Thousands of injuries are caused each year by dangerous and defective products. Manufacturers or sellers, suppliers of parts, wholesalers, retail stores—in fact, any person or business involved in supplying a dangerous product—can be held liable. Typically, injuries of this kind are covered under what is known as product liability law.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed by a defective product, it is important that you contact an experienced Virginia product liability attorney who can help you understand your legal rights. You do not have to accept the first low offer made by the liable insurance company. In fact, these insurance companies will often do anything they can to avoid paying out the full value of your claim.
Our team at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner has a history of winning tough cases, including those involving dangerous or defective consumer products that result in injury to our clients. We have the skill, experience, and resources to face off against powerful retail brands, manufacturers, and distributors when their actions contribute to consumer injuries. Relying on our team for your representation makes sense.
Reach out to our firm for a free consultation today. Call (888) 635-9500 or fill out and submit an online contact form.
What Is Product Liability?
Product liability essentially describes the responsibility of product manufacturers, designers, and distributors to create, produce, and sell products that are reasonably safe for consumer use. When companies cut corners or prioritize profits over safety, defective products can make their way onto the consumer market.
Under Virginia law, there are three major causes of defective products:
- Defective designs or flaws resulting from faults in the engineering or design process
- Products that are manufactured improperly or not according to design
- Products that are improperly labeled, come with unclear or incomplete instructions, and/or do not warn consumers about hidden dangers
Attorney Mike Imprevento heads the product liability division of Breit Cantor. In addition to handling cases of defective design for SUVs, trucks, boats, and small planes, Mike and his staff have handled cases involving pharmaceuticals, power tools and industrial machinery, food, asbestos, lead paint, defective medical devices and contraceptives, and many other products that have caused harm to the public, civilians, and the military.
How Product Liability Cases Work
When a product results in injury, it’s important to look at what happened to cause that injury, and to ask the right questions, such as:
- Did the designer create a dangerous or defective product?
- Was an error in manufacturing responsible for the dangerous or defective component of the product?
- Should there have been a warning label applied to the product in order to protect consumers from risk?
- Were tests and case studies carried out to ensure the safety of the product?
- Did the manufacturer suppress or conceal information that could have pointed to the dangers of the product?
If you are injured by a defective product, you may have an easier time recovering compensation for your injuries than those injured in other ways. This is because special rules and approaches apply in the area of product liability law. It is important to gather as much information as soon as possible. Record what happened, get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses, and write down anything else you feel should be recorded. This information will be incredibly helpful to you and your attorney during the claims process.
In a Virginia court, a person may make a claim against a manufacturer or seller for either negligence or breach of warranty. In most types of personal injury law, to hold someone liable for your injuries, you must show that they were negligent and that their negligence caused your injuries. However, in a breach of warranty action, you can recover damages without actually showing that the manufacturer or seller was negligent. Anyone who regularly sells or rents a product and warrants that the product is safe, fit, and merchantable is as responsible as the designer or manufacturer. This ultimately benefits consumers who seek to recover damages in court.
Arrange a Free Consultation with Breit Cantor Today
Dangerous products can be found in every market category, from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to automobile parts to children’s toys and household goods. If you were hurt by a dangerous product or a product that has been recalled, speak with a Virginia product liability lawyer from our office. We are proud to serve clients with excellence, compassion, and detailed attention.
Our team at Breit Cantor offers free case evaluations to all potential clients. This means that if you have questions about whether or not you have a claim, or what the next steps should be, all you have to do is call our team to set up a consultation. We have offices located in Richmond and Virginia Beach.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a product you bought, the law is on your side. Contact Breit Cantor at (888) 635-9500 to speak with our attorneys today.