Every day, New Orleans residents become injured by defective products. If a defective or dangerous product has seriously injured you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation through a product liability lawsuit. There are three main categories of product liability claims in Louisiana — marketing defects, design defects, and manufacturing defects. Product liability lawsuits can arise from defective car parts, home goods, or virtually any other type of product.
The experienced product liability lawyers at Arnona Rose, Attorneys at Law, can review your case and help you determine whether you have a compelling product liability lawsuit. Our lawyers have a proven track record of obtaining the compensation our clients deserve in product liability lawsuits. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn how we can advocate for you.
Documenting That Your Injuries Were Caused by the Defective Product
If a product has injured you, one of the most important things you can do is document the nature and extent of your injuries. We recommend speaking with a New Orleans product liability lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will be able to help you gather the evidence you need to prove your insurance claim or legal claim. We recommend visiting your doctor right away to receive a comprehensive medical evaluation.
When you visit your doctor, be sure to tell him or her exactly how the product you used caused your injuries. Do not shy away from telling your doctor all of the symptoms you are experiencing. You will need to follow through with your doctor’s orders by taking any medication prescribed and following up with any specialist appointments.
The defendant in your product liability case or the insurance company may claim that the product did not actually injure you. They may claim that you had a pre-existing condition that caused your injuries in order to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. When you receive a comprehensive medical evaluation and follow up with your doctor, you will strengthen your legal claim and create a medical record showing that the product in question caused you serious injuries.
The Louisiana Products Liability Act
The Louisiana Products Liability Act governs product liability lawsuits, defining when manufacturers are liable for the products they make and sell to the public. At Arnona Rose, Attorneys at Law, our New Orleans product liability lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the Louisiana Products Liability Act.
When consumers become injured by a company’s product, the consumer will often go up against well-funded legal teams when attempting to recover damages. These cases are often complicated and expensive to litigate. If you are the victim of a product liability accident, you need lawyers who are prepared for a fight and will use their skills and resources to represent you.
At Arnona Rose, Attorneys at Law, we have successfully litigated cases against large companies, and we are prepared to advocate for your right to compensation after being injured by a large corporation’s product.
Marketing Defects Lawsuits in New Orleans
There are three main categories of product liability claims — marketing defects, design defects, and manufacturing defects. Marketing defects occur when a manufacturer fails to warn consumers about potential injuries from using their products. In these cases, the manufacturer fails to provide enough information to the consumer about the product to help the consumer avoid being injured.
For example, suppose a company is selling a cooking pot without any kind of protective handle. The consumer may use the pot on the stove and become burned when reaching for the handle. In this case, the manufacturer did not include a warning that the handle becomes hot and can burn the customer during normal use of the product.
Design Defects Lawsuits in New Orleans
Design defects involve an actual error in a product design that the manufacturer has not fixed before selling the product to the public. A design defect is a flaw within the product design. An injured plaintiff needs to prove a hypothetical alternative design that would have been safer than the original defective design.
An injured plaintiff must also show that the alternative design would have been as economically feasible as the original design. An example of a defective design would be an SUV that has been designed to be so top-heavy that it drastically increases the chances of a rollover accident. Recently, a toy manufacturing company designed a defectively designed swing that allegedly was at risk of detaching with the child in it.
Manufacturing Defect Lawsuits in New Orleans
In a manufacturing defect lawsuit, the product itself does not have a design flaw, but some type of negligence occurred during the manufacturing process, resulting in one or more products that have dangerous flaws. For example, a company could design a safe swing set, but one or two units could leave the factory with a cracked and dangerous chain that puts kids in danger.
Recovering Damages in a New Orleans Product Liability Lawsuit
Successful plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and any other financial expenses related to your injuries. Non-economic damages include compensation for pain and suffering due to your injuries.
Discuss Your Case With a New Orleans Product Liability Lawyer
At Arnona Rose, Attorneys at Law, our legal team can help you analyze your product liability claim and advise you of your legal options. If a product has seriously injured you and you are unable to work, it is worth taking the time to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable product liability lawyer. You only have a limited amount of time to file a product liability lawsuit in Louisiana. The sooner you speak to a lawyer, the better your chances of obtaining the compensation you and your family need. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.