Product Liability Lawyer Summit County, CO

Product Defect Injury Claims

If you were injured while using a defective product, a product liability lawyer Summit County, CO at Zweig Law, PC can help get you the settlement you deserve. Defective products can seriously harm a consumer. When this occurs, the consumer is often left with a mountain of medical bills, or worse, their family is left grieving after they lost their loved one in a defective product accident.

A product liability lawyer in Summit County can help your family get the justice they deserve. Call our Colorado office today to request a free consultation to discuss the details of your case. You will be under no obligation to contract our legal services at the conclusion of your case review, and you will have a clear understanding of how our defective product lawyer can obtain a fair settlement for your family.

Product Defect Injury Claims

There are several types of product defect claims, and your CO product liability lawyer in Summit County can clarify which category into which your case falls. There are three categories for product defect claims, and depending on the circumstances of your accident, your case might fall into more than one.

  1. Product design defect. When a product is designed in such a way that when the consumer uses the product in the way in which it is intended, and is injured as a result, this is a product design defect. For example, in using a foldable knife, the blade unexpectedly closes on the user’s hand and severely damages their finger.
  2. Product manufacturing defect. When a product is defective because during the manufacturing process it was not assembled correctly, this is a product manufacturing defect. For example, a vehicle manufacturer’s worker does not attach tires to the wheels correctly and when the tire separates from the car, the driver is injured or killed in a car accident.
  3. Product warning defect. Manufacturers are required by law to provide warnings to consumers about the proper use of their product in order to avoid injury or death. If insufficient warning is provided, they can be held liable for the consumer’s damages. For example, if an indoor space heater is subject to starting a fire if it is tipped over, the manufacturer must include a written warning with the product.

Manufacturer Negligence and Strict Liability

Your Summit County product liability lawyer in Summit County can provide more information and specific details as they apply in your case, but laws dictate that a valid product defect claim must establish that the manufacturer was either negligent or was strictly liable for the consumer’s injury. To further explain negligence, the injured consumer and his or her lawyer must prove:

  • That the manufacturer failed in their duty to provide a safe product to the consumer.
  • This failure on the part of the manufacturer caused the consumer to suffer a serious injury.
  • Because of their injury, the consumer suffered measurable damages. Examples of damages: medical bills, pain and suffering, depression, lost wages, etc.

With strict liability, this means the manufacturer is responsible for making sure that they do not release defective products to consumers. They are “strictly reliable” for making sure that their product is manufactured correctly because they are the ones who manufacture it.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Injury Due to a Product Defect?

With help from a product liability lawyer in Summit County, CO, from  Zweig Law, PC, a consumer who is injured by a defective product may be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturer, retailer, and/or wholesaler. We investigate your case to figure out who is primarily liable for your injuries. It is possible that all of the parties involved in the creation of a product is responsible by a certain percentage. When starting to build your case against a party for a harmful product, it is important to get counsel from an experienced team of product liability lawyers in Summit County, CO.

The Manufacturer

A manufacturer may be a huge and well-known company, an individual entrepreneur, or any other entities who were part of the marketing and design of a product. No matter how large or small the company is who created the defective product, a product liability lawyer in Summit County, CO is ready to fight for you. Is isn’t fair that you purchased an item will a reasonable understanding that you wouldn’t get seriously hurt when using it correctly. It is the responsibility of those who made the product to ensure it is safe for use, and if not, that they have put sufficient warning labels so consumers can make an informed decision about whether it’s right for them. 

The Retailer and Wholesaler

When a retailer takes a product and advertises to the public that it’s available for purchase, they are implying that it is safe for use. A consumer who is harmed from the product due to its defective nature, can file a lawsuit against the retailer even though they were not part of its manufacture. The wholesaler is the party between the retailer and manufacturer. A product liability lawyer in Summit County, CO can give you the legal paperwork to complete if you are interested in taking action against a retailer. Keep in mind that when suing the retailer:

  • You may be able to receive compensation for having used the product, based on the type of defect, state laws, and the product
  • You do not have to be the person who bought the product (it could have been gifted to you by someone else)
  • You do not have to be the person who used the product 

Your product liability lawyer in Summit County, Colorado, from  Zweig Law, PC, can assess your circumstances and injuries, to decide who is most appropriate to sue for compensation. It is possible that all three entities are partially responsible for you injury. If that is the case, then we can advise next steps and help gather evidence in support of your claims. When meeting with a member of our legal team, bring a file of all the information you have on the product defect and your resulting injuries. For example, it can help if you have photographs or video of your visible injuries, the product, witnesses who were there when you used the item and were hurt, copies of doctor exams, treatments, and other medical-related documents. 

Dangerous Children’s Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) acts to protect consumers against injuries that are caused by dangerous and defective products sold in Colorado and throughout the U.S. The CPSC estimates that costs associated with injuries, deaths, and property damages as a result of these products top $1 trillion each year.

When consumer reports and complaints are filed regarding products that are potentially dangerous, the CPSC investigates the matter and may issue a product recall. Manufacturers and retailers may recall products of their own accord as well. Thousands of products are flagged each year and among those most common on the list are baby and childcare supplies. It is worth noting that you can explore your legal options with a Summit County product liability lawyer at our firm regardless of whether the product that harmed your child has yet to be recalled or not. 

Hold Product Manufacturers Accountable

When product manufacturers sell defective products and/or fail to issue the proper warnings about potential dangers, they can be held liable for the harm that these products cause. If you choose to file a claim with the help of an experienced Summit County product liability lawyer, you may be entitled to some/all of the following damages:

  •     Current and future medical expenses
  •     Lost wages and future losses in earnings due to disabilities
  •     Compensation for pain, suffering, and any scarring that results
  •     Punitive damages, meant to punish at-fault parties for conduct that was particularly willful or negligent

Contact a Colorado Defective Product Attorney

When parents purchase products for their children – whether those products are for the care of their child or for the child’s enjoyment and play – they expect that the companies that manufacturers that items have done all that is possible to ensure these products are safe. When these companies fail in this task, either through negligence or greed, both federal and state laws are in place that allow families to pursue damages against those responsible for the injuries that children suffer because of a defective product.

If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries due to a defective or dangerous product, reach out and contact a Summit County product liability lawyer at our firm today. We will schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation to evaluate your case and let you know what legal options may be available to you. Call our office today to find out how our legal team can help your family obtain financial justice. We look forward to speaking with you. 

To learn if your case qualifies for compensation from a product manufacturer, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a Colorado product liability lawyer in Summit County at Zweig Law, PC.

Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney at  Zweig Law, PC for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.