How Do Product Recalls Impact Personal Injury Claims?

If you get hurt by a defective product, you may sue for damages in an attempt to hold a manufacturer accountable. You may be wondering if you can still sue if the product in question ends up getting recalled. Product recalls can affect your claim, but the fundamentals of winning your case remain the same. A Washington, D.C. defective product lawyer from our firm can tell you what that means.

Do Product Recalls Make My Case For Me?

When product recalls happen, wouldn’t that essentially make any personal injury claims against the manufacturer easy wins? The product was recalled, so the company has essentially admitted guilt, right?

That is not really how that works. This is because you still need to prove that the defective product harmed you. In fact, product recalls sometimes aren’t even mentioned in a product liability case. A judge might think that news of a recall could prejudice a jury.

Don’t worry too much though. This is why you have a defective product lawyer on your side. We can help you make your case and prove the crucial elements of a product liability case. We will show that the product was defective, that you were harmed while using the product for its intended purpose, and that the defect was the cause of your injuries.

Are All Product Recalls Mandatory?

Another thing you should know about product recalls is that not all of them are mandatory. Sometimes a regulator simply “recommends” that a product be taken off of the market. A company can then decide whether or not they want to follow that recommendation. If they do recall the item, then they need to notify retailers and customers, giving people the chance to replace or repair their product.

Do Product Recalls Get a Manufacturer Off the Hook?

Product recalls do not necessarily get a manufacturer of a defective product out of trouble. If they recall a product and do not notify customers, then they did not actually take the necessary steps to protect the people who purchased the product. Unless they can show that you received direct notice of a recall and then used the product, we can still make a case against the manufacturer.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive in a Product Liability Case?

A defective product can cause serious injuries, but it can also cause psychological trauma. A fair compensation offer makes up for the economic costs of an accident while addressing the pain and suffering it caused. We’ll help you find a settlement that reimburses you for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain from disability or disfigurement

Talk to Our Attorneys

If you have a product liability claim, you do not have to fight for compensation on your own. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC and schedule your consultation with our team. We would love to learn more about your case and tell you how we can be of assistance.