When consumers buy products, it is expected that the items have been made with enough care to be safe to use without injury. However, sometimes there are errors in the way a product is made that can cause serious harm to victims without warning. When a manufacturing defect exists, a relatively mundane, everyday item can become dangerous and lead to severe injuries. The Nashville product liability attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC are committed to advocating for the rights of victims who have been hurt by a defective product. Pursuing this type of claim may involve intensive investigation, research, and the help of experts in order to show what caused an injury and how it was caused. Our firm has the experience and dedication necessary to assist consumers harmed by unsafe products in asserting their legal rights. If you have been injured by a dangerous product, contact our office to find out more about your legal options.Seeking Compensation for a Manufacturing Defect
State and federal statutes divide product liability claims into three categories, which include manufacturing defects, design defects, and failures to warn. Design defects are present when the blueprint of a product is flawed, making every item defective based on its design. By contrast, manufacturing defects are flaws that happen when a product is being assembled, reflecting an assembly error. These types of defects are present in one item or a specific batch of items, making that item or items different from others in the line because they stray from the intended design. Manufacturing defects can occur in all kinds of products, some more dangerous than others. Cars and their parts are particularly susceptible to manufacturing defects that may lead to serious accidents and injuries.
When there is an error in a product that causes harm, the manufacturer generally is strictly liable for the injuries that result. Strict liability means that precautions taken during the manufacturing process are irrelevant when it comes to accountability. A victim injured by a defective product needs to show only that the defect was present when the product left the manufacturer’s control and that it directly caused the harm. For instance, a victim injured in a car accident after defective brakes failed to stop the car in time might have a valid claim based on a product liability theory.
In Tennessee, for personal injury claims based on product liability, a victim has one year from the date of the accident to take legal action before the lawsuit is barred by the statute of limitations. Damages available in these claims may include past and future medical expenses, lost earning capacity or loss of income, and pain and suffering, among other examples.Discuss Your Product Liability Case with a Nashville Attorney
If you or someone you love has been harmed due to an error in the manufacturing process, the Nashville product liability lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC can help you determine your next steps. Our firm handles all types of accident claims for victims and their families, and we also represent people in Franklin, East Nashville, Brentwood, and Green Hills, as well as other areas of Davidson and Williamson Counties. Contact us online or call 615-800-7096 for a free consultation with an injury attorney.