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Birmingham Product Liability Lawyer

Have you or a loved one been harmed or unexpectedly injured when using a product from a local or nationally trusted brand? If the item did not have the proper warnings or disclosures on the label, you could be entitled to compensation for the economic and non-economic losses related to your physical, emotional, and mental health.

For more than thirty years, the product liability attorneys at DeGaris Law in Birmingham have defended the rights of consumers injured by subpar goods against some of the nation’s biggest companies.

To get started working with us, call 205-575-8000 or book a free, no-obligation case review online today. Throughout the case review process, our Birmingham personal injury attorneys will examine the details of your case and give you our best assessment of your situation.

Call A Product Liability Lawyer To Help Win Your Birmingham Product Liability Case

Defective product cases can be complex and difficult to win, especially if you are up against big companies with deep pockets and large legal teams.

Clients looking for the best law firm in Alabama go to DeGaris Law to successfully conclude their case. This is because:

  • We understand statutes and the common causes impacting your case. The sharpest product lawyer will know all your case’s deadlines and statutes to ensure your case is filed correctly to maximize your compensation.We collect and manage the evidence. The documentation and paperwork required to win a legal case against a third party can be challenging.  Our team will assist with managing photos, videos, surveillance footage, police reports, and more. We are committed to leveraging over three decades of experience to win against large companies and manufacturers.
  • We seek maximum compensation for each claim. The initial injury or side effects caused by the malfunctioning product are only part of the damages. There could be additional compensation through missed work or non-economic costs. Whether your case is settled privately or through a jury verdict, we will fight for what is owed. We do not charge Birmingham defective product victims anything unless we successfully conclude or win your case.

What You Need To Know About Product Liability

The National Safety Council recently reported an increase in consumer product injuries of 7% for the second consecutive year following the pandemic. In 2022, 12.7 million people received treatments in emergency departments for injuries from consumer products.

When defective products harm citizens, the organization or third party responsible for producing them could be held liable. Product liability laws give victims recourse if they experience an injury from a defective item, according to Ala. Code § 6-5-521.

Product liability statutes typically fall under strict liability, which holds the third party liable for producing the defective item that injured a victim, regardless of the negligent third party’s intent or knowledge of the defect.

Third parties can be held liable for any of the following categories:

  • Incorrect or insufficient manufacturing: The product was built incorrectly or with parts that could cause harm during manufacturing. For example, a bicycle incorrectly manufactured has a broken chain that snaps and forces the cyclist to lose control.
  • An unsafe design or design defect that causes injury: The company or organization responsible for the invention and user experience fails to put the safety of consumers first. For example, an electric car with automated driving features erroneously takes control away from the driver, putting the passengers in danger.
  • Failure to notify consumers with a warning: When the product has known health risks not disclosed to consumers, the company responsible for the marketing could be held liable. One example is a sleeping pill or medication that does not disclose the potential side effects to the consumer, putting their health in harm’s way.

What Are Common Examples of Defective Products?

The most common types of defects we see in Birmingham include:

  • Defective drugs: Drugs that are poorly manufactured with toxic substances or ones that do not disclose all the risks could be considered defective.
  • Defective medical devices: A hip or knee replacement device that stops functioning or functions differently than designed may cause problems for the patient who had it installed.
  • Defective machinery: A lawnmower or fuel-powered machine breaks unexpectedly due to a defect and poses a risk to the user.
  • Food poisoning or toxic food: A food item is contaminated or expired without a label, leading to anything from an upset stomach to long-term, life-threatening complications
  • Inadequately labeled medication: A prescription or off-the-shelf drug does not put known side effects or warnings on the label.
  • Toxic Chemicals: A product contains lead or asbestos, or a victim eats vegetables sprayed with DDT, causing short-term sickness and long-term health risks.
  • Children’s jewelry or toys: A “child-friendly” object that contains dangerous levels of toxic substances or lead could be a huge risk to the child’s well-being.

Here are some injuries that could arise from some common product defects.

  • Burns: A faulty wire causes electronics like air fryers, toasters, or indoor grills to catch fire and harm your skin.
  • Choking: A child swallows a small piece that broke off a toy incorrectly.
  • Damaged organs: When medications have short-term or long-term side effects not listed on the label.
  • Head or neck injuries: A car’s airbag failed to go off, or the seatbelt caused physical distress.

How Long Do I Have To File My Birmingham Product Liability Case?

In Alabama, victims have two years to file a product liability injury or death lawsuit and one year for any actions against the original seller (AL Code § 6-5-502). A judge will likely dismiss claims submitted outside of that window.

Don’t miss your chance to be heard and receive the restitution you deserve from a negligent third party or company.

Open a Case With a Birmingham Product Liability Lawyer Today

DeGaris Law is here to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and economic costs related to a defective product.

Call DeGaris Law at 205-575-8000, or book a free case review by one of Birmingham’s most accomplished firms online today.

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