Defective Product Lawyer
When you go to out to buy groceries, medicine, cars or car parts, or any other type of consumer product, you trust that the manufacturer has put the safest product it can on the shelf in front of you. In fact, many of those products are defective because the manufacturer decided to put profits over safety. The attorneys of Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, P.C. have extensive experience investigating and prosecuting defective product cases. Contact us today at 800-574-4332 to discuss the details of your case with a Mobile defective product attorney.
What Is a Defective Product Claim and What Damages are Available?
A defective product (also known as product liability) liability case relates to either the design or manufacture of a particular product. A person injured by a defective product can recover for a personal injury against the manufacturer, the distributor and/or the seller of the defective product for negligence, the breach of a warranty or under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer’s Liability Doctrine.
In Alabama, you may bring a claim for the compensatory damages associated with the injury – permanent injury, lost wages (past and future), emotional distress and physical pain and suffering (past and future), medical bills (past and future) and other out of pocket costs you have incurred or will incur in the future. You may be entitled to punitive damages punitive damages against the wrongdoers designed to punish them and to deter others from similar conduct. If you are married or the injury is to a minor child in your custody, you can bring a claim for your loss of services of the injured person. A defective product lawyer at Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, P.C. will investigate your claim and pursue a recovery against all who may be responsible if the facts merit doing so. Contact us at 800-574-4332 to begin the conversation today.
What Should I Know About Accidents Caused by Defective Car Parts?
They Are Relatively Rare
If you talk to people about their car accidents, you’ll often hear that “the brakes just didn’t work” or “the turn signal was really on.” This might lead you to believe that accidents caused by defective parts are quite common. However, this isn’t the case. The vast majority of car accidents are caused by human error. Even in many instances where people claim that their car suddenly malfunctioned, later investigations often show that the driver simply did not do what they should have done.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that accidents due to vehicle defects never happen. Just as human error causes car accidents, human error can also cause the creation of defective car parts. When these accidents do occur, it is crucial to talk about your options with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The Recall System is Not Perfect
You may believe that manufacturer recalls always protect you from defective car parts and the accidents they may cause. Unfortunately, the recall system has its flaws.
First, some recall notices never reach customers. While manufacturers are supposed to maintain an up-to-date log of contact information of vehicle owners, too many recall notices end up at the wrong address, sent back to the post office, or lost in transit.
Second, not all defects are even recalled. For a defect to be recalled, it must have already caused enough accidents to raise the alarm at the manufacturer. You could be involved in an accident by a defective car part, only to find that you’re the “lucky” one to identify the defect first.
Who is Liable?
A number of parties may be liable in a car accident caused by a defective car part. It all depends on the details of your case, which is why it is so important to discuss your case with an attorney. Potentially liable parties include:
- Design team. Some parts are flawed from the very beginning because they were designed in an improper or unsafe way. In these situations, the people responsible for designing the car component could be liable for the crash.
- In other situations, the component was designed correctly but executed improperly by the manufacturer. Perhaps important steps were skipped, or the wrong machines or materials were used. In any case, this points to the manufacturer.
- The firm responsible for marketing the components could also be responsible for the accident. If they misled mechanics or dealerships about the safety of the part or said it was appropriate for cars that it was not actually approved for, those untruths could make them liable.
- If the dealership failed to pass on recall information or used a recalled component in a repair, they may be responsible for the damage caused by the defective part.
How to Get Compensation
To get compensation, you must first prove liability. This is where your attorney comes in. They can investigate the accident, review accident reports related to the malfunctioning component, and determine which of the parties listed above is liable. From there, it’s primarily a matter of negotiating. You want to choose an attorney with extensive experience in defective car parts cases, as they know what the burden of proof is in these cases and how to best prove your case.
The amount of compensation you get depends on the severity of the accident, how much your injuries impact your life, and how strong your attorney’s case is. You may be compensated for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What Will an Alabama Defective Product Liability Lawyer Provide?
Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, P.C., is able to offer a defective product lawyer to lead you through what can be a traumatic experience. We will handle your case with professionalism and sensitivity. You deserve the support and advocacy that our attorneys will provide.
In the state of Alabama, the statute of limitations on defective product cases is only two years from the date of injury. Accordingly, you should reach out to the attorneys at Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, P.C. If you or a loved one has suffered a defective product injury and believe it may have been due to the negligence of a third-party, reach out to our team of Mobile defective product attorneys today to discuss your legal options. We do not charge a fee to evaluate your case.