Do I Have a Product Liability Case?

You use and consume countless products each day. Normally, you do so without fear that your safety or health are at risk — but when a product fails and harms you in some way, you may be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, you could have a product liability case on your hands.Woman Shopping For Products

You use and consume countless products each day. Normally, you do so without fear that your safety or health are at risk — but when a product fails and harms you in some way, you may be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, you could have a product liability case on your hands.Woman Shopping For Products

Types of Product Defects

Design and manufacturing defects are commonly cited as the cause of injuries in product liability cases. However, even marketing defects could be to blame. For example, if a product was marketed for an intended use that then harmed you, you may have a product liability case.

Depending on the type of product defect, liability can fall to one or more of the following parties:

  • The product’s manufacturer
  • The product’s marketer
  • A parts manufacturer or assembler
  • A wholesaler or distributor for the product
  • The retailer who sold you the product

Determining who is responsible can be tricky when so many parties are involved in the making and selling of products. Working with an experienced product liability attorney like Christopher W. Jeffress can help you identify all potential defendants and ensure you get what you’re owed for your injuries and other losses.

Proving Product Liability

In addition to determining who is to blame for a malfunctioning product, you will need to prove that the product was indeed faulty in some way. To do so, you will be asked to substantiate the following:

  • Defect: The product you used was defective in some way. If you were injured by an inherently dangerous product, such as sharp tools or equipment, design defect may not be the culprit. This is especially true if proper warning labels and instructions were provided to you.
  • Causation: A product’s defect caused you personal injury or other losses. A mild accident — such as a bruise or minor cut — or a product that almost caused you harm would not be subject to product liability.
  • Injury: You must be injured because of a product’s defect, not improper use of a product. If you were using a product in a way that was not intended by the manufacturer — or in some other reasonable manner — you will not be able to pin your injuries or damages on the product.
  • Duty: The seller and manufacturer have a duty to provide you with a safe product. If the product has clear warning labels and instructions, whether or not their duty was breached may come into question.

It’s important to note that if you purchased a used product through a grey or non-traditional market, you cannot pursue a product liability claim. By purchasing a second-hand product, the seller and manufacturer are no longer obligated to provide you with a safe product. This is because it was not their intent for the product to be sold in this way. Grey and non-traditional markets include garage sales and flea markets, outlet stores, secondhand stores and digital discount retailers.

Contact a Product Liability Attorney in Boulder, CO

Christopher W. Jeffress has been practicing law for more than 25 years, with seven of those years devoted solely to product liability. He will help you determine if you have a product liability case and how to pursue it. Call 303-732-6634 for a free case review.

Takata May Have Known About Rupture Risk for Years

If you have been injured by a Takata airbag in Boulder County, call 303-993-8685 to learn how attorney Christopher Jeffress can help.The Takata airbag recall now includes nearly 70 million vehicles from a number of auto manufacturers. You can learn if your vehicle is included in the recall by visiting the vin lookup page at safecar.gov.

If you have been injured by a Takata airbag in Boulder County, call 303-993-8685 to learn how attorney Christopher Jeffress can help.The Takata airbag recall now includes nearly 70 million vehicles from a number of auto manufacturers. You can learn if your vehicle is included in the recall by visiting the vin lookup page at safecar.gov. If your vehicle has been recalled, it is important to take it to your closest dealership for immediate repairs. Failure to do so may result in shrapnel deploying along with your airbag during a car accident – an issue that has already resulted in a handful of deaths and over 100 serious injuries. If you are among those who have been injured, call Boulder car accident lawyer Christopher Jeffress at 303-993-8685 to learn how we can help.

Recalls for potentially deadly Takata airbags began in 2014, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just learned that the company knew about rupture risks as early as 2003. An incident in Switzerland that year was not reported to the NHTSA, rendering the agency incapable of taking action sooner. The decision to not report known or suspected dangers may make Takata liable for a more injuries and deaths than currently estimated, though the total number of people impacted by this airbag defect are, as yet, unknown.

When you are injured or a loved one is killed by a faulty or defective product, you have every right to hold the manufacturer accountable and seek compensation for all related damages. Boulder airbag defect attorney Christopher Jeffress understands how devastating these incidents can be and is prepared to take your case as far as needed to help you get the full compensation you are due.

To schedule a free consultation at our Boulder office, please contact Jeffress Law today. We represent victims of car accidents in Boulder County and all surrounding Front Range and Northern Colorado communities.

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