Defective Products and Product Liability Claims
Claims Arising out of Dangerous and Defective Products.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a product that you believe was dangerously defective, you may have a claim under Washington’s Product Liability law. This can include defective automobile parts, children’s toys, power tools, and a wide variety of consumer and commercial products that are capable of causing serious personal injuries. Product liability claims are what are known as “strict liability” claims, meaning that you do not have to prove negligence in order to prove that the manufacturer (or in some cases, the seller) of the product is liable for your injuries and damages. Such claims are codified by statute in Washington State, and in order to prove a products liability claim in Washington State, a person must establish that the product was not “reasonably safe”. This can be established in several ways, including: (1) the product is not reasonably safe due to a manufacturing defect; (2) the product is not reasonably safe as designed; (3) the product is not reasonably safe in light of the warnings/instructions provided; (4) breach of an express warranty concerning product performance; or (5) breach of an implied warranty concerning product performance.
Pursuing a product liability claim can be complicated and expensive. It is essential to preserve the evidence in the same condition as it was at the time the injury occurred if at all possible so that it can be examined by experts. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to handle a product liability claim promptly in order to ensure that your rights are protected and preserved. If you think you or a loved one may have been injured by a dangerously defective product in Washington State, you should contact an experienced Seattle area personal injury attorney who handles product liability claims. For a free initial consultation and case evaluation, please contact me.