While people in the U.S. are fortunate to have access to many different kinds of products, they unfortunately find themselves in need of a product injury lawyer Virginia residents can trust when they are injured by a product they purchased.
In industrialized societies, almost everything we can purchase is designed, produced, and distributed by someone else. Nowadays with genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms, even some of our fresh fruits and meats are “designed”. Our consumer-based economy has made most of us dependent on businesses to produce the products and goods that we need to get by – along with the occasional luxury item that is more for pleasure than necessity. Our consumer-based economy though, is driven not so much by our need for things as it is to make profits for business owners. The United States government views this opportunity to try to make a profit, as a fair tradeoff to have a duty to the consumer to do no harm.
The laws to protect consumers say that if a company breaches their duty to provide safe products to consumers, they may be required to compensate the victim of their defective product. This is typically filed as a product liability claim which may be settled outside of court or it may require the victim to seek compensation through a lawsuit.
Many people find it helpful to discuss their situation with a lawyer to help them to make more informed decisions about whether or not to try to hold a company liable for their faulty product. For a free case evaluation with a product injury lawyer Virginia community members can rely on, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. Someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Almost anything that is produced for U.S. markets could harm its consumer: toys, children’s clothing, automobiles, bicycles, food, beverages, power tools and equipment, furniture, household appliances, electronics, computers, other technologies, medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs, and other consumer goods, all have the potential for causing an injury if they are not given proper care by the designers, producers and distributors of them.
If you purchase or acquire a product and use it in accordance with its instructions and warning labels, you should not have to worry about harm coming your way. The laws governing product liability vary from state to state. In Virginia, a plaintiff or a plaintiff’s lawyer needs to prove negligence on the part of the designer, manufacturer, assembler, and/or distributor of the faulty or malfunctioning product. Some of the things that need to be proven in order to prove a party’s negligence are:
- That the consumer was using the product for the purpose it was intended and that he
or she did not alter it from its original condition at purchase
- That the product had a defect that foreseeably could cause harm
- That the victim suffered demonstrable damages as a direct result of a defect in the
Proving these things can be difficult without an experienced and licensed lawyer. If you think you are in need of a product injury lawyer Virginia victims and their families can rely on, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C., today.