St. Tammany Parish Product Liability Lawyers
Herrin Kervin serves as a consumer advocate by holding companies accountable for product defects.
Louisiana Product Liability Attorneys
Products sold in the United States must meet specific standards, even if they were manufactured in another country. These standards are in place to protect consumers when using the products. Unfortunately, some companies ignore the standards or make mistakes that put people at risk. If you got injured by a product, you might have a claim against the manufacturer, designer, retailer, or another party.
Herrin Kervin is dedicated to fighting for victims’ rights. Our Louisiana product liability lawyers have represented clients throughout the state. Reach out to find out if you have a claim for your product-related injury. If you do, we will work to help you recover compensation for your injuries and emotional pain.
Common Defective Products
Defective products are quite common in Louisiana and the rest of the country. Common defective products include:
- Car seats
- Children’s toys
- Home appliances
- Industrial equipment
- Medical devices
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Power tools
This is far from an all-inclusive list. New defective products appear on a regular basis, so don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer If you’ve been injured by a product that’s not on this list.
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TYPES OF PRODUCT DEFECTS
Louisiana recognizes three types of product defects. First, there are manufacturing defects. These defects occur due to a problem with the manufacturing process. For instance, if the manufacturer fails to include brake pads on a motorcycle, a manufacturing error can occur.
Next, there are design defects. These occur when there is a design flaw that could have been reasonably fixed with a different design. Because the flaw wasn’t fixed, the company put a dangerous product in the hands of consumers.
Finally, the state recognizes failure to warn defects. Companies must warn consumers of potential hazards when using the product. If a company fails to include the appropriate warnings, it can be held accountable.
WHO IS LIABLE?
A proper investigation is necessary to determine who is responsible for a product liability issue. The manufacturer, designer, or distributor might be responsible. Also, the person or company that assembled the product might have made an error, or the marketing company could have misled the public. With so many possibilities, hiring a Louisiana product liability attorney is essential. It becomes even more critical when dealing with corporations. Corporations often change hands, and you must determine who to hold responsible. Your attorney will navigate this to help you receive the damages you need to recover from your injuries.
You might be eligible to collect compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. The extent of your damages will depend on the nature of your injuries and other factors. The amount you receive can also depend on your actions at the time of the accident and injury. If you are partially responsible for your injury, you can still file a claim and recover damages. However, the amount you receive will be reduced based on your level of responsibility. For example, if the court awards you $100,000 but determines you are 10 percent at fault, you will receive $90,000.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
Louisiana’s statute of limitations for product liability cases is one year from the date of discovery. The state does not have a statute of repose for these cases, so you can file a suit one year from the date you reasonably should have discovered the injury, even if that occurs years down the road. Once you discover the injury, you should contact a Louisiana product liability lawyer right away. Your attorney can begin preparing the case and file the paperwork well before the deadline.