Consumers rely on the products they purchase to function as advertised. Sadly, they cannot always count on this being the case. Many manufacturers knowingly sell defective, damaged, and downright dangerous products even though they are fully aware that the products are not fit for retail sale—all so they can capitalize on these products for as long as possible before being called out on it. Such negligent practices can result in major injuries as well as serious illnesses, such as when contaminated foods are made available to consumers to buy.
Manufacturers and retailers both owe a duty of care to consumers when they make products available for purchase. When they knowingly offer defective, potentially dangerous products for sale, they violate this duty of care and can then be held liable—or legally responsible—for any damages that result from the use of their product. Being liable means that they can be compelled to pay out damages in the form of financial compensation to the consumer who was negatively affected by their negligence.
Product liability cases come in a variety of forms, including:
If you or a family member have experienced one of these or any other product liability issues, reach out to a product liability lawyer at Russell & Hill, PLLC to discuss your legal options.
Some product liability cases can result in serious damage to people and to their property. For example, if a defective small appliance catches fire or explodes when operated according to manufacturer instructions, a house fire and burn injuries could result from this defect. A ladder that has rickety rungs near its apex could lead to a person falling from a great height, resulting in spinal cord injury and compound bone fractures. One “little” defect can lead to a lot of pain and suffering and could even result in becoming permanently disabled.
Russell & Hill, PLLC can help if you need a product liability attorney in Seattle. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and skill to get a satisfying outcome for your product liability case. If you purchased a product that was defective—especially if that defect resulted in injury—you have the right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or retailer in order to recover damages. Damages are calculated by the courts and may then be paid to you in the form of a cash award, and we will work hard to get you every penny you are qualified to receive. We also do not charge any attorney’s fees until your case has been won or settled. Contact us today for a free consultation.
If you keep up with the news, then you probably hear about product recalls all the time. When we look at the website that tracks current recalls in the United States, we see that there are plenty of cases that do not make the news about products that can cause consumer harm.
No industry is free from defective products. When we look at the commonly recalled items, we see:
Injuries and illnesses from defective products vary depending on how the product is used. Our Seattle product liability lawyers commonly handle cases with the following:
Children are particularly susceptible to injuries from defective products, particularly those that pose choking hazards or products with faulty childproof lids.
When we see defective products, we can generally point to one of three problems:
Regardless of how an error occurs, negligent or careless companies and manufacturers should be held accountable for their actions.
There is a three-year statute of limitations on product liability cases in Washington. You must generally file your injury claim within three years from the date of the injury. In some cases, a person may not realize they have been injured due to a product’s exposure until years after they have used it. It is important that you seek medical treatment and legal assistance as soon as you discover an injury.
How much compensation you receive from your case will vary depending on the total amount of damages you have suffered. Each case is different, and a skilled Seattle product liability attorney will be able to help you. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you secure the following: