When a defective product causes injuries, it makes sense that a manufacturer can be sued over it. However, the manufacturer is not the only potentially liable party here. Retailers who sell dangerous products could also be sued for compensation when their customers get hurt. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a defective product, a Queens product liability attorney from our firm could help you explore your legal options.
How Can I Show That the Defective Product Was Harmful?
If you want to pursue damages, you have to show that a defective product was harmful. Generally, you need to show that:
- The product was used as intended
- There was some kind of defect with the product
- You were injured while using the product
- Your injury and that defect are related
Winning your case requires you to show a clear link between the defective product and the injury suffered. Retailers and other defendants might try to dispute this. They could say that you modified the product or that you were careless. An attorney from our firm can help you push back on their narratives and keep the focus on the facts. The defective product caused you harm and you are owed compensation as a result.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Win in a Defective Product Case?
You should receive economic and non-economic damages in a case like this. Economic damages cover the financial costs of your accident, like:
- Medical bills
- The cost of future medical care, if needed
- Lost wages
- Any loss of earning potential
- Property damages
Non-economic damages are there to address the less obvious costs of accidents like these. They can help make up for:
- Pain from disability or disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Psychological trauma
- Any other pain and suffering
Any fair and reasonable compensation offer includes both economic and non-economic damages.
How Long Do I Have to Sue Over a Defective Product?
New York gives accident victims three years to sue from the date of injury, but we recommend acting as quickly as you can. Your lawyer may have an easier time gathering evidence and building your case if you start the process right away. Also remember that the sooner you start the legal process, the sooner you can receive the kind of compensation you deserve.
Do I Need a Product Liability Lawyer?
A product liability lawyer can help you with your case in a variety of ways. Expect your lawyer to:
- Calculate fair compensation
- Attempt to hold all liable parties accountable
- Defend you from accusations of wrongdoing
- Handle all communications for you
- Employ the testimony of expert medical or manufacturing witnesses
We are here to advocate for you at every stage of this process.
Schedule Your Consultation
Contact the Law Offices of George Poulos and ask to set up a consultation. If you or a loved one were harmed by a defective product, we want to hear about it. We will do everything that we can to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.