Anyone who has interaction with consumers – manufacturers, distributors and retailers – has a duty and a responsibility to make sure that any product they make or sell is safe, if used as intended. If these companies and business provide or sell unsafe products, people get hurt. In the United States, defective products injure upwards of 25 million people each year.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a dangerous or unsafe product, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. understand the complexity of these cases, and they possess the knowledge and courage to aggressively represent you. The initial consult is free of charge, and we do not get paid unless you win.
Types of Product Liability Claims in Oregon
Kroll & Johnson, P.C. can help you and your family recover compensation for injuries caused by defective or unsafe products. Almost any product can be the cause of an unfortunate injury or an untimely death. Past product liability cases have involved:
- Sporting equipment
- Automobile equipment
- Children’s toys
- Household or cleaning products
- Industrial products
Two product areas in particular that consumers should be aware of are
Maximize Your Compensation With The Help Of Our Portland Product Liability Lawyers
If a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer provides an unsafe product, Oregon and Federal laws allow consumers to hold these companies liable. These companies have an interest in settling your claim quickly, in order to avoid further expense or negative publicity. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous product, it is not in your best interest to settle your case until you have spoken to an Oregon products liability attorney. Only by doing a thorough investigation can we begin to approach a fair settlement. We need to fully understand the extent of your injuries, and we must also determine the appropriate product liability claim to bring on your behalf.
Product liability claims generally fall into three categories:
- Manufacturing Defects – These are problems with the product’s production, even if the design of the product is acceptable. For example, the product might contain a sharp, or jagged edge, when the design called for a smooth or rounded edge.
- Design Defects – If the product is manufactured correctly, but it still hazardous when used as intended, then this is a design defect. For example, an oven might catch fire when its temperature reaches 350 degrees, or a saw blade might splinter when cutting through wood.
- Instruction or Warning Defects – If a product is designed and manufactured appropriately, but contains insufficient or unclear instructions as to proper safe use, this can be a defect. For example, a lawn mower manual could fail to warn the users about a prominent sharp edge, or the manual could lack instructions about proper safe use.
Winning Your Oregon Product Liability Case
To prevail in a product liability lawsuit, you must prove several things:
- That you were using the product properly; and
- That the defect caused your injury.
If you have been injured in a product liability case, your compensation can include payment for:
- Physical debilitation or handicap
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Cosmetic disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages (and in the case of permanent disability, future lost wages)
- Past, present, and potentially future medical bills
If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed by a defective product, call the products liability attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. today, at (971) 205-3266. It’s not just about your case – your lawsuit could help protect other families and individuals down the road. When people identify a dangerous product defect, one of the most important things to do is make sure that no further lives are damaged from its use.