5 Reasons to Hire a Product Liability Lawyer
If you were injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be eligible for compensation. Product manufacturers and distributors have a legal responsibility to ensure that their products are reasonably safe and won’t cause injury or illness if used as intended. Hiring an experienced, skilled product liability attorney can help your case goes as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.
Contact the product liability legal team at Derek L. Hall, PC. today by calling us or reaching out online for your free consultation.
The Value of an Experienced Negotiator
You should never take a settlement from a company without first consulting an attorney. Corporations that made a defective or dangerous product may try to offer you a quick out-of-court settlement if you agree to drop your legal claim. While many product liability lawsuits do indeed end in settlements that are highly favorable for the injured, it’s essential that you have an experienced negotiator to advocate for you in the settlement process.
Oftentimes, a company will automatically offer you a higher settlement if you are represented by a skilled, well-known product liability law firm. The company knows that going up against an attorney will require time and money, and they will be more incentivized to cut their losses and offer a good settlement early on.
We Won’t Charge You Anything Until We Win Your Case
We understand that many people don’t have the ability to pay upfront for access to high-quality legal representation. At Derek L. Hall, PC, we believe that everyone should have access to our legal services, regardless of their financial situation. Furthermore, we know that the injuries caused by dangerous and defective products can lead to enormous medical bills. Paying for legal representation before you have received compensation is impossible for many people.
For these reasons, we work on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we won’t charge you any fees unless and until we win your case. At that point, we take a percentage of your overall settlement or verdict as our payment. You never pay us directly out of your pocket. In the case that we do not obtain a favorable verdict on your behalf, then you do not owe us any money. This means that you can retain our legal representation with zero financial risk.
A Wealth of Legal Knowledge
An effective product liability claim requires an extensive, nuanced understanding of product liability law. This means knowing the ins and outs of rules, regulations, statutes, and case law. A product liability firm with a true wealth of legal knowledge of the product liability practice area will be able to mount a creative, innovative, and effective strategy to pursue the compensation you deserve.
When choosing a product liability attorney, make sure you select one who has spent significant time practicing in that area. In complex fields like product liability, there is no replacement for time spent practicing. Trial attorney Derek Hall has been practicing for 25 years and has a solid reputation in the legal community. His proven track record has gained him respect from colleagues and adversaries alike.
Representation in Court
While many product liability cases end in settlement and do not go to trial, there are many cases every year that require a trial. This usually occurs when a company is unwilling to fairly compensate an injured product user in a negotiated out-of-court settlement. For this reason, it is critical to hire a product liability attorney who is a skilled trial attorney.
The facts that you must prove in a product liability case depend on the kind of legal strategy you and your attorney decide to employ. In general, however, you must prove that you suffered injuries from a product that was dangerous or defective. You’ll need to provide medical documentation and may need to have a doctor testify about your medical condition. You also may need witnesses, photographs, videos, or other evidence to prove that your injuries directly resulted from the product.
Proving that the product was dangerous or defective can be complicated. The company that made the product may argue that you used it improperly or ignored warning signs. In order to effectively refute such arguments made by the product manufacturer, you need an attorney who has the skills and resources to fully investigate your accident, collect relevant evidence, and put it all together into a compelling legal argument.
We Understand Time Limits
In Mississippi, individuals injured by a dangerous or defective product have three years after the incident to file a lawsuit. If you file a lawsuit after three years have passed, it will almost certainly be dismissed and you will forever lose your opportunity to seek compensation. Your product liability attorney will ensure that your case is ready prior to that time limit to ensure you are eligible to file your lawsuit.
In some product liability cases, it is clear when that three-year countdown clock begins. In others, especially those in which medicine or medication causes illness or injury, it can be more difficult to determine when the clock started ticking. In these situations, the time typically begins to run when you are first diagnosed with a medical condition or when you reasonably should have discovered it.
If you don’t realize until much later that your condition is connected to a dangerous medication, you may still be able to file a product liability lawsuit, but you need to get started as soon as possible.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer Today
At Derek L. Hall, PC, we understand the devastating consequences that a dangerous or defective product can have on an individual’s life. All consumers have a reasonable expectation that the products they are using or consuming are safe. When a company fails to ensure the safety of their products, they should be held accountable for the losses that result.
Call us today or fill out our easy online contact form for a free and confidential consultation.