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Urbana Product Liability Lawyer

Consumers in Urbana should be able to purchase products without fearing that safety defects will result in injuries. However, consumer products frequently have various types of defects that can result in serious and deadly injuries to adults and children alike. When a consumer product causes injuries because of a defect, the company responsible for the product can be strictly liable for consumer injuries. An experienced attorney can help you to determine whether the designer, manufacturer, or retailer of the product could be responsible for damages. Contact our experienced Urbana product liability lawyer today.

Understanding Product Liability Law in Urbana

Product liability law is a specific area of personal injury law in which a company or individual who is responsible for a defective product can be held liable for a consumer’s injuries. Product liability lawsuits fall into one of three categories:

  • Design defect: This is a type of product liability claim in which the designer of the product or the designer of one of the product’s parts is liable because there is a defect in the design. No matter how well or safely the product is made, it will always be defective because of the design defect.

  • Manufacturing defect: This is a type of product liability claim in which the manufacturer of the product or the manufacturer of one of the product’s components is liable because a defect occurred while the product was being made. There is nothing wrong with the design of the product, so the defect could be remedied if the product or one of its parts were manufactured differently.

  • Marketing defect: This is a type of defect that is also known as a “failure to warn” because it involves a situation in which the retailer or company making the product fails to warn about known risks associated with the use of the product, or when the product is marketed in such a way that it does not inform consumers about risks.

It is important to know that, in order to be eligible to file one of the kinds of product liability claims listed above, you must have suffered an injury caused by the defect. Merely owning a product that has been subject to a safety recall is not enough to file a claim. At the same time, you should know that a product does not need to be recalled in order for an injured person to be eligible to file a claim. Many products with defects are never recalled, or they are recalled only after a lengthy amount of time and a high number of consumer injuries have already occurred.

Strict Liability and Urbana Product Liability Claims

While many types of personal injury lawsuits require the injured person to prove that the defendant was negligent or acted intentionally in order to be eligible for compensation, most types of product liability lawsuits are based on a theory of strict liability. What this means is that there is no need for the injured consumer to prove that a designer, manufacturer, or retailer of the product was negligent. Rather, the injured consumer will only need to prove the defendant’s connection to the product (as its designer or manufacturer, for example) and that the product had a defect that caused injuries.

Contact Patel Law, PC

When you have suffered injuries caused by a defective product, you should get legal advice from Patel Law, PC about filing a claim for compensation. Contact an experienced Urbana product liability lawyer today to get started.

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