When you buy a new product and use it for its intended purpose, you expect it to work. You certainly do not expect it to cause injury to you or a loved one, but a defective product can do just that. When a product does harm someone, the people who made it possible for that defective product to get out into the world need to be held accountable. Our Monmouth County personal injury attorneys can help you do that.
What Do I Need to Show When I File a Lawsuit Over a Defective Product?
When you file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product, you have to show a few things. You must have:
Proof of injury: You should have photos of the injury and any medical bills relating to the treatment you received.
Proof of defect: You need to show that something is wrong with the product. It could be missing a part that makes it operate safely or the instructions are not adequate. Whatever the problem is, it makes the product dangerous.
A clear link between the two: You then need to show that the product defect and your injury are connected.
Evidence of proper use: You also need to show that you were using the product in the proper way. Even if there was a defect, the manufacturer would probably not be seen as responsible for injuries caused if the product was not being used for its intended purpose.
What Are the Types of Product Liability Claims?
There are a few different types of product liability claims that you can pursue in court. Your defective product was likely a danger due to one of these three things:
Manufacturing defect: Something went wrong during the manufacturing process, making this defective product dangerous. The designer and manufacturer did not intend this to happen, but the problem was somehow missed.
Design defect: The actual design of the product is the problem in this kind of case. It was made as it was meant to be, but some unforeseen issue made the product hazardous to its users.
Marketing defect: The packaging, marketing, or instructions for the product have caused a dangerous situation in some way.
How Long Do I Have to Sue Over a Defective Product?
If you do plan to take legal action, you should not waste any time. There is a statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New Jersey. If you want to sue over the harm that a defective product has caused, you need to sue sometime in the two years following the accident.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
When you are ready to move forward with a personal injury case, contact The Wilton Law Firm. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about what our attorneys can do to help make things right.