When you purchase and properly use any product, you expect it to be safe and perform exactly as it claims it will. While many products are safe to use, some can actually be dangerous because of manufacturing, marketing, or design defects that cause the consumer to suffer injuries. When this happens, the injured party should not be held responsible for paying for damages.
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective product, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for financial compensation. At De Castroverde Accident Injury Lawyers, our defective product attorneys in Las Vegas can help you pursue the financial compensation you need.
We can work within the statute of limitations and help you determine who should be held liable for your injuries. When you are ready for legal assistance, our team can help you through every step of the process as you recover from your injuries and get back to your preferred way of life.
What Constitutes a Defective Product in Las Vegas?
Nevada’s strict liability law requires that all product manufacturers design their products safely and effectively. Strict liability means that you do not need to prove the manufacturer was negligent if a defective product injured you. If a product could cause harmful side effects or injuries, the marketing of the product must clearly illustrate all damages that could occur as a result of the product.
Examples of Defective Products
The three main types of defects are design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Each of these defects can be extremely dangerous to the consumer, as they unknowingly expose themselves to something harmful. Unfortunately, nearly any product you purchase could be defective for one of these three reasons.
Some products are designed from the start with a defect that is harmful to the person purchasing them. Other products may be designed safely but manufactured incorrectly, making them dangerous. Finally, a company may present a product without disclosing any known adverse side effects. If a consumer suffers injuries, the company could face a product liability lawsuit.
Examples of defective products include:
- Medications with serious or deadly side effects that were not presented to the public before consumption
- An automobile manufacturer making a car with brakes that don’t respond properly, despite other vehicles of the same make and model showing no such issue
- Toys that present choking hazards to children or contain a high level of toxic material
- A car that erupts into flames in a crash due to the design of the car and the location of the engine and gas tank
How Can a Defective Product Lawyer in Las Vegas Help?
A lawyer’s knowledge of Nevada law, as well as how to determine liability in a defective product lawsuit, can be invaluable. When a defective product injures you, many factors will determine how your lawsuit should be filed and how you should be compensated.
For instance, if you suffer serious medication side effects that were not advertised, then you are eligible to file a lawsuit. However, if other parties reported the side effects, there may already be a mass tort or class action lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of the medication. If this is the case, rather than having to file your lawsuit individually, you may be able to opt into a lawsuit that is further along in the process.
We Can Help You Determine the Best Way to File Your Case
At De Castroverde Accident and Injury Lawyers, we are diligent with every client’s case. We can research the product that has caused your injuries and determine the best way to file your case. With Nevada being a strict liability state, we do not need to prove negligence is the reason for your injuries. We only need to prove that the manufacturer of the product produced it with either a design, manufacturing, or marketing defect.
We Can Determine the Value of Your Case
After we have proven that your injuries were caused by a manufacturer’s defective product, we can help determine the compensation you should receive for your injuries.
Damages that can be pursued include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost future earnings
Medical bills include everything from hospital x-rays to therapy resulting from your encounter with the defective product. Some ailments may take time to reveal themselves, such as certain types of cancer or other injuries that slowly develop. Your Las Vegas attorney can work with you to prove these injuries were due to your exposure to the defective product.
Pain and suffering encompass a lot. You can seek this damage if:
- Your quality of life has decreased
- You developed a physical disfigurement or impairment
- You are in constant physical pain
- You are suffering from depression
Depending on the nature of your injuries and the product that caused them, you could be entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars or potentially even millions. The factors that would determine how much you receive in compensation include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The impact on your life
- Any medical bills that you needed to pay for
- Your ability to recover from your injuries and return to your life similar to how it was before
Product Liability Lawsuit Settlements
Some product liability lawsuits can produce very fruitful settlements. In extreme cases where punitive damages are taken into account, the total compensation recovered can be hundreds of millions of dollars. Normally when this happens, a major corporation that sells a commonly used product is at the center of the lawsuit.
Recent Product Liability Lawsuit Examples
In 2020, Johnson Johnson was ordered to pay $750 million in punitive damages because it was determined that their baby powder had caused users to suffer mesothelioma. The total compensation was eventually reduced to $186.5 million and divided amongst four parties who had been affected by the asbestos-tainted powder.
The year prior, another large company suffered a similarly expensive settlement. Bayer, the company that produces Roundup (a common weed killer) was forced to pay $86.7 million to a couple who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma using the product.
In both of these instances, the party who presented the lawsuit was responsible for proving that the product they were using had caused the cancer they were suffering from. Your attorney will have the same responsibility when you present your product liability lawsuit.
Contact De Castroverde Accident Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured by a defective product, you deserve to know what your options are moving forward. Taking on a large corporation may feel like a daunting task, but if their product harmed you, then they should be held accountable for the damages you suffered.
At De Castroverde Accident Injury Lawyers, our team is well-equipped to take on your case, help you file a lawsuit, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Let us work on your behalf while you rest and recover from your injuries.
Our clients come first, which is why we offer free consultations and work on contingency, which means you don’t pay unless we win. To see how our Las Vegas defective product lawyer can help you, contact De Castroverde Accident Injury Lawyers today.