LaPlace Dangerous Product Attorneys
Fighting to Recover Compensation for LaPlace Victims Injured by Dangerous Products
Some products, such as power tools, grills, and heavy machinery, have inherent, unavoidable risks. Still, you expect to avoid these dangers if you follow the safety instructions and warnings provided by the manufacturer. Design or manufacturing defects can render even seemingly harmless products dangerous. Manufacturers can also fail to adequately warn you about how to safely handle a product or the risks that come with using it. When you suffer injuries due to a defect or failure to warn, you may be entitled to damages.
At Potts Law Firm, we have what it takes to hold the manufacturers of defective products accountable. With over 250 years of combined experience and over $1 billion recovered for our clients, our LaPlace dangerous product lawyers are more than ready to help you navigate the legal process and secure maximum compensation. Delivering the best possible outcome is our top priority, and you will have the full attention and support of our collaborative team from beginning to end. It’s all about our power, and we are ready to put our extensive resources to work for you.
You do not owe any legal fees unless we win, so do not hesitate to contact us online or call (985) 236-0573 to schedule a free initial consultation. Our firm offers same-day appointments and provides services in English and Spanish.
Types of Product Defects Recognized under Louisiana State Law
Though product defects can be encountered throughout the country, each state has its own rules for how these cases are handled. In Louisiana, product liability is a matter of “strict” liability. This is good news for you and other consumers, as it means you are not required to prove negligence to win. So long as a type of product defect recognized under the law existed, and that defect injured you, you may have a case and be able to recover compensation. Our LaPlace dangerous product attorneys are happy to review your situation and advise whether you have a strong claim.
The three types of product defects recognized in Louisiana are:
- Design defects: A product has a design defect if it is unreasonably dangerous despite a mistake-free manufacturing process: The problem is inherent to the product and will consequently exist in all units of the product. A design defect may occur for a variety of reasons, including a lack of safety testing, an absence of safety features the designer should have reasonably chosen to include, or the use of inadequate materials.
- Manufacturing defects: In some cases, the design for a product will be adequate, but shoddy workmanship or manufacturing errors could lead to safety problems in some units. Not all units of a product will be dangerous, but impacted units will generally not function as intended, leading to injury. An improperly assembled machine could overheat and trigger a small explosion, for example, or a vehicle whose assembly was rushed may result in safety features failing to deploy during an accident.
- Failure to provide sufficient warnings or instructions: Manufacturers are required to carefully evaluate their products for dangers that may not be immediately apparent to consumers. When these potential hazards are detected, the manufacturer has a responsibility to warn consumers about them through unambiguous descriptions of known risks and instructions for how to safely handle the product. If the warnings and instructions provided with a product prove to be inadequate to a reasonable person, a manufacturer may become liable for the injuries their product causes.
Keep in mind that to win a product liability case, you generally need to have been using the product responsibly and in the manner intended by the manufacturer. Intoxication, reckless behavior, modifying the product, and deliberately violating the manufacturer’s safety instructions will weaken your claim. If you are concerned you could be found partially responsible for your injuries, our team at Potts Law Firm can review your circumstances and offer honest advice.
Injured by an unreasonably dangerous product? Our team is ready to fight for you, so call (985) 236-0573 or contact us online today.
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You do not have much time to take legal action when you are injured by a dangerous product. In Louisiana, you only have one year from the date you were injured to file a product liability lawsuit. If you were involved in a cut-and-dry accident, such as an incident involving an industrial tool, the date you were injured will not be in dispute, and you must start the legal process within one year. Otherwise, you will be barred from recovering any damages.
But what about situations where you may not immediately realize a product injured you? A product could have dangerous chemicals that trigger injuries many months or even years after you initially use it. When injuries are not immediately apparent, Louisiana’s discovery rule gives you one year from the date you discovered (or reasonably should have discovered) your injuries may be linked to a dangerous product to file a lawsuit.
Unlike some states, Louisiana does not enforce a statute of repose for product liability cases (excluding improvements to real property), meaning your ability to file a lawsuit for one year after discovering a dangerous product-related injury never expires. In other words, you could discover a dangerous product may have injured you decades after using it and still have the opportunity to take legal action.
The deadlines relevant to your case can become even more complex if one or more liable parties are located outside the state of Louisiana. Consequently, to avoid running out of time, you should make every effort to discuss your case with legal professionals as soon as you learn you may have been injured by a dangerous product.
Avandia Aggregate Settlement Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm entered a high seven-figure aggregate settlement on behalf of clients that ingested Avandia and were injured.
Wrongful Death of Employee $6.35 Million
Potts Law Firm served as lead counsel for the family of a man who was killed while on the job due to a product failure. After a short time in litigation, Potts Law Firm was able to settle the case and also received a voluntary worldwide recall of the product; ensuring no one else would suffer injuries or death resulting from the failed product in the future.