When consumers purchase a product, they have certain expectations. They expect that the item will work as advertised and will not cause them harm if they use the product for its intended purpose. This, unfortunately, is not always the case.
Product defects are more common than many people realize. According to Kids in Danger, manufacturers recalled approximately 63 products totaling to over 8.7 million units in the children product category alone during 2020.
If you or a family member was injured due to a defective product, then you may be eligible for lost wages, medical bills and other damages. A personal-injury attorney can evaluate your case and determine if you may have valid grounds for a lawsuit.
A Scottsdale accident lawyer from the Rudolph & Hammond Law Firm can assess your injuries and guide you through the claims process. Many victims face overwhelming debt due to health-care costs, but a successful lawsuit can help relieve some of the financial burden. To discuss your options, call us today at 480-951-9700.
In the meantime, read on for a brief overview of product liability claims in Arizona:
What Are the Different Types of Product Liability Claims in Phoenix?
According to the Arizona Revised Statutes), the statute of limitations for a product liability claim is 2 years. Just about any product can cause injuries, but the law groups liability lawsuits into three categories.
- Manufacturing Defects
The first group includes products with manufacturing defects. This means that there was a mistake either at the factory level or between the factory and the store where you bought the product.
- Lack of Warning or Instructions
The second group includes products that do not feature appropriate instructions or warnings. Some attorneys refer to these claims as “defective marketing” claims.
- Design Defects
The third group includes products with a defective design. In these cases, the manufacturers made the product according to specifications, but it still had the potential to cause serious injuries.
Proving Liability in a Product Liability Case
In order to prove liability, you will need to present evidence that the product caused your injury. Your attorney can help you gather evidence that links the injury to a specific defect in the product. You will also need to prove that you were using the product in the correct manner when the injury happened.
One of the first steps you should take after suffering an injury from a defective product is seeking medical attention. A doctor’s report can tie your injury to the product defect, and it can help your attorney quantify the damages. Also, hesitating to seek medical attention may compromise your ability to recover compensation from a civil lawsuit.
If you were the victim of a defective product, then contact the Rudolph & Hammond Law Firm. A Scottsdale accident lawyer will guide you through the claims process. Call us today at 480-951-9700 to schedule a consultation.