Every day, we rely on the products in our homes and workplaces to make our lives better. We place our trust in the items on grocery store shelves, in the cars we drive, and even the foods we eat. Unfortunately, some of these items—and the people who made them—are not worthy of that trust. Millions of people are injured each year as a result of dangerous or defective products.
Many of these people will never fully recover.
We Help Victims Nationwide Get Justice for Injuries Caused by Dangerous Products
Lattof & Lattof Attorneys fight for the rights of injured consumers across the United States, giving step-by-step legal counsel to help victims and their families recover. From your first consultation to the conclusion of your case, we offer straightforward advice that addresses your most pressing needs, and we do not collect any payment from you until your case is won. Contact us today to speak with an attorney and to schedule your free consultation.
What Is Product Liability?
When a person is hurt by a defective product, he or she has the right to file what is called a product liability lawsuit. Product liability is a legal term stating that a manufacturer has a duty to provide safe items to consumers. If a product causes injury, the manufacturer can be held accountable for any losses the product causes and may be liable for additional compensation for pain and suffering.
In Alabama, product liability claims can be based upon:
- Strict liability. Under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer’s Liability Doctrine (AEMLD), consumers can get injury compensation for products that have manufacturing defects, design defects, or marketing defects (such as improper instructions or failure to warn consumers of danger). If a manufacturer created a defective product that was unreasonably dangerous, even if those the defects were unintentional, the victim can recover costs of the injury.
- Negligence. In order to get compensation in these cases, a victim must be able to show that the manufacturer failed in its duty to provide a safe product, and that failure contributed to the injury or death.
- Breach of warranty. Injury victims can seek compensation if a product failed to uphold the terms of its warranty.
- Misrepresentation. Manufacturers can be sued if they suppressed vital information or fraudulently misrepresented their product in a way that led to injury.
While nearly any product can be the subject of a product liability claim, some of the most common consumer items include:
- Automotive parts or entire vehicles
- Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or vape pens
- Children’s toys, car seats, or cribs
- Cell phones
- Electrical appliances
What Is a Toxic Tort?
If a victim is poisoned, infected, or injured by exposure to a dangerous substance, he or she may file a special kind of product liability case known as a toxic tort. A toxic tort allows victims to hold someone liable for harm caused by a chemical, mineral, drug, or other substance that led to serious illness or death.
Some of the toxic tort claims our law firm handles include:
- Asbestos. Asbestos was used in a variety of industrial and consumer products before it was discovered to cause cancer. Our attorneys have handled thousands of asbestos cases over the past 40 years, fighting for victims who have suffered mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other life-altering injuries.
- Benzene. This chemical commonly used in manufacturing processes has been designated a human carcinogen, causing some people to suffer a variety of cancers including acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We have helped several victims and their families who were injured by toxic exposure to benzene.
- Roundup. This popular weed killer has recently been linked to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some states have even identified the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a known carcinogen.
No Matter Where You Are, We Can Give You the Counsel You Need to Recover
There are many advantages to filing a claim against the manufacturer of a dangerous product. The company may be forced to pay for the victim’s medical bills and lost wages, compensate family members for the wrongful death of a relative, and even pay punitive damages as punishment for causing harm. In addition, a successful case may include an order from the judge—such as stronger warning labels or steep fines—that prohibit the manufacturer from hurting others in the future.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a dangerous product or toxic substance, we can advise you of your options at no cost to you. Give us a call today at (800) 239-2612 or fill out the quick contact form on this page to begin your free consultation.