We must furst understand product liability before answering the question, what do product liability lawyers do. Product liability is about a consumer buying a product and using it for the intended purpose and in that process ends up getting hurt by the product making the manufacturer or supplier liable for the damages, even if they exercised extensive care. Manufacturers owe us a duty of care in creating and selling products. When a product turns out to be defective, the manufacturer, supplier, wholesaler, and even the retail store owner is liable for damages caused by their product.
A product can be faulty on the basis of an inherent flaw in the design of the product or a defect that occurred while manufacturing and production of the product or when there is a defect in marketing such as improper instructions to use or lack of warnings.
Generally, there are three types of liability cases filed under negligence of the manufacturer, under strict liability and breach of warranty.
Product liability laws and actions are often complex, and this is where product liability lawyers come in. They provide their expertise and assistance in analyzing the case and working out the best possible solution to get compensation for the affected victims. Also, every state has its own set of laws and specific statutes that impact the product liability action so it’s essential to consult a lawyer that specializes in the area as well as the field.
Many lawyers are specialized to handle cases pertaining to damages caused by a particular type of product. There are two types of product liability attorneys: plaintiffs’ attorney and defense attorney.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys generally practice in small law firms and earn by taking a percentage of any damages award or settlement. Some product liability attorneys work at big firms with more resources, allowing them to track down multiple consumers affected by the same product. These attorneys the help bring a ‘class action lawsuit’ on part of all the injured consumers. Defense attorneys, on the other hand, work of hourly basis. They work as employees for companies involved in designing, manufacturing and selling products in the market.
Given the huge number of products in the market, a variety of product liability cases can be brought. Product liability lawyers cover the majority of products including medication, medicinal devices, automobiles, food, furniture, home appliances, toys, tobacco, guns, and inherently dangerous products.
Product attorney lawyers possess the expertise to deal with cases pertaining to different products. For example, most faulty devices that are taken to court are medical. It is a tricky field to deal with since many injuries and complications manifest after a long time and are overshadowed by other health conditions. Faulty joint prosthesis, bones screws and corroded plates cause inflammation and pain in the tissues and by the time the real cause is revealed, it can cause damage beyond repair. Hence a specialized attorney to handle such cases is essential.
Product liability lawyers are skilled in acquiring the required knowledge to make a case and present it tactfully to put the relevant point forward. They are well connected to find pieces of information that may prove to be substantial to your situation and eventually help you win and settle for the damages you suffered from due to the use of a faulty product.
Product liability lawyers provide a means for the consumers to acquire compensation for injuries, death or property damage caused by a defective piece of device. They are well versed in laws that protect the consumers, and when a product liability lawsuit is successful, the plaintiff may be eligible for damages covering medical costs, lost wages, pain, and suffering and emotional anguish.