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“Product Liability” is when a manufacturer or seller of a defective product is held to be liable for allowing that product to find its way into the marketplace, and into the hands of a consumer. The law generally requires that products meet “ordinary expectations” of consumers. When that product is dangerously damaged or defective, without notice, it falls short of meeting those expectations. In such cases, all sellers along the “distribution chain” for that product bear responsibility for injuries caused by the defective product.
All “product liability law” is developed at the state level (there is no federal body of product liability law). Product Liability claims are based upon that particular state’s case law, as well as general theories of strict liability, negligence, or breach of contract. Each state also has a body of commercial statutes (based on the Uniform Commercial Code, or U.C.C.) that contains warranty rules that in turn affect product liability. This product liability law operates differently than standard personal injury law; as a result it is often easier for injured parties to get compensation for their damages.
Product liability actions are quite complex, and establishing legal fault often requires the assistance and testimony of experts. Additionally, every state has its own laws and specific statutes that will affect a product liability action. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a potentially defective product, an experienced product liability attorney will be able to answer your questions and protect your interests.
Product liability claims can be very complex and proving liability may require the use of expert witnesses. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to a defective product, call Puget Law Group to schedule a complimentary strategy session with Casey Arbenz, our lead personal injury attorney. Casey has extensive experience in the courtroom handling cases where people have suffered injustice at the hands of those in power, who are violating their legal duties and the protections of others. Casey and his PLG team will take your case personally and aggressively represent your interests.
“Casey took my case even though he wasn’t sure about it. It was kind of a weird case. He was really supportive and made me feel like he was on my side even though the facts were not always completely clear. He is patient, friendly and knowledgeable. And he managed to get me everything I wanted out of the situation.”