We place trust in the companies that create our products. We tend to assume that the things we buy have been designed and manufactured with our safety in mind. Usually, that is the case, but not always. Sometimes, a poorly designed or badly manufactured product can cause serious injury. If you or a loved one has been injured by a product, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Read on to learn more about product liability lawsuits in New Jersey and what you should do in the event of an injury.
Should I Throw Away the Product?
If you are injured by a product, you may be tempted to throw it away. You may fear that it will injure someone else, or it may simply serve as a reminder of your injury. Either way, it is important to keep it. The product that caused your injury is likely a crucial piece of evidence. The product can help your attorney determine which party was responsible and help to hold that party accountable.
What do I do after I am Injured?
In the event of an injury, it is important to contact a lawyer quickly. In New Jersey, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This is referred to as a statute of limitations. If you do not file in time, you may lose your chance to recover compensation.
Types of Product Liability Cases?
There are three types of product liability cases:
Design Negligence: This occurs when the designer does not take safety into account when designing the product. To prove negligence, your attorney must be able to prove that there was a safer, yet equally feasible and economical way to create the product instead.
Manufacturing Negligence: This occurs when the design is sound, but the manufacturer, intentionally or unintentionally, does not follow the original blueprints. To prove negligence, your attorney must be able to prove that the manufacturer deviated from the original design.
Failure to Warn: This occurs when a product is designed and manufactured safely, but the company fails to warn the consumer about the dangers of misusing the product. To prove negligence, your attorney must be able to prove that the company did not provide adequate warning labels or instructions.
It can be difficult to determine which party was responsible, and it can also be very hard to prove negligence. As a result, you will need a skilled personal injury attorney on your side. We understand the toll an injury can take, and we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Firm
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.