Product Liability Lawyer Fairfield County
People in a consumer society should have the right to feel that the ovens, toasters, televisions and other products they buy will work properly and not cause harm. Unfortunately, that’s too often a false assumption. Serious Injuries and even deaths can occur when consumer products are not safe for their intended purpose.
Brickley Law works every day help those who have been injured by defective products. We’ll help you exercise your legal rights, and fight to earn you fair compensation for any injuries you’ve suffered.
To help you better understand the basic contours of this issue, let’s take a closer look at Connecticut product liability laws.
Product Liability Laws in Connecticut Explained
Product liability is a category of law that holds manufacturers, designers and marketers liable for selling dangerous or defective consumer goods. Product liability laws typically cover areas such as negligence, strict liability and warranty breaches, on behalf of both manufacturers and retailers.
Laws and regulations governing product liability tend to vary from state to state, as there is no overarching federal statute that deals with product liability. In Connecticut, plaintiffs must file suit within three years from the time that any injury, death or damages occurred from a faulty product.
This time span may be extended under Connecticut’s “Discovery Rule” in some cases. Under this rule, elapsed time should be measured from when an injured party could have been reasonably expected to have known about the product’s defective nature.
Connecticut allows victims of negligent products to pursue legal remedies even if they are partially responsible for their own injuries. Compensation, however, will be adjusted downward in such cases, in proportion to the level of responsibility on the part of the plaintiff.
Under Connecticut law, plaintiffs may choose to pursue litigation based on negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty. Design or manfacturing defects and/or failure to accurately warn the public of the risks of defective products can serve as the basis of product liability claims.
Defendants will often contest such claims by arguing that the harm caused to the plaintiff was the result of a modification made to the original product. Defendants may also argue that victims voluntarily assumed the risk of using consumer products in a defective condition.
Common Types of Defective Products
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are roughly 30 million injuries occurring annually as the result of defective consumer products. These injuries can occur in virtually any product, but some product categories tend to cause more injuries and deaths.
These product categories include:
- Children’s toys.Choking hazards, lead-based paint and other defects represent a signifcant source of product-related injuries and deaths.
- Automobile parts.Faulty brakes, engine components and other parts frequently lead to national vehicle recalls.
- Pharmaceuticals. Problems occurring during the production phase can lead to pharmaceuticals with inaccurate contents or dosing.
- Electronic equipment.Faulty engineering or components can lead to fires and electrical shocks.
- Safety products. Consumers items that we rely upon for our health and well-being, such as smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, are a significant source of injury.
Unsafe consumer goods pose a serious risk to the community’s safety. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective product, it’s essential that you are cognizant of the next steps to take.
Finding the Right Connecticut Product Liability Attorney
A defective product can leave you with lifelong physical injuries and serious financial issues to overcome. In the most serious cases, it can even result in the death of someone close to you.
Fortunately, the law provides protection for those who have suffered from the negligence of a product designer, manufacturer or marketer. It’s important, however, to find a legal advocate who specializes in product liability law. These cases are often quite complex, so it’s imperative to have an attorney with experience on your side.
Brickley Law has a long record of fighting on behalf of those injured by defective products. If you live in Connecticut and you or someone you love has been hurt by a faulty product, we urge you to call Brickley Law today for a free consultation.
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