Glendale Product Liability Lawyer
Manufacturers have a legal duty to make sure their products are safe to use and do not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to users. If a manufacturer fails in this obligation, consumers who were injured may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group have recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for more than 155,000 clients. This includes more than $50 million in compensation in several defective product cases.
Our founder Jeffrey L. Phillips has served as lead counsel in over 40 trials and obtained verdicts in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Mojave, Navajo, Gila and Yavapai Counties. Mr. Phillips is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 and a premiere member of the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.
Our firm offers a free consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your claim. We charge no upfront fees – our lawyers are not paid unless our clients get paid.
Contact us at 1-800-706-3000 to schedule your free case review.
Am I Eligible to File a Case?
The answer to this question depends on several factors, which can be reviewed with one of our experienced attorneys in a free consultation.
There are generally three types of product liability cases, based on the type of product defect:
- Defective design – A product with a defective design is one that is inherently dangerous based on the way that it was designed. In these kinds of cases, an attorney must prove three things to establish the manufacturer’s liability: the manufacturer should have known the design would cause injury to users; there was an issue with the design that could be considered dangerous; and it would have been cost-effective to use a different, safer design and still fulfill the intended use of the product.
- Manufacturing defect – A manufacturing defect case involves an error made during manufacturing that affects an entire batch of the product, making them all inherently dangerous to consumers.
- Marketing defect – Products should have clear warnings and instructions on how they can be used safely. If warnings or instructions are unclear, the manufacturer could potentially be held liable for damages.
Manufacturers are not the only ones who could be held liable. Wholesalers, distributors and retailers could also bear some amount of fault for your injuries and damages.
These are complex cases that should be discussed with a qualified attorney. Call our firm any time to set up a free consultation with a Glendale product liability lawyer.
Proving Liability in a Defective Product Case
There are generally three legal theories that can be used to prove the manufacturer or another party may be liable for a consumer’s injuries:
This legal theory is used in most product liability cases against manufacturers, designers and distributors. The plaintiff must show the product was defective and the defect caused injury.
Unlike other types of cases, victims do not need to prove the at-fault party breached a duty of care. The designer could have used reasonable care, but if the product was defective and was the reason for someone’s injury, the manufacturer could be held liable.
In these cases, the attorney must prove the at-fault party breached a duty of care to act with reasonable care. The breach of duty of care must be linked to the victim’s injuries, and those injuries must have resulted in damages.
Breach of Warranty
Sometimes a manufacturer or retailer violates an expressly stated warranty about the product’s safety. Other times, there is a breach of the implied warranty. An implied warranty is usually offered by the manufacturer. It simply means the product is safe if used as it is intended.
Our Glendale product liability lawyers can review your situation during a free consultation to determine your legal options.
Contact us at 1-800-706-3000 to get answers to your questions.
What Is My Case Worth?
If an attorney determines you have a viable case, you may be eligible to pursue three types of damages:
- Economic damages – This includes damages linked to a specific economic loss, such as property damage, medical expenses and lost income.
- Non-economic damages – Pain and suffering and emotional distress may be compensable as well.
- Punitive damages – Although rare, punitive damages are sometimes awarded when the defendant’s actions were grossly negligent or intentional and the court wants to punish the defendant and deter others from engaging in similar behavior. You often see punitive damage awards in defective drug cases.
If you think you have a defective product claim, we encourage you to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess what your claim may be worth.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
Our Glendale defective product lawyers are dedicated to recovering maximum compensation for victims of defective products. If we take your case, we have the resources to manage the entire process, including interviewing witnesses, conducting an investigation, handling inquiries from the insurance company and filing the necessary paperwork.
While many cases settle, some do not, as at-fault parties do not offer fair compensation for the full cost of the victim’s damages. If this happens, our attorneys will be prepared to file a lawsuit if necessary. We have many years of combined experience in the courtroom and a track record of recovering favorable verdicts for our clients.
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Deadlines for Filing an Injury Claim
Arizona’s statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years, this includes product liability cases (Arizona Revised Statutes 12-542). Therefore, in most situations, you must file your case within two years from the date of your injury caused by a defective product.
However, there are some exceptions to this deadline. For example, if you did not discover your injury until later, you may have more time to file your case. There is also a different deadline for minor victims.
This can be a complicated issue, which is why you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to determine how much time you may have left to file a claim. Our Glendale product liability lawyers have detailed knowledge of deadlines for personal injury claims and how to review claims to determine what deadlines may apply.
Common Examples of Defective Products
Common defective products that cause injuries include:
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Medical devices
- Automotive parts
- Children’s toys
- Household appliances
- Cleaning products
- Industrial equipment
- Industrial machinery
If you were harmed by a dangerous product, it is important that you contact a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible. There is limited time to take legal action.
Call a Glendale Product Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Defective product claims are some of the most complex personal injury cases. While there are no guarantees when pursuing these kinds of cases, those who work with licensed, experienced attorneys often recover more than those who do not.
Our knowledgeable Glendale product liability lawyers can answer any questions that you may have and can guide you through the legal process, if you have a case. The consultation is free and confidential. Our attorneys do not get paid unless we obtain compensation for your claim through a settlement or verdict.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Ph: 1-800-706-3000