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Baton Rouge Product Liability Attorney

Baton Rouge Product Liability Lawyer

When a company releases a consumer good to the public, consumers expect it to have been properly tested and safe for use. However, every year, hundreds of consumers are negatively affected by everyday household items. From food to appliances, any product can be a potential hazard to the public if it is defective.

Despite federal guidelines and regulations that require companies to properly label and test items before releasing them on the market, consumers are still harmed. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, there is help. A Baton Rouge product liability lawyer like ours can assist you in holding accountable those responsible.

Reasons for Filing a Claim if You Were Harmed

There are a number of reasons why a product may become defective, but, in general, as long as the product was being used as intended when the injury occurred, you may have a case for compensation. The three common factors for product liability claims are:

  • Poor design: A flaw or fault with the item’s design that makes it inherently dangerous. In these cases, the flaw ends up affecting the entire product line and not one single item or unit.
  • Manufacturing defects: These only occur in specific batches or units and are usually due to errors during the item’s fabrication.
  • Labeling defects: When goods don’t have the proper warning labels or certain instructions, such as a medication with improper dosage instructions.

Current Defective Product Recalls

Household items aren’t the only types of products that can be defective. Appliances or children’s toys, medications, tools, food, and more can also be. A few of the most recent recalls that have been issued for dangerous items include:

Queso Fresco Cojita: Sold by such brands as Bright Farms, Dole, Trader Joe’s, and more, these dairy products have been recalled due to being contaminated with Listeria. Symptoms of Listeria Infection can last for days and while cases are usually mild with fever and nausea, more severe symptoms include headache, confusion, and loss of balance.

Consumers are urged to not purchase or eat these products and to monitor for these symptoms if they’ve already eaten any of the recalled food. Likewise, retailers are urged to remove all unsold recalled products from store shelves.

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smokers: These handy smokers have the defect of leaking electrical current during use, which can cause electric shocks to consumers. Approximately 211,700 units were sold in the United States, and 3,440 additional units were sold in Canada at major retailers such as Lowe’s, Menard’s, and Target, as well as online at Amazon.com and Charbroil.com. Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the recalled models and contact Char-Broil for a free repair kit.

Tesla Cars: Nearly 2 million cars manufactured by Tesla have been recalled due to concerns over the available Autopilot feature. A statement from the NHTSA supports the recall, stating that drivers of Tesla vehicles rely too much on the Autopilot or “Autosteer” function as it gives drivers a false sense of security and can lead to more frequent accidents.

Tesla has agreed to move forward with the recall and update the software to limit this feature and ensure drivers are safer on the road.

If you have concerns about something you have in your home or want to stay up-to-date on current recalls, you can search on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls webpage. The page also allows consumers to make a report of an unsafe product.

Additionally, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has a similar webpage to search for current and past recalls on FDA-regulated products.

Determining Fault for Harm Products Cause

In the case of product liability, there can be several parties who may be held liable for your damages. Those parties may be:

  • Manufacturers: This is the company that created or produced the defective product before sending it out to consumers
  • Retailer: Any store that sells items, such as grocery stores or pharmacies, has a duty to keep products fresh and properly labeled on the shelves
  • Wholesaler or distributor: Consumer goods may be damaged during shipment from the manufacturer to the retailer, causing injuries to consumers who purchase the defective item

Proving which party is at fault or where, in the process, the defect occurred is a key point for your case. Your Baton Rouge product liability lawyer will collect all the evidence to help determine who will be held responsible for your injuries.

Baton Rouge product liability lawyer

Injuries Associated With Uses of Defective Items

There is a wide range of injuries that occur from defective products. Depending on whether a consumer was injured from using improperly labeled medication or by a grill with a faulty gas line, or any other  flawed item, the injuries might be minimal or could lead to long-lasting injuries and health issues.

The most common injuries we see in connection to these defects are the following:

Although physical or external injuries might be more common symptoms of using defective products, serious illnesses such as respiratory issues or cancer could also present themselves. No matter the severity of your injury, your attorney will assist you in claiming compensation.

Possible Compensation for Your Injury

When a dangerous product causes harm to consumers, it can lead to injuries, illness, or other damages that take not only a physical but also a financial toll on victims and their families. Those victims who pursue legal action in the form of a lawsuit often receive compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lifestyle changes to accommodate a disability (such as vehicle or home modifications or in-home caregivers)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life

While some damages may be difficult to calculate, Bianca | Matkins will have the necessary experience to consider all the details of your case and ensure you receive the most compensation possible.

How an Attorney Can Help

If you’ve suffered harm by using a product and are considering pursuing legal action against the responsible party, it’s important to the success of your case to speak with an attorney who specializes in handling product liability cases.

Not only will your attorney understand the nuances of the Louisiana legal system, they can assist with your case in the following ways:

  • Identify liability
  • Gather evidence
  • File on time (within the one-year Louisiana statute of limitations)
  • Negotiate a settlement

If your case can’t be negotiated out of court, your attorney will also be prepared to represent you in front of a judge.

Our attorneys at Bianca | Matkins have years of experience helping consumers just like you fight for compensation after injury from using a dangerous item. Contact our law office today for a free consultation and see how a Baton Rouge product liability lawyer can help you.

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