Every year thousands of people are injured in the United States due to defective products. Fortunately, individuals or companies responsible for these injuries are held accountable due to the product liability laws in the United States. Product liability cases are often complex and require an attorney with years of experience handling product defect cases. If you or someone you know has suffered injury from a defective product, don’t hesitate to contact a Seattle product liability lawyer at Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law. Call us today toll free at 877-572-4143.
Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. Other parties that can be held responsible for injuries include: the product manufacturer, the assembler, the wholesaler, and the retail store or other seller of the product that sold the product to the consumer. You can file a claim of product liability even if you weren’t the purchaser of the product.
There is no federal product liability law. Typically, product liability claims are based on state laws, and brought under the theories of negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty or guarantee, or Under the Uniform Commercial Code. In Washington State, we have adopted a more consumer friendly approach to dealing with injuries resulting from defective or dangerous products. This is set out in a statute called the Washington Products Liability Act or the WPLA. RCW 7.72. The WPLA describes the legal set of rules concerning responsibility for the manufacture and/or sale of defective or dangerous products to consumers. It sets out rules that sometimes make it easier for an injured person to recover damages. The attorneys at Wattel & York have expertise in Washington State consumer protection laws and can help you receive the compensation you deserve for injuries or damage a defective product has caused you. Call 877-572-4143 for a free legal consultaion today.
Under any theory of liability where an injury has occurred, a plaintiff in a product liability case must prove that the product that caused injury was defective in order to win a products liability case. Often times proving liability can be difficult which is why it’s important to choose an experienced Seattle product defect attorney at Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to handle your case. There are three types of defects that might cause injury and may contribute to manufacturer or supplier liability:
- Design defects – present in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured, in that a flaw in the intended design of the product is inherently unsafe.
- Manufacturing defects – defects that occur in the course of a product’s manufacture or assembly.
- Marketing defects – defects that are flaws in the way a product is marketed: improper product labels, insufficient instructions, or inadequate safety warnings.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product, you should keep the product and any packaging, instructions, and labels. These items are important in proving your case. Product liability actions are often quite complex and expensive. Establishing legal fault requires the assistance of an attorney. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a defective or dangerous product, contact Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law. At Wattel & York, we are experienced in representing the victims of defective or dangerous products and in helping victims recover compensation for their injuries. Please call a Seattle product liability attorney at Wattel & York today at 877-572-4143. We serve Seattle, Tacoma, and all of Washington.