Designers, manufacturers, and sellers have an obligation to offer safe products with clear directions to avoid injury. When this obligation is failed, unsuspecting consumers can be injured due to defective products. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be eligible to recover compensation in a product liability claim. To learn more, continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney.
Who is responsible if I am injured due to a defective product?
Depending on the type of product liability lawsuit, there will be different liable parties. The following are the three types of product liability lawsuits:
- Failure to warn: Certain products require warning labels. When these labels are not present, consumers can unknowingly use the product the wrong way and sustain a serious injury as a result. The following are examples of required warning labels:
- Choking hazards, warning against improper use of a product, and more.
- Negligent product manufacturer: A product blueprint is sent out for manufacturing laying out an initially safe product design. However, sometimes manufacturers will divert from that blueprint. This can cause the product to become unsafe to use which can result in accidents and injuries.
- Negligent product design: Product designers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their customers. Failure to do so may increase the chances of a serious accident occurring due to a defective design. If you have been injured due to a negligent product design, you likely have a valid personal injury claim.
How long will I have to sue for an injury due to a defective product?
The statute of limitations is the time period you will have to bring attention to your defective product claim. The statute of limitations in Maryland for defective product lawsuits is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your injury to file your claim. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. It is important to understand this time period to avoid being permanently barred from suing if you fail to take legal action within the statute of limitations.
It is also important to understand that the burden of proof is on the victim for product liability claims. With this in mind, it is necessary to recover and preserve as much evidence as you can regarding your injuries and how they occurred.
To begin the claims filing process reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney. We will walk you through each of the steps ahead. Give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.
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