Stand Up Against Negligent Companies with Our Bloomington Product Liability Lawyers

Defective products pose significant risks, often leading to severe injuries that could’ve been prevented. Whether it’s a faulty household appliance, an unsafe toy, or a malfunctioning medical device, experienced legal representation is crucial to avoid shouldering the costs caused by negligent companies.

Our personal injury lawyers in Bloomington ensure your case is thoroughly investigated and effectively prosecuted, with an approach that includes:

  1. Conducting thorough investigations: We investigate the incident’s circumstances to determine the exact nature of the product defect and establish liability.
  2. Gathering compelling evidence: Collecting crucial documentation and expert testimonies to build a strong case.
  3. Engaging in negotiations with manufacturers and insurers: Ensuring you receive a fair and comprehensive settlement without the stress of dealing with insurers and corporations directly.

If you’ve been injured due to a defective product, securing experienced legal support from Christie Farrell Lee & Bell will provide your case with a wealth of knowledge and resources, built from decades of experience in Bloomington.

Defining Product Liability: What You Need to Know

According to Indiana Code § 34-20-2-1, anyone who distributes a product in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition is liable for any resulting injuries. Typically, three main types of product defects lead to liability:

  • Design defects: Fundamental flaws in the product’s design that make it unsafe.
  • Manufacturing defects: Problems occurring during production that render the product dangerous.
  • Warning defects: Inadequate safety warnings or instructions that fail to inform users of potential risks.

Recognizing these defects helps identify liable parties and take necessary legal action. By understanding where the issue lies, our lawyers can gather the appropriate evidence and build a compelling case to hold responsible parties accountable for any harm caused.

Navigating Common Product Liability Cases

According to the National Safety Council, almost 12.7 million people visit emergency rooms annually in the United States due to injuries from consumer products. Some common examples of cases we handle include, but are not limited to:

  • Faulty automotive components: Defective brakes, airbags, and other car parts that cause accidents.
  • Dangerous pharmaceuticals: Medications with undisclosed harmful side effects.
  • Defective medical devices: Malfunctioning implants and surgical instruments causing injury.
  • Unsafe children’s toys: Products with choking hazards or toxic materials.
  • Hazardous household appliances: Devices that malfunction and cause injuries such as burns or electric shocks.

Due to the wide range of potential product defects, addressing the complexities of product liability requires specialized legal expertise. At our law firm, we’ll provide comprehensive legal support tailored to your specific situation. We are ready to listen to your story and share similar case results to explore your best options.

Steps to Prove a Product is Defective

To pursue a product liability claim, you must demonstrate the product was defective when it was sold or distributed. To do so, our team at Christie Farrell Lee & Bell employs the following approach:

  1. Collecting and preserving evidence: Gathering physical evidence, relevant documentation, and witness statements to support your claim.
  2. Consulting industry experts: Engaging industry specialists to analyze the product and offer professional insights.
  3. Analyzing design and manufacturing processes: Investigating the product’s design and production history to uncover flaws or errors.
  4. Documenting any warning or labeling issues: Evaluating whether the product included adequate safety warnings and instructions for proper use.

However, it’s always important to consider the statute of limitations for filing product liability claims in Indiana. According to Indiana Code § 34-20-3-1, you must file your claim within two years after the cause of action accrues. Acting promptly and consulting with a lawyer as soon as possible is essential to ensure your case is heard.

Injuries Often Sustained from Defective Products in Indiana

Defective products can cause many types of accidents, but these common injuries are present in most of our clients’ claims:

  • Burns
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations and cuts
  • Poisoning and chemical burns

We know the injuries you sustain from defective products can be minor, but they can also be life-altering, resulting in catastrophic injuries that demand ongoing care and mounting medical bills. In this context, pursuing legal action will not only get you a sense of justice and closure but also the compensation you need to cover related costs and protect your financial stability. It’s our goal to consider the full impact of the accident and negotiate a fair amount on your behalf.

Maximizing Compensation: Types of Damages in Product Liability Cases

In Bloomington, pursuing a product liability claim allows you to secure the following damages:

Medical Expenses

Compensation in this category aims to cover all related medical expenses, from initial hospital visits to ongoing care such as physical therapy and specialist consultations.

Lost Wages

Compensation for lost wages addresses not only the earnings you’ve already missed but also potential future income if your injuries result in long-term disability.

Pain and Suffering

Compensation for pain and suffering acknowledges the injury’s impact on your quality of life, including chronic pain, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment in daily activities.

Property Damage

Whether it’s a malfunctioning appliance that causes a fire or a faulty car part leading to an accident, property damage compensation covers the cost of repairs or replacement of belongings damaged by the defective product.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct, to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future

Consult a Bloomington Product Liability Lawyer Today – Free Initial Consultation Available

From the initial investigation to the final resolution, Christie Farrell Lee & Bell is here to help you navigate Indiana’s legal system. We understand the devastating impact a defective product can have on your life, but our lawyers strive to make the whole process as stress-free as possible for you.

Also, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and provide guidance on the best course of action. Just contact us today to schedule yours!