Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller of a product who may be held liable for any defects or injuries it causes. In general terms, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer.
In most states, any person who was injured by a defective product can recover for his or her injuries, regardless of who purchased the product, as long as the product was actually sold in the regular course of the supplier’s business. Thus, someone who sells a product at a garage sale, for example, would probably not be liable in a product liability action.
Product liability cases are often complex and can involve the testimony of experts. For every theory used to bring a claim, there are typically several defenses that might defeat such a claim. In addition, laws and statutes that affect a product liability action differ from state to state.
Liability for a product defect could rest with any party in the product’s chain of distribution, such as:
- The product manufacturer;
- A manufacturer of component parts;
- A party that assembles or installs the product;
- The wholesaler; and
- The retail store that sold the product to the consumer.
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Product liability claims are subject to a statute of limitations, meaning you may have a limited window of time to file a legal action. An experienced product liability lawyer can ascertain the merits of your claim, and help walk you through the necessary stages of filing, a possible trial, and the appeals process.
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