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Have You Been Injured by a Product You Purchased?
Or scared when a child’s toy inexplicably broke at the worst possible moment – or discovered that the pain medication you take regularly is wildly unsafe? When you purchase products, you expect them to help you…or at least refrain from causing you harm. As it turns out, Colorado State Law is on your side. Manufacturers (and sellers, and distributors) have a legal responsibility to ensure their products meet agreed-upon safety standards.
Of course, manufacturers don’t always follow the rules.
When you or a loved one gets injured by a product defect, the responsible party should foot the bills – not you. Being a victim of product defects can be expensive: Depending on your injuries and property damage, you could face hundreds of thousands of dollars in unplanned costs. Yet the compensation you can work towards can be considerable. In 2020, the national average award in product liability cases was over $7M. The defective product attorneys at Jordan Law can help you determine who is liable for the defective product and file a strategic claim to get the compensation you deserve.
What are the Three Types of Product Defects?
There are three main types of product defects: Design, manufacturing, and marketing. As their names suggest, these flaws crop up during the design, manufacturing, and marketing stages of releasing a product into the world. Together, these categories of defects include:
- Design flaws
- Improper production
- Incorrect material use
- Improper labels
- False advertising
- Incorrect instructions
Do Product Defects Really Lead to Injuries?
These may be simple-to-miss mistakes, but they can result in severe, life-changing injuries. For example, many serious defective product cases are caused by car defects. (Remember the Ford Pintos from the ‘70s, which burst into flames if the gas tank was ruptured in a collision? It’s estimated that nearly 900 people died due to burns traced to these explosions.) Victims of any product liability accident can sustain burns, TBIs, broken bones, poisoning, eye injuries, and even death (e.g. if they were given a defective medical device, such as a pacemaker).
To help everyone avoid this outcome, several relevant safety standards pose regulations on consumer products.
What are the Relevant Safety Standards for Product Liability Law?
Many different organizations oversee product manufacturing, including:
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission and CPSC standards, which enforce safety for a wide range of consumer products, including household appliances, electronics, and toys
- The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, which enforce similar safety standards on an international level
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates product safety within the food, drug, and medical device industry
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s crash standards for cars manufactured in the USA, and the European New Car Assessment Programme (or Euro NCAP), which provides a similar function in Europe.
What Should You Do if You’ve Been Injured by a Defective Product?
If you have been injured by a defective product (or realized that a product has a defect without necessarily sustaining an injury), what you do next can influence the success of your subsequent claim. Try to follow these steps:
- If you (or a loved one) are hurt, seek medical attention.
- Document the incident.
- If it’s possible, leave the product in its defective state.
Then, call 303.465.8733 to speak with an experienced product liability lawyer. They can help you assess your case, start your claim, and even help handle further reporting requirements.
How can Jordan Law Help?
In addition to providing assistance with the immediate tasks following your incident, Jordan Law can help you navigate the longer-term complexities of filing your claim and pursuing fair compensation.
These may include:
- Investigating the product in question and learning about its potential for defects
- Gathering evidence (including witness testimony) about your incident
- Helping you determine who is responsible for the defective product
- Determining the extent of the damages you are due
- Negotiating with insurers and other involved parties to work towards a fair resolution
- Filing legal documents or even lawsuits, as needed, to get you what you deserve
- Preparing for and representing you in court, as needed
- Keeping you updated throughout this entire process!
Two of the bigger question marks involved in a product liability claim surround liability and the extent of the related damages.
Jordan Law can help you work towards answers to both of these questions. Then, they can support you as you leverage what you learn to bolster your product liability claim.
Who Is Liable in a Product Liability Claim?
Depending on the specifics of your case, any of several parties could be liable for your potentially-defective product.
These parties include:
- The manufacturer – if you can demonstrate that the product had a defect that was present when the product left the factory
- The designer – if you can demonstrate that the product was defective or dangerous due to an inherent design flaw
- The retailer (or distributor, or wholesaler) – if you can demonstrate that the product was defective at the time of sale, the entities involved in that sale can be liable
- The servicer – if your product was repaired or serviced and was or became dangerous after the fact, that could result in a liability claim, too.
You may also be able to hold multiple parties responsible, or even people not on this list.
