Alaska Defective Products Attorney
When we use a product, we assume that it is safe and will not cause us any harm. After all, if we had known a product was defective, we would not have used it.
As a consumer, we have a right to expect the products we buy are safe—or, if there are certain hazards associated with the product, we have the right to expect warnings to that effect. A product is considered defective if it:
- Has a flawed design;
- Has an unsafe design;
- Malfunctions as a result of its use, or
- Fails to work as intended.
If you or a loved one has been injured or become ill as a result of a dangerous or defective product, legal representation is essential. In most cases, there is a relatively short window of time (known as the statutes of limitations) in which to file a defective product claim against the manufacturer.
Should you miss this window of time, you could be left unable to collect compensation for your injuries. The statute of limitations in the state of Alaska for product liability claims is two years from the date of the injury. Unfortunately, there are far too many defective products on the market today, which can lead to injury, illness, and even loss of life.
Proving the Product Was Defective
There can be more than one defendant in a defective product claim who knew—or should have known—the potential risks of the product. Your product liability attorney will show the product was, in fact, defective. Next, he or she will prove you were using the product as it was intended to be used, that you suffered harm as a result of the defective product and that the specific defect in the product was directly responsible for your injuries. There may have been a specific manufacturing error which made the product dangerous, or the design of the product may have been defective. Because product liability can be very complex, it is extremely beneficial to have an experienced defective product attorney from Ringstad Law Office, P.C. by your side following your injuries.
How Your Life Can Change Following a Defective Product Injury
When you are injured by a defective product, your life can change in many ways. Your future may be significantly altered by the severity of your injuries. You may find yourself unable to work, therefore, unable to pay your normal monthly expenses. Medical bills may be mounting alarmingly, even if you have health insurance. In addition to medical expenses and an inability to return to work, you may have constant pain from your injuries, which affect your day-to-day life, and your ability to garner enjoyment from your life.
Ringstad Law Office, P.C. can help you obtain the justice you need during this difficult time. We will hold the manufacturer, the distributor, or the seller of the defective product responsible, allowing you to get back on your feet. At Ringstad Law Office, P.C. we have helped many Alaska families find peace of mind after a defective product injury, and we will work hard to do the same for you.
Types of Product Liability
There are three types of product liability claims, including negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty. A negligence claim shows there was carelessness involved in the design or manufacture of the product, and that this carelessness led to your injuries. During the design process, negligence can occur in many phases. When the product is first conceived, drawn up and reviewed, apparent flaws in the design may be overlooked. Later, the machines which construct the product’s components may not have been properly maintained, leading to a design defect.
In a strict liability case, you—as the plaintiff—must only show the product was defective and your injuries were a direct result of that defect. Even if the manufacturer used appropriate caution when designing and manufacturing the product, they may still be held liable under strict liability laws. Any product which is not purchased brand-new is not eligible for a strict liability claim.
Breach of warranty covers the two warranties consumers depend on when purchasing a product. An express warranty covers how the product and its safety are represented by the manufacturer or retailer. An implied warranty is the manufacturer’s promise that the product is safe when used as intended. A breach of warranty action will cover any person who could be reasonably expected to use the product in question.
Failure to warn can also be an issue in a product liability lawsuit in cases where a reasonable warning or instruction could have prevented the injury. Warning label guidelines were significantly amended in 2002 by the American National Standards Institute. Warning labels must inform consumers of any potential hazards as well as the effects of those hazards and should clearly inform the consumer how to avoid any potential hazards.
How Ringstad Law Office, P.C. Can Help
The Fairbanks, Alaska attorneys at Ringstad Law Office, P.C. have achieved many successful defective product claim results on behalf of our clients. We will never hesitate to go up against a large manufacturer, and we will never rush to settle your defective product claim. We are skilled negotiators as well as aggressive litigators when warranted. Filing a Fairbanks, Alaska defective product claim can be full of complexities and should never be undertaken without the benefit of a highly skilled attorney.
At Ringstad Law Office, P.C., we will always ensure your rights to fair compensation are properly protected. Our reputation in the industry is exemplary, and we remain committed to helping Fairbanks residents who have been injured or become ill from using a defective product. Give us a call or request a free consultation today. We will work with you every step of the way, listening to your needs and striving to achieve your goals. Our primary goal is that your voice is heard. Contact Ringstad Law Office, P.C. today for a comprehensive evaluation of your defective product claim.