Consumers typically trust that the products they buy will be safe to use. However, in some cases, products may be defective or negligently designed, resulting in severe injury. If you were injured as a result of a defective product, contact our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lutz Injury Law to learn more about your potential product liability claim.
What is product liability in New Jersey?
Companies have a duty to ensure that their products are safe for their consumers to use. This is known as product liability, and lawsuits can arise if a company fails its duty and creates a defective product. While product liability issues can happen with anything, they are most commonly found with children’s toys, appliances, motor vehicles, and more. Companies are required to provide labeled instructions along with their products to inform their buyers on how to safely use the product. If an injury results because of missing safety instructions, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for their burdens.
What should I do if I was injured?
If you were injured as a result of a defective product, do not throw the product away. Although it may be your immediate instinct, the defective product can be a key component to a successful product liability claim. Additionally, you will want to retain the services of a skilled personal injury attorney that can help you begin the legal process.
Who is responsible for product liability cases?
There are three different types of defects that someone can be held responsible for in a product liability case. They include the following:
- Design defect: This occurs when the product designer fails to take safety precautions when designing a product, which then results in injury.
- Manufacturing defect: This refers to when the product was safely designed but the manufacturer strayed away from the initial plans, which resulted in an unsafe product.
- Failure to warn: If a product was designed and manufactured safely, but the company failed to create labels and warnings on how to safely use the product, they may be held responsible for failure to warn.
How long do I have to file a claim?
The state of New Jersey has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This means that if you fail to file your product liability claim within two years from the date of your injury, you may lose the opportunity to receive the compensation you deserve. It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm as soon as possible to ensure you are meeting all of your deadlines.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!