Accidents tend to happen when we least expect them. Some of the most shocking accidents can occur while we are using our own products. We never go out and purchase an item expecting it to cause harm, but unfortunately, products can become hazardous if designed or manufactured poorly. Read on to learn more about product liability lawsuits in Connecticut and what to do if you are injured by a defective product.
Who can be Held Responsible for a Product Liability Lawsuit?
There are three ways you may be able to hold a company accountable for an injury you incurred from one of their products.
- Design defect: There was an inherent flaw in the design which caused the product to become dangerous.
- Manufacturing defect: The design was sound but the manufacturer deviated from the original design plans.
- Failure to warn: The design and manufacturing were safe, but the company failed to provide adequate warnings and labels.
Product liability cases can be difficult. Not only do you have to determine which party is responsible for the issue with the product, you also have to prove that some sort of negligence occurred. In order to do this, you will need a skilled personal injury attorney. Your attorney will work with an expert in the industry in order to prove negligence occurred. For example, if you believe there was a design defect, your legal team will have to prove that there was a safer, but equally feasible and affordable way to make the same product and maintain its original purpose. One of the ways in which you can help with the process is by keeping the defective product. You may want to throw it away to prevent any further injuries, but it will likely be a key piece of evidence in your case.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to take legal action, it is best to do so as soon as possible. This is because there is a deadline by which you must file. This deadline is also known as a statute of limitations. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury. If you fail to file your claim within this window of time, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
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