Manchester Products Liability Lawyers

We Fight for You When You are Harmed by a Defective Product

As a consumer in Manchester, Tennessee, you have a basic expectation that the products you buy will serve you in some way. What you would never expect, though, is for a product to cause you harm. Unfortunately, defective and dangerous products make their way into consumers’ homes every year in Tennessee and throughout the U.S. If you have been harmed by a dangerous product, our skilled product liability lawyers are here to advocate for you.

Products Liability: An Overview

Products liability is a legal theory that holds that a party can be held legally responsible for harm caused to another by their product when the product contains some sort of defect. There are three basic types of defects that are recognized under product liability law :

  • Manufacturing defects. When something goes wrong during the manufacturing process, such as contamination of a product, the use of an improper material, etc., and this error leads to a product defect, the manufacturer may be liable for any consumer harm that results.

  • Design defects. Unlike a manufacturing defect, a design defect case alleges that the product was inherently defective and dangerous in its design, and that nothing in the manufacturing process can change that defect. An example of a defectively designed product is a vehicle that is so top-heavy, it is at an increased risk of rolling over.

  • Lack of warnings/insufficient labeling defects. Finally, the third type of defect is a lack of warning label or lack of sufficient label on a product. If a product has any risks or instructions for use that are integral to using the product safely, this information must be provided to the consumer. If it is not, and the consumer is harmed as a result, the product manufacturer can be held liable.

Who can be Held Liable in Products Liability Action?

While it is most often the manufacturer of a defective product against whom a product liability suit is brought, there are other parties along the distribution chain that can be held liable, as well. For example, if a third-party company is responsible for manufacturing, they could be held liable for any errors made. The designer of the product may also be held liable, as could anyone along the distribution chain, such as a shipper who damages the cargo, a store that knowingly sells a defective product, and others.

Do I Have a Product Liability Case?

If you have been harmed while using a product, you may have a product liability case. In order to bring forth a successful case, you will need to prove that:

  • You were using the product as intended;

  • That the product had a defect (manufacturing, design, or labeling); and

  • That your injuries would not have occurred but for your (proper) use of the product.

There are thousands of products that are recalled every year for dangerous design or manufacturing, ranging from baby furniture to vehicles to household products and more. If you think you have a product liability case, call our legal team today.

Reach the Offices of Burch & Lockhart Now

You have the right to compensation when you have been seriously injured by a defective and dangerous product. For a free case evaluation where our talented Tennessee products liability lawyers can explain your options, please call us today or send us a message now.