Our New Orleans defective product attorneys handle a wide variety of product liability cases, including defective medical devices and defective drugs. Defective products range from children’s toys and household appliances to car parts and foods. United States laws and Louisiana laws require that designers, manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of products ensure that the products are safe for consumer use. Companies who produce and sell dangerous or defective products can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use of those products.
If a defective or dangerous products causes injury to you or your family member, you may have a claim for damages under a product liability claim. Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free consultation with a New Orleans defective product attorney.
What Claims Fall Under a Product Liability Claim?
There are several different types of claims that can be filed as a product liability claim.
- Defective Design – A product can be defective in its design. In some way, how the product is designed causes it to be dangerous or hazardous for customers to use. The design of the product can cause injury or death. If the danger cannot be resolved by a design change, steps must be taken to guard against injury. If steps cannot be put into place to guard against injury, a warning must be issued that the product can cause injury or death if used by a consumer.
- Defect in the Manufacturing Process – A flaw in the manufacturing process can cause an otherwise safely designed product to become dangerous. For example, if a manufacturer changes the components to save money, the result may be a defective product that causes injury. Manufacturers have a duty to safeguard against flaws in the process that create hazardous products.
- Failure to Warn – This is another common product liability claim. If a product can be used in a foreseeable way that could result in death or injury, the producer for the product has a duty to issue a warning to consumers. If the producer fails to warn consumers of dangers the producer knew or should have known existed, it can be held liable for damages resulting from an injury or death.
Who Is Liable for Damages in A Product Liability Claim?
Most claims filed regarding dangerous or defective products are the result of breach of warning, negligence, strict liability, or consumer protection claims. The defendants in a product liability claim depend on where in the process the defect occurred. For example, if the design is flawed, the designer may be liable for damages. However, if the manufacturer decided to change some of the components without consulting with the designer, the manufacturer may be liable if the product injures a consumer.
It is very important that an experienced attorney conducts a thorough investigation to determine the defendants that should be named in a defective product claim. You want to name all parties that may be liable for damages to increase your chance of receiving full compensation for your damages.
Contact A New Orleans Defective Product Attorney
If a defective product has caused an injury, contact our New Orleans product liability attorney for a free consultation. Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free case evaluation.