Defective products pose a significant danger to consumers throughout the country. These items could be virtually anything you own, from pharmaceuticals in your medicine cabinet to the parts of the car you drive.
The manufacturers of defective products may issue a recall for defective items, but many companies choose to ignore potential hazards and let consumers pay the price. If you suffered serious personal injury as a result of a defective product, the attorneys at Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C., can help.
Product liability cases can be complicated, which makes it important to choose an experienced law firm you can trust. Call 928-778-2660 today for a free consultation. Our lawyers serve clients in and around Prescott, Sedona, Prescott Valley, and nearby areas of Arizona.
What Is Product Liability?
The list of products included in high-profile defect cases over the years is seemingly endless. Some of the products, devices and vehicles involved in product liability lawsuits include:
- Motor vehicles
- Jet skis
- Dangerous medical devices
- Dangerous drugs
- Unsafe sports equipment
Although most motor vehicle accidents involve collisions between two or more vehicles, driver negligence is not at the heart of every single accident. From faulty airbags to defective tires, auto defects are a major cause of serious and even fatal crashes – some of them involving a single car.
In order to determine liability in a crash, a full investigation is necessary. Our attorneys have extensive experience identifying all liable parties in cases involving defective parts on many types of vehicles.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Product Liability Claim?
In today's mechanized world, many different people are involved in the creation of a product before it goes to market. Defects can be introduced at one or many different points along the manufacturing journey:
- Defective design: Part of the product is designed in a way that can be directly linked to the injuries.
- Defective manufacturing: During the course of manufacturing, the product is assembled or created incorrectly, ultimately ending in the distribution of an unsafe product.
- Defective warnings: The product fails to include instructions and labeling that warn consumers about the foreseeable risks of using the product for its intended purpose, resulting in injury.
Multiple parties may be liable in your defective product case, including the:
- Manufacturer of all or a portion of the product
- Company that assembled or installed the product
- Packaging or shipping company
- Retail store
- Advertising and marketing agency
Identifying the origin of the defect is crucial for the success of your case. Different companies could handle different aspects of the design, manufacture, or distribution of the product, and filing suit against the wrong party will delay the compensation to which you are entitled.
Filing a Defective Product Claim in Arizona
In Arizona, the statute of limitations for your defective product case is two years. Due to the complexity of these cases, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, the attorneys at Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. may be able to prove that the manufacturer or designer of the product was aware of the defect but took no action to protect consumers (the legal theory of negligence). In other cases, simply establishing the existence of a defect that led to your injury (a legal theory known as strict liability) may be sufficient to establish your right to compensation.
Our lawyers will pursue full compensation for the injuries you sustained as a result of the defective product, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Cost of physical, occupational, and other therapies
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning potential
- Damage to property (home, vehicle, etc.)
Should you lose a loved one due to a product defect, our attorneys can pursue a wrongful death case on your behalf. Damages in this type of claim will not make up for the tragic death of your family member, but the compensation can defray medical and end-of-life expenses, lost wages and benefits, burial costs, and other burdens your family is facing.
Why Choose Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. in Arizona?
Attorney Chris Jensen has been serving clients in northern Arizona for over 40 years. Together with Sean Phelan, our law firm has the experience, the resources, and the long history of success to provide the support you need with your defective product claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective or dangerous product, please contact our product liability lawyers today at 928-778-2660 for a free case evaluation. The Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. proudly serves clients in and around Prescott, Sedona, Prescott Valley, and nearby areas of Arizona.