When an Alabama consumer buys a product from a store, purchases a food product or takes a medication prescribed by his or her doctor, the assumption is that the product is safe. Unfortunately, consumer products are not always safe, and individuals may suffer harm from things they believed were risk-free. In these situations, it may be possible to hold certain parties accountable for a victim’s pain and suffering.
Products liability cases involve the pursuit of compensation for dangerous consumer products that caused people harm. These cases allow victims to hold certain parties to account, fighting for justice for what they experienced. If you believe you are the victim of a dangerous consumer product, you may have legal options available to you.
Who is responsible?
Product liability claims can be complex because there are often multiple parties involved in the manufacturing and distribution process. It is not always easy to determine at what point in the process something happened to affect the safety of the product. Some of the possible liable parties include:
- The manufacturer of the component parts used in the product
- The party that assembled or installed the parts
- The party that manufactured the product
- The retail store that sold the product
- The wholesaler of the product
A careful assessment of the case and an evaluation of the product may reveal which parties are likely responsible for what happened to you.
How is a product dangerous?
There are multiple ways a consumer product can be defective, and identifying the problem is essential for your products liability claim. There may be issues in the design of the product, the process used by the manufacturer to create the product or the way the company marketed the product. Knowing this will help establish the burden of proof, something that is essential for successfully seeking compensation through a claim.
What can you do next?
Being the victim of a dangerous consumer product can be overwhelming, and you may be unsure of what you should do next. If you think you have a claim, it will be in your interests to understand how the products liability claims process works and what steps will be necessary to seek a full and fair recovery. The civil justice system provides a way for you to pursue compensation for losses and damages you experienced as a result of the negligence of another party.