As consumers, we trust that the products we buy will work as advertised. We believe they have been thoroughly tested and found to be safe. But the truth is that unsafe and dangerous products sometimes make it into your home. These products can cause serious injuries, illnesses, and even death.
For over 25 years, our skilled Jackson products liability attorneys at Derek L. Hall, PC have helped people just like you. We hold manufacturers, retailers, and other entities responsible for the defective products they make or sell. We have extensive experience handling claims on behalf of our Mississippi clients. We are ready to put our skills to work for you.
Our consultations are 100% free and confidential. We won’t charge you anything until we win your case. Contact us today by phone or online to set up your free case evaluation.
What Is a Products Liability Lawsuit?
When a faulty or defective product causes injury or death, Mississippi’s laws and regulations establish which parties can be held accountable:
- Parties in the retail chain can be held accountable for creating or selling a product that is found to be dangerous or defective.
- The manufacturer of component parts, an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, and even the retailer can be held liable.
- In many defective product claims, all parties that were involved in the chain of distribution may be responsible for injuries.
In Mississippi, products liability laws allow people to bring liability claims based on these factors:
- Negligence – A company or manufacturer has failed to exercise what would be considered a reasonable standard of care in the manufacturing, designing, or marketing process of the product.
- Strict Liability – In the most common type of liability claim, a manufacturer might be held liable for a defective product. This is true even if it cannot be proven the manufacturer was somehow negligent in making the product. The wrongful act happens when the defective product is released and sold.
- Breach of Warranty – The maker or seller guarantees that the product you buy will be of reasonable quality and reliability, and that it will perform safely and as expected when used for its proper purpose.
Products liability lawsuits generally fall into three types of claims:
- Manufacturing Defects – A claim exists when a manufactured product causes an injury. The defect can be caused by production error or mistake in the fabrication. A manufacturing defect might only affect a few of the products that were made. Not all of the products that were sold or distributed had the flaw.
- Defective Design – This claim goes to a design flaw of the product. All of the products will be inherently dangerous, not just a batch.
- Failure to Warn – This involves a company’s failure to adequately warn of a product’s proper and intended use. A company might be liable for injuries if it failed to inform of a product’s dangers that are not apparently obvious.
How We Help People Hurt by Dangerous Products in Mississippi
Big companies and manufacturers are in the business of staying in business. They do not want to admit that one of its products is unsafe and actually harming consumers. They may spend time and effort in denying their product is harmful or defective. That one person who was hurt may feel as though he or she is fighting alone.
That’s where the legal team at Derek L. Hall, PC can help. We have the experience, the know-how and the resources to fight for you. We aren’t afraid of taking on manufacturers that distribute unsafe and defective products. We take the health and well-being of your family very seriously.
Types of Dangerous Products Often Involved in Injury Claims
We put our trust in the companies that sell products to us. We do not believe they would sell us something that would be dangerous to use. But products do exist that are unsafe for consumers to purchase and use in their homes. In fact, recent news reports indicate some children’s toys have gone on sale at a popular online retailer without being tested for safety.
It is impossible to give a detailed and complete list of every type of product that could potentially pose a safety hazard. These types of products have been involved in injury claims:
- Medical devices
- Children’s toys
- Baby furniture
- Cars and automobile parts
- Building materials
- Power tools
- Household appliances
Injuries People Suffer Due to Dangerous and Defective Products
The injuries people suffer due to a defective product vary wildly. The injuries often depend on the type of product and the nature of the defect. For example, a defective auto part might cause a crash and result in broken bones or a concussion, while a defective children’s toy might cause choking or lead poisoning.
A defective medical device can cause lasting internal injuries and lead to follow-up surgeries. A defective power tool could result in an immediate amputation of a hand or leg. There is simply no end to the amount of damage that faulty products can cause to consumers.
Have you or a loved one been hurt by a product you thought was safe? It is time to speak with an experienced attorney at Derek L. Hall, PC. Take a stand to help yourself and others. Put a lawyer on your side to recover the compensation you deserve.
Calculating Your Damages in a Mississippi Products Liability Suit
If you have been injured by a defective product, you usually file a products liability claim. That might entitle you to recover what are known as compensatory damages – either economic or non-economic.
- Economic damages refer to the money you might be able to recover for things like medical expenses.
- Non-economic damages refer to the money you could be entitled to for non-monetary losses, such as pain and suffering.
Following is a list of the damages you could recover in a products liability case:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property loss or damage
- Pain and suffering
What You Need to Do If You’ve Been Hurt by a Dangerous Product
If you have been seriously injured by a defective product, take these steps to document the incident. They will help you pursue a products liability claim.
- Don’t throw the product out. It might be tempting to throw the defective product in the trash. However, that defective product will be vital evidence. If the product broke or is in pieces, keep the debris. If you still have the original packaging, instruction, and receipt, save those as well.
- Get medical attention. If you’ve been seriously hurt by a defective product, you might have already received medical attention. Get proper treatment from a medical professional after any type of serious injury and follow your doctor’s instructions. Keep records of your treatment and take photos of any injuries. Document everything you can. Keep your medical records and bills together.
- Document what happened. Write down what you were doing when the accident happened and what type of injuries you received. If your accident was a traumatic event, don’t rely on your memory alone. If any witnesses were present during the incident, ask them to make notes about they saw.
- Call an attorney. Call an attorney with Derek L. Hall, PC after the incident. Remember that the company or manufacturer who made or sold the product will have resources to fight your claim. To get the justice and compensation you deserve, you need to have a team with a track record of standing up to reckless manufacturers.
Get More Information About Your Rights as an Injured Consumer
Have you or a family member been hurt by a product you thought was safe? You have the right to hold the manufacturer accountable for the harm you’ve suffered. Contact an experienced products liability lawyer today for help.
The Jackson products liability lawyers at the law office of Derek L. Hall, PC are ready to discuss your situation. We can help you understand your legal options as an injured consumer.
Contact us by phone or reach out to us online. We’ll schedule a free and confidential consultation to talk to you about your case. When you hire us, we’ll represent you on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we won’t charge you anything until we recover compensation for you.