When you buy something from a brick-and-mortar or online store, the worst thing you expect to happen is for it to not live up to your expectations. But millions of consumers have much worse experiences with the products they buy—they or someone they love gets seriously injured by them!
Unfortunately, product manufacturers almost always put profits over safety, and that means many dangerous products make it onto store shelves every year. When people are hurt by those products, they may suffer major financial setbacks and want compensation from the manufacturers. But what about the stores that sell dangerous and defective products—can they be sued, too?
Although most of the liability for a dangerous or defective product falls on its manufacturer, other parties also may share some of the blame. These parties include:
Although the responsibility for designing a safe product falls exclusively on the manufacturer, it’s also up to wholesalers, distributors, and retailers to ensure that the products they sell are safe for customers. This isn’t always easy for them to do, especially if they sell thousands of unique products, but they are required to make every effort to ensure that the products they distribute or market aren’t defective and dangerous.
They’re also required to pay attention to recall notices and take immediate action when recalls concerning products they distribute or sell are subject to them. That often means removing those products from their warehouses, shelves, and websites immediately before they can be sold, and even making every possible effort to contact the people who have already purchased them to warn them of potential dangers.
Whether you’re suing a product manufacturer, a product distributor, or a product retailer, four facts must be established and backed up with evidence for your compensation claim to be successful:
Product liability claims can be complex, especially if you’re pursuing compensation from multiple parties. The product manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers at fault may all be large, global conglomerates, and that can make it extremely difficult for individual victims to get the money they’re owed after defective product injuries. But having a lawyer on your side can make all the difference.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we aren’t afraid to go up against some of the biggest corporations on earth if it means getting fair compensation for our clients. We also know exactly how to build successful defective product injury claims, and we’ll put our years of experience to work for you and your family.
You trusted that the product you purchased was safe, and your trust was violated—now, get the money you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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The financial burden that often comes with a serious injury can be too much for many people to bear. Unexpected medical debt, damaged personal property, and the sudden loss of income can impact the budgets of most families. The good news is that a successful injury claim could help reduce that financial strain after a serious accident. Get in touch with a Terre Haute personal injury lawyer with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to learn more.
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