West Virginia Products Liability Attorney
The Bayless Law Firm helps injury victims in southern West Virginia obtain compensation for losses and damages caused by dangerous products, such as hazardous materials, defective children’s products, and unsafe industrial equipment. If you’ve been harmed as a consumer, we can help!
What is products liability?
Products liability refers to the liability of any or all parties in the chain of manufacture for injuries and damages caused by a product. Starting from the top of the chain, this includes the manufacturer of a product’s component parts, an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, and finally, the retail store owner. Products with inherent defects, which cause harm to a consumer, are the subjects of products liability lawsuits.
Generally, there are three types of product defects that manufacturers and suppliers may be liable for. First there are design defects, which exist before the product is manufactured. Then there are manufacturing defects, which occur during the construction of a product. Finally, there are marketing defects, which may involve failures to warn consumers of a product’s potential hazards, as well as failures to provide proper instructions for using a product.
Some products are more frequently the subject of litigation than others.
While any type of equipment, gadget, or ingestible can be dangerous and give rise to a products liability claim, some products are especially prone to defects and litigation, such as:
- Building and construction materials, such as asbestos
- Industrial and agricultural equipment
- Pharmaceuticals, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- Medical devices
- Motor vehicle components, such as braking systems and air bags
- Toxic chemicals
- Foods or beverages
- Children’s products, including car seats, toys, and bedding
In most cases, products liability is a strict liability offense. This means that the defendant’s degree of carelessness is irrelevant. So even if the manufacturer or supplier exercised great care in designing, constructing or selling a product, if a defect causes harm, the company or individual will be liable for it.
Call the Bayless Law Firm today!
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerously defective product, contact the Bayless Law Firm today for a free initial consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.