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In most states today, an injured person does not have to be the purchaser of the product in order to recover from the manufacturer or seller of the product under a product liability theory.

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Leger & Shaw is a full service New Orleans law firm that focuses on product liability injury claims, including auto defects, ship and boat defects, oil field equipment defects, and medical device and drug defects. For a more detailed list of some of our recent product liability claims we have handled, please visit our Defective Product Litigation page. Whether your injuries were caused by a defective product or due to a manufacturer's failure to warn about an inherently dangerous product, we have the experience you seek to assist you with your claim.

Our attorneys believe you should have the knowledge needed to make informed decisions regarding the handling of your product liability claim. Accordingly, we are providing you with some general information regarding product liability law. If you have any questions regarding the information provided below, or if you wish to discuss your particular injury claim, please contact an experienced product liability injury lawyer and schedule a free confidential consultation. Manufacturers and their insurance companies have high-powered attorneys representing their legal interests; let us represent yours.

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Defective Products

Defective Products

Defective products can cause serious injury and even death. Defects can be traced to three main stages: when the product is designed, when the product is manufactured and when the consumer should receive instructions or warnings. If a product harmed you or a loved one, contact a products liability attorney at Leger & Shaw in New Orleans, LA, to discuss your case.

Design defects

A design defect occurs in the infancy of a product. It is a fundamental flaw that makes the product unsafe. If a consumer uses the product in the intended manner (or in a foreseeable manner), and the consumer is injured by the product, then the consumer may be able to recover compensation.

The injured plaintiff must show that the harmful product was defectively designed. Depending on the state in which the legal action is filed, this will mean proving that the design was unreasonably dangerous or the design was negligent. The plaintiff also may need to show that a safer alternative design was available and feasible.

Products with design defects can include a bicycle whose brakes fail, a teakettle whose handle breaks when it heats up or a ladder that cannot handle the weight of a person.

Manufacturing defects

When a manufacturing defect occurs, it can happen despite careful design. No matter how exacting the planning, the process can still break down during manufacturing. Even if the quality control is reasonable, the manufacturer is still at fault if, for instance, the product has a weak spot, a crack or another flaw.

A manufacturer that produces a product with a manufacturing defect faces the strict liability standard. This means that no matter what safety steps the manufacturer took during the production process, it is at fault if the product causes injury due to a manufacturing defect. This standard encourages manufacturers to be vigilant during the manufacturing process, and it eases the plaintiff's burden of proof.

Products that are prone to manufacturing defect products liability lawsuits include tires that blow out and vehicles whose parts are not made to specification.

Inadequate instructions or warnings

Even when a product has been properly designed and manufactured, it still may not be safe for all uses. Manufacturers and sellers must take adequate steps to avoid unreasonable risk to consumers. This means that when a product could be dangerous, manufacturers must warn the consumer of dangers that are not obvious and instruct on proper use. Manufacturers have failed to do so in situations involving smoke detectors, power tools, electrical equipment and other products.

If a satisfactory warning is in a prominent or proper location and the consumer fails to read it, then the consumer typically may not later collect damages from the manufacturer for failing to provide adequate warning. If, however, the warning is absent, hard to see or unclear, then the consumer may have a viable case. The manufacturer's failure to warn must be the cause of the consumer's injuries.

Speak to a products liability lawyer

To discuss your situation with a products liability attorney who can help you sort out your options, contact Leger & Shaw in New Orleans, LA.

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