Alabama Product Liability Lawyers
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When Alabama consumers buy a product, they assume the product will be safe for use. Unfortunately, some products are dangerous and cause injury, despite following the manufacturer’s instructions. A person who suffered an injury caused by a defective or unreasonably dangerous product may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit.
Common examples of defective products include:
- Auto parts
- Baby products
- Power tools
- Cleaning products
If you have been injured by a defective or dangerous product, our Alabama personal injury attorneys at Hare Wynn are not afraid to protect your rights and fight for your entitled damages against powerful corporations, manufacturers, designers, and distributors of unsafe or faulty products. With more than 125 years of combined legal experience, we understand what it takes to help our clients recover the financial compensation they deserve.
Proving Fault in Product Liability Cases
In Alabama, theories of liability include claims based on strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty through Alabama extended manufacturer’s liability doctrine (AEMLD). According to the doctrine, a plaintiff must prove that the product was obtained without significant alteration and they suffered injury or property damage because of a defective or unreasonably dangerous product. The court will consider whether or not the product meets the reasonable expectations of an ordinary consumer with regard to safety.
A product may be considered defective under the following circumstances:
- Design defect – A product can be defective or unreasonably dangerous due to the design. A plaintiff will need to demonstrate that the defective design was negligent in some manner, unless he or she can show that there was an alternative design that would have been safer.
- Manufacturing defect – By contrast, a manufacturing defect occurs when there is some error in the manufacturing process that causes the defect in the product. In such cases, a plaintiff doesn’t have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent or knew—or should have known—about the manufacturing error.
- Warning and instruction defect – Also known as a “marketing defect”, this type of error involves inaccurate or inadequate labeling or instructions, or a failure to warn the consumer about the known dangers of the product. A plaintiff must show that they would have read and heeded the warning had it been adequately provided.
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Product liability lawsuits are complex and require knowledgeable legal services. Our Alabama product liability attorneys can provide a free legal consultation and advise you on all of your available legal options.
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