Macomb Law Group, Product Liability Attorneys in Metro Detroit
When the things you buy don’t live up to expectations, it can sometimes be dangerous, or even fatal. Product defects can result in serious injuries, life-long disability, and substantial property damage. Products liability law can cover anything from mistakes in packaging to flaws in the item’s design. Whenever an item you buy causes significant injury or harm, you may have a product defects lawsuit.
Protecting Consumers When Products Fail
The Michigan Product Liability Act gives everyday consumers a way to recover for a manufacturer or seller’s negligence. It applies when a product is shipped or sold in an unreasonably dangerous condition, and a safer alternative was practically and technically available. If you have been seriously injured by a product defect, Macomb Law Group’s products liability attorneys will help you prove what the defect was and how it caused your injuries. We have experience with a variety of product defects and know how to develop the proof required to get the compensation you need.
Choosing the Right Defendants in your Product Defects Lawsuit
Before you file your product defects lawsuit, you need to be sure you sue the right people. Manufacturers, distributors, and sellers can all be held responsible in a products liability case. As the market has become more complicated, tracking down the one responsible for your injury has gotten increasingly complex. Outsourced labor or parts at the corporate level can further complicate the issue. We will help you follow the product liability back to their source, choosing the right defendants for your product defects lawsuit.
Manufacture, Design, or Warning? Picking Your Products Liability Theory
There are three theories of Michigan products liability:
- Design defects – where a product is manufactured as intended, but there is a dangerous flaw in the design.
- Manufacturing defects – where an item is not built according to specifications for the product.
- Failure to warn – where a product has some innate risk that cannot be eliminated, but the manufacturer fails to let users know about the danger.
Knowing which theory (or theories) apply to your products defect case can be difficult. The arguments often overlap. Sometimes there is no way to know whether the harmful object was manufactured as intended until the details are uncovered as part of the lawsuit itself. At Macomb Law Group we will help you tease out the different legal theories, identifying the best arguments to bring you the relief you need.
Covering Damages Caused by Defective Products
Product liability lawsuits cover a wide variety of different cases. That means there could be a broad scope of damages. Often, you can be compensated for:
- Medical expenses owed to doctors, hospitals or therapists
- Medications, medical equipment, and accessibility tools like hand rails and ramps
- Past lost wages and future disability
- Replacement services and attendant care
- Insurance deductibles and copays
- Property damage caused by the defective product
- Loss of support or companionship awards to spouses and dependents
- Pain and suffering
As it stands, state law limits the amount of non-economic damages (money received for harm that doesn’t come with a receipt, including pain and suffering). While the cap is higher for fatal accidents and those causing permanent harm, they can still limit your recovery. We will review your case with you, help you define your injuries, and explain how these limits will affect your recovery.
Experienced Product Defects Accidents Attorney in Metro Detroit
At Macomb Law Group, our experienced product defects attorneys can help you through a difficult products liability lawsuit. We care about our clients, not just their cases. We will give you the personal attention you need to understand your case, and advise you so you can make informed decisions about your recovery. If you have been seriously injured by a defective product, contact the Macomb Law Group for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.