Your product liability law firm should have years of experience with these claims to leverage, and can be able to help you determine who may be responsible for your damages.
What Types of Damages Are Available in a Product Liability Lawsuit?
Jordan Law can also help you determine the extent of your damages – and the value of your lawsuit or claim.
Some of the damages that may be available to you include:
- Economic Damages, or any incident-related damages that have specific dollar values attached. These damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and necessary property repairs.
- Non-Economic Damages, or any incident-related damages with no dollar values attached. These damages are equally important but can prove challenging when determining associated costs. Examples of these damages include pain and suffering, as well as loss of enjoyment of life or even loss of consortium
You may be surprised at what’s available to you, which is why working with a seasoned defective product attorney is critical.
“If the insurance carriers don’t know who you are, they’re going to look into you. And you’ve never tried a case, do you think they’re scared of that person trying the case and knocking it out of the park? But when we come across their desk, they know they’re up against good trial lawyers. They know we try cases regularly and hit big verdicts.” –JASON JORDAN
How Can You Prove a Product Is Defective?
Establishing that a product actually is defective requires years of experience in this field, detailed knowledge of product standards, and as much evidence as you can possibly gather.
Jordan Law may assist with:
- Establishing whether the product itself was dangerous
- Determining the type of defect that the product exhibited
- Showing when the defect was introduced within the product
- Demonstrating who was responsible for the defect
- Uncovering evidence to strengthen your case
- Proving that you were using the product reasonably before the incident
- Connecting any injuries you have experienced to the product and its defect
If you’re interested in starting your claim today, call 303.465.8733 or contact Jordan Law online. We’re ready to support you as you work towards fair compensation.
Frequently Asked Product Liability Questions
How Do I Sue a Company for a Faulty Product?
To sue a company for a faulty product, start by taking these steps:
- Document the issue. If possible, keep the product in the state it was when you realized something was wrong.
- Consult with a defective product attorney. Your Denver product liability attorney should be your first call. The following steps will get tricky.
- Understand Colorado’s consumer protection laws to learn more about what your rights are.
- Attempt resolution directly with the company, first. Keep records of all communications you have with the company.
- File a complaint with a consumer protection agency, such as the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC).
- Gather evidence to support your claim.
- File your lawsuit. This step involves filing paperwork in court and serving it to the involved parties.
- Negotiate with the other parties, and take your case to trial if necessary.
This is a very high-level overview of a confusing, overwhelming, and lengthy process. Luckily, you don’t need to tackle these tasks alone. The defective product lawyers at Jordan Law are ready to help.
What Types of Products are Typically Involved in Product Liability Claims?
While any product can trigger a product liability issue, products in the following categories are often involved in these claims:
- Auto parts
- Medical devices
- Lawn equipment
- Children’s toys
- Home improvement tools
What Should I Look For in a Personal Injury Team for This Type of Liability Case?
Your defective product lawyer needs specific product liability experience, a solid reputation in the Colorado personal injury space, and the time and resources to give your case everything it deserves.
Check out customer reviews, look at testimonials, and see how much your prospective lawyer has obtained for clients in settlements and court awards.
Then, schedule a free consultation with the law firm you’re interested in retaining. This will allow you to gauge their communication style and ask specific questions about how they will handle your case.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Manufacturer Defect Attorney for a Product Liability Case?
Product liability lawyers in Denver tend to work on a contingency fee basis.
This means you don’t pay a cent for their services upfront. Only once your product defect lawyer helps you win your case (and you receive a settlement or verdict in your favor) will they assess a fee.
Typically, this contingency fee will be a percentage of the amount the lawyer helps you recover.
At Jordan Law, our contingency fee starts at around 35%.
During your initial free consultation, we’ll discuss fees and other important logistics in plain language, so you always know exactly what to expect when working with our firm.
If you’re ready to start a conversation with our team of experienced product warranty attorneys, we’re ready to help. Call today at 303.465.8733, and we’ll get started at once.
What Our Clients Are Saying
After extensively searching for an attorney to take my case, and having no success, I was referred to Jordan Law. He was quick to respond and follow up with me. I was struggling to keep it together throughout this difficult experience, but the confidence and trust they built with me gave me to motivation to keep persevering