Often, we take for granted that the products we use every day are safe. But unfortunately, defective products injure consumers all too often. The Union Springs and Montgomery products liability attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C. have decades of experience protecting the rights of people throughout Alabama who have been harmed by dangerous products. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a product that you think is defective, contact us for help.
Any Unsafe Product Can Cause Injury
While a high percentage of the things we buy are safe, consumer products are a major source of injury in the United States. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, in 2012 lawn mowers caused more than 83,000 injuries in America, and more than 253,000 people were injured by toys. These are just two examples of everyday products that can cause injury – there are countless more.
Jinks, Crow & Dickson represents people who have been injured by a wide range of consumer products, including industrial machinery, tractors, ATVs, and bicycles. Our attorneys also have extensive experience helping people who have been injured by defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause serious damage and result in huge medical bills. Other cases can involve single-vehicle car accidents, in which the cars involved were prone to rollover or had defective seat belts that did not adequately protect the passengers. Accidents may also result from improperly built car components, defective tires, or a vehicle’s failure to meet crashworthiness standards.
Alabama Law Protects Consumers
A products liability lawsuit can take on a number of forms and involve multiple claims. There are three major types of products liability cases: design defect, manufacturing defect, and failure to warn. In a design defect case, the plaintiff alleges that a particular product possesses a design flaw that makes it dangerous. A manufacturing defect case is a little different — it involves allegations that somewhere in the manufacturing process a problem occurred that resulted in the production of dangerous versions of an otherwise safe product. In a failure to warn case, a victim may allege that although a product may have been designed or manufactured correctly, it lacked adequate warnings that would have allowed people to understand an inherent danger associated with using the product. These theories are not mutually exclusive, meaning that a plaintiff injured by a product may bring their case under more than one of these theories. When a case is first filed, it may be impossible to know whether the defect was in the design or manufacture of a product until sufficient discovery is conducted.
The basic law that governs product liability claims in Alabama is called the Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine (AEMLD). The AEMLD is not a specific statute, but it is a series of cases handed down by Alabama courts that have specified the requirements for a products liability lawsuit. In addition to the AEMLD, there are other claims that people who have been injured by a defective product may be able to bring. Because of the complex nature of products liability law, always contact an experienced products liability attorney if you believe that you have been injured by an unsafe or defective product.
Injured consumers who bring a successful product liability lawsuit are entitled to compensatory damages and, in some cases, punitive damages where a defendant’s actions have been particularly egregious. Families of Alabama residents who have been killed by a defective product are entitled only to seek only punitive damages.
Experienced Products Liability Attorneys
If you have been injured due to a defective car component, medical device, pharmaceutical drug, or any other type of consumer product, contact one of Jinks, Crow & Dickson’s Union Springs products liability lawyers. We have helped many people from all over Alabama receive the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call 334-738-4225.