For a variety of reasons, companies want to ensure that their products are safe for consumers to use. But, sometimes, things go wrong. When a product is faulty, defective, or negligence is involved, consumers can become seriously injured. If this happens, who will be held responsible? What steps do you take in the event of an injury? Read on to learn more about product liability lawsuits in Maryland.
What do I do if I am Injured by a Product?
In the event that you are injured by a product, it is important that you do not throw the product away. The product will serve as a key piece of evidence in your case. This is because a large part of a product liability case involves proving negligence occurred. In fact, you and your attorney will likely need to work with industry specialists in order to provide this proof.
If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to file a claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury case is three years from the date of the accident. So, if you miss this deadline, you may lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To begin the legal process, you should reach out to a Maryland personal injury attorney right away.
Burden of Proof & Holding a Party Responsible
There are a few ways to hold a party responsible for a product liability lawsuit.
Design Defects: This occurs when the designer of the product fails to take safety into account when creating design plans. If this happens, and results in an injury, your legal team will be responsible for proving that there was a safer, but equally feasible and economical way to create the same product.
Manufacturer Defects: This occurs when a design is safe, but the manufacturer deviates from the original blueprints. In this case, your legal team will need to prove that the manufacturer did not follow the original blueprints, resulting in an unsafe product.
Failure to warn: A product may be designed and manufactured safely, but if it does not have the proper warnings and instructions, serious injury can occur. If a company does not provide adequate warnings, resulting in injury, they may be held liable.
It can be difficult to prove negligence occurred, so you will need a skilled personal injury attorney on your side.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED MARYLAND FIRM
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.