You trust that the manufacturers have made a safe product when you purchase a product. But sometimes, that's not always the case. If an item is defective or unreasonably dangerous, consumers may be at risk of severe injuries, illness, or death. Even a tiny flaw in the manufacturing process or design can cause irreversible harm.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury from a defective product, then you may be able to file a claim for compensation under Washington, DC’s product liability law.
Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to hold the manufacturer, distributor, and possibly other parties accountable for your medical expenses and other damages.
If you believe that a product defect caused or contributed to your injuries, then contact a Washington, DC product liability lawyer at Regan Zambri Long PLLC today. We will thoroughly investigate the situation to find all possible liable parties so that you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
According to Washington, DC product liability law, defective products are categorized by one of these types of defects:
In some cases, the basic design of a product may present unreasonable hazards to users. The company can be held liable for the design defect if the company knew before the product was manufactured yet failed to change the design flaw. A typical example is a vehicle design defect that causes rollover accidents, which may lead to severe and preventable injuries in a car crash.
Manufacturing defects can occur when the product unintentionally changes from its original design during the product’s production phase. Manufacturing defects are not necessarily the product of poor quality control but may result from using low-quality materials or poor workmanship. For instance, poor health standards at a food packaging plant may contaminate the food, causing potentially fatal food poisoning.
Sometimes, a product may be safe only for specific uses and pose a significant danger if the product is not used as intended. Therefore, most consumer products must contain clear instructions and warning labels concerning the item’s correct use. If a company fails to include these labels, an unintentional injury could occur. For example, if a drug interacts negatively with another medication, the pharmaceutical company must contain warnings to that effect.
Product liability law allows you to seek compensation for your injuries and damages from the parties responsible for a defective product. However, these laws are complex and vary from state to state. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a product liability claim for:
Often, your product liability attorney must demonstrate that the liable party’s negligence resulted in a dangerous defect, which then caused your injuries. In general, any act that falls below a standard of reasonable care is negligent. For example, a negligent company may disregard standard safety tests or ignore unfavorable results.
A warranty guarantees a given product and usually applies to an item’s use. The warranty can either be implied, such as mentioned in a marketing campaign, or is spelled out right on the label or a piece of paper that comes with the product. If an accident or injury happens in the circumstances covered by this kind of guarantee, then you may have grounds for a claim.
In a product liability claim, strict liability states that a seller, distributor, or manufacturer of the product is liable for the injuries, regardless of whatever action they did to ensure the product’s defect never happened. The product itself is so dangerous that the victim can sue for strict liability without needing to prove negligence.
Additional laws may apply if there is evidence that a company knowingly misrepresented an item’s benefits or concealed product defects. In these cases, victims may receive further compensation, depending on state laws.
The Washington, DC product liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have extensive experience with product liability injury claims, and they have represented cases of national significance. With decades of experience, an impressive track record, and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, our product liability lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and expertise needed to handle your product liability claim.
Senior Partner Victor Long has represented cases that have influenced the labeling and marketing of several products and medications. He was granted a US patent for a warning label developed for a case involving an infant who was severely injured in a fire caused by an extension cord. Additionally, Victor recovered $4.2 million for an injured child in one of the first cases involving defective playground equipment in Washington, DC.
A product is considered defective when the victim can prove a flaw in the product makes it unsafe for its intended use. As you can imagine, this can be difficult to achieve without the help of an experienced team of product liability lawyers.
Multiple parties can be held responsible in a product defect case. Anyone involved in creating and selling the product can be held accountable, from the designers and manufacturers to the marketers and sellers.
If your claim is successful, there are two types of compensation you could receive — economic and non-economic.
Economic damages refer to compensation for monetary losses you may have experienced. These damages include medical expenses, loss of earnings, and property loss.
Non-economic damages refer to non-monetary losses. Such examples include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and loss of companionship.
In very rare incidents, you may receive punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the behavior of those who caused the injury.
It’s always best to have the dangerous product when filing a lawsuit. However, sometimes this is not possible. Either the item is destroyed, or you may have thrown it out after it created the injury. However, our experienced DC product liability lawyer will be able to investigate your claim thoroughly if you no longer have the item.
If the item was altered before the injury, it could affect the outcome of your case. It depends if the alteration of the product played a part in your injury. If the modification didn’t contribute to the damage, your case might be safe. It’s best to speak with our DC product liability lawyer to learn your legal options.
Generally, injury victims do not know whether a labeling, design, or manufacturing defect caused their accident. However, a product liability lawyer can investigate similar incidents involving the same product.
Additionally, it is difficult to take on the big companies and multinational corporations that produce many consumer products alone. Therefore, if you or a loved one sustained injuries from a defective product, then you should consult a product liability attorney about your options.
Our defective product attorneys can investigate the circumstances of your injuries and take the steps needed to identify all liable parties. We will represent your best interests in a product liability lawsuit and fight for your right to compensation. Call (202) 960-4596 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.