experienced injury from a defective
product, it is important that you seek out legal attention as soon as
possible. Only a qualified product liability attorney can discover all
the elements of your case, investigate the cause of your accident and
work to help you achieve financial compensation. If you attempt to represent
yourself, it could be extremely difficult as the state's laws can
be confusing in this particular area of law.
With over 10 years of combined legal experience, the Hamblen County injury
The Bowlin Law Firm will put your best interests at the forefront. As a member of the
American Association for Justice and the
American Trial Lawyers Association, Attorney Bowlin has a passion for producing positive settlements, while
pursuing justice against negligent individuals and corporations. We serve
clients in Knox County, Knoxville, and Morristown, TN.
What are some of the most common cases of defective products?
Some of the most frequent defective product incidents take place in the
drug industry, automobile manufacturing and food service business.
Below we have explained these different types of product liability cases:
Drug Industry Issues: Drugs that do not perform their necessary function and cause damaging
side effects are a common example of product liability. While the Federal
Drug Administration (FDA) is adamant about testing prescription drugs
many times before releasing them to consumers, certain side effects can
go undetected. Eventually these drugs that end up causing more harm than
good often get recalled.
Defective Motor Vehicle Parts: A car that does function properly or does not protect its passengers in
the way it should could lead to serious harm. Injuries are very common
in simple accidents such as being rear ended or being involved in a roll-over
crash. When airbags do not deploy, the driver could hit the steering wheel,
breaking their collar bone, skull or even cause an incident of
wrongful death on impact. Seat belts that do not work properly could cause a passenger
to be ejected from the vehicle in a
car accident as well. With so many working parts and functions in a car, it only takes
one cog in the wheel to malfunction and cause an injury.
Food Industry Error: Both restaurants and food manufacturers that produce items to be purchased
in stores and consumed by individuals are at risk for liability with their
products. Whether this means finding an item in the food that was not
supposed to be there or foodborne illnesses being transmitted to consumers,
it can create an illness or other undesirable outcome. Sometimes pieces
of metal or plastic can make their way into bags of food, which could
break a person's tooth or become ingested, causing greater problems.
Bacteria and toxins in food can easily translate into a health issue when
food is left out too long, proper health measures are not taken when preparing
the food and other reasons. According to the Center for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) approximately 0.43 percent of illness caused by food
requires hospitalization of some kind.
How do I prove that the product was defective?
The nature of product liability cases requires that you as the consumer
reveal that the company responsible for the product was negligent about
checking it before distributing it. There are three different elements
of production that you can examine to determine who is at fault for any
injuries you have sustained. First is the design element, which involves
those who created how the product would look, work and achieve some sort
of goal. It is also their responsibility to test it and look for any structural
issues, double check the safety features and ensure that the product will
After the design, it goes to the manufacturers who are responsible for
taking the design and implanting it into an actual product. Even one small
error could cause the product to malfunction when used. Using improper
materials or lack of attention to detail by the manufacturer can result
in a poor product. Lastly, it is necessary that every product have proper
labels. For items that could be potentially dangerous, they have the legal
responsibility to provide clear warning labels so that the consumer is
aware of the risk before using it. If you believe any of the above three
reasons may be to blame for your
personal injuries, please do not hesitate in getting in touch with our office. Time is of
the essence with product liability cases, as you only have 1 year from
the date of the incident to seek out restitution.
Providing You with Experienced Legal Assistance
At our firm, our number one priority is our clients and their personal
needs. We know that the immediate aftermath is the hardest part, but we
highly recommend that you seek out our legal help as soon as possible.
Allow us to handle the stressful paperwork and negotiate with insurance
companies while you recover. Our Hamblen County personal injury lawyers
have assisted numerous other clients with everything from
medical malpractice to
dangerous drug lawsuits.
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