Don’t let a company’s faulty product define your life.
At Paul Padda Law, our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers are all too aware of the power imbalance between major corporations and the everyday consumer. Despite the fact that you use products every day, you have little power over how products are designed, created, and sold. All you can do is rely on advertisements to be honest and purchase from brands you trust. No matter how careful you are, you can be taken advantage of by these sizeable national and international corporations’ carelessness or frugality. You may purchase products you reasonably assume are safe, only to be injured. Or worse yet, your spouse or child could be seriously harmed or killed by a defective product.
When you and your family have been harmed by a defective and dangerous product that should not have been available, to begin with, contact a product liability lawyer at Paul Padda Law. We understand you are dealing with too much right now, on top of experience a wide range of emotions. We are here to shoulder this burden and fight for your rights. Contact us at (702) 366-1888 or use the online form to schedule a free consultation.
Three Types of Defects
When a product is defective, it falls into one or more certain categories. It has a design defect, a manufacturing defect, and/or a warning defect. Just one of these can make an item dangerous and cause harm, providing you with a legal claim. However, a product could also be defective in more than one way. This does not make a manufacturer more liable for your injuries, though it may provide you and your product liability attorney additional avenues to prove their liability.
- Design defects are those that are inherent to the product and affect each unit manufactured. Every unit manufactured is unreasonably dangerous because of its specific and intended design. If you allege that a product is defectively designed, you may need to show that a safer design could have been utilized by the manufacturer. An example of a defectively designed product is an airbag that unnecessarily deploys without an impact.
- Manufacturing defects are issues that arise when a product is not created as it should be. There is a difference between the final item and the product’s intended design. Manufacturing defects can occur at any stage of the product’s construction and may impact a few units or millions. An example of a manufacturing defect is a child’s bike assembled without a bolt that is necessary to keep the front wheel attached.
- Warning defects arise when an inherently dangerous product does not come with necessary and appropriate warnings and/or instructions. Without these warnings and/or instructions, the product is dangerous to use, and there is a significant risk of injury. An example of a common warning defect is a prescription drug that does not list all of the potential side effects.
If you believe you were injured by a product that had a design, manufacturing, or warning defect, do not hesitate to contact a defective product lawyer to discuss your rights and options. Depending on the circumstances, you may have the right to pursue compensation.
Common Defective Products
Any product can be defective. However, certain products are more likely to be defectively designed or made and therefore, dangerous. At Paul Padda Law, we have significant experience handling product liability cases related to:
- Defective Car Parts, such as seat belts, air bags, brakes, tires, steering components, fuel systems, and software.
- Defective Medical Equipment, including certain mesh implants, dialysis machines, heart valves, pain pumps, hip and knee replacements, and hernia patches
- Dangerous Drugs, including certain birth control pills and anti-psychotics.
- Defective Household Products, such as electric blankets or heaters, power tools, yard equipment, appliances, fire or smoke detectors, cleaning products, and personal grooming tools.
- Defective Children’s Products, including toys with lead paint, choking hazards, and child safety seats.
- Contaminated Food, including produce or pre-packaged food containing E. coli and Salmonella.
- Dangerous E-Cigarettes, such as those containing lithium-ion batteries that may explode.
If any of these or another type of product caused you harm and you believe it was defective, contact a defective product attorney. These are often complex cases, and it is best to obtain an experienced and objective opinion as soon as possible.
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Nevada Product Liability Law
In general, product liability is the law through which consumers hold product manufacturers responsible for injuries caused by defective and dangerous products. Large corporations design, manufacture, and sell millions of products each year. Unfortunately, many of the products that hit the market are not as safe as they could be due to the corporation’s carelessness, intentional disregard for safety, or inadequate supervision during the design and manufacturing process. When a defective product is the reason someone gets hurt or killed, the law provides the victims of defective products and their families an avenue to collect compensation.
Under Nevada law, there are a number of theories of liability under which you can sue a manufacturer:
Under a theory of negligence, you allege a manufacturer was legally required to uphold a certain standard and when designed or manufacturing the relevant product, violated that standard. When you sue a manufacturer based on negligence, you claim they did something wrong, and their wrongdoing is what caused the accident and your injuries. During a product liability negligence case, your attorney may seek to prove that the manufacturer did not act reasonably.
Under a strict product liability claim, you do not have to prove the manufacturer did anything wrong or acted unreasonably. Instead, you must prove that the manufacturer created the product, you purchased the product and used it in a foreseeable way, and you were hurt by the product. Because the manufacturer is responsible for the product, they are strictly liable for the injuries caused by that defective product.
Breach of Warranty
A warranty is a promise about a product, and it may be express or implied. An express warranty may be a guarantee, printed on the package, that the product will work a certain way. An implied warranty is one that can be derived from various aspects of the product and its marketing, such as you can assume that any food ordered at a restaurant is edible. If the product was defective in a way that violated an express or implied warranty, contact an attorney about filing a product liability lawsuit.
A manufacturer can also be responsible for injuries its product causes if they knowingly committed fraud in regard to the product. If the manufacturer was aware of a defect and made misrepresentations or lied about the product’s state and safety, then you may utilize the theory of fraud to hold the manufacturer liable in court.
Product Liability Claim Compensation
If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, it is best to speak with an experienced and skilled product liability lawyer. An attorney will investigate the accident, document your injuries, and explain how to value your claim. You may pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including future medical bills for on-going care, assistive devices, and physical therapy
- Lost income
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Reduced earning capacity, if you cannot return to your previous employment
- Occupational or vocational therapy, when you must look for a new line of work
- Loss of normal functioning
- Reduced quality of life
Every defective product case is unique. The injuries you suffer and the collateral consequences will be your own. At Paul Padda Law, our product liability attorneys understand that it is essential to get to know you and learn how your injuries have impacted your life to put a fair and adequate value on your claim. We will work with you, your physicians, and experts to determine the full extent of your economic and non-economic injuries. Then, we will utilize our knowledge and resources to prove your injuries in court and fight for the maximum compensation possible for you and your family.
Product Liability Wrongful Death Claims
Defective products can be so dangerous as to cause fatal accidents. If you lost a spouse, parent, child, or other relative in a defective product accident, call Paul Padda Law immediately. If there is evidence that the manufacturer or another party is responsible for the dangerous product and its effects, then we will guide you through filing a Nevada wrongful death claim.
We understand that a lawsuit or insurance claim will not bring back your loved one. However, the costs after an unexpected death add up, and you do not deserve to shoulder these expenses alone. Your family’s savings should not be wiped up because of a major corporation’s negligence. Instead, let us place responsibility where it belongs and fight for the compensation you and your family need to move forward.
A defective product lawyer will explain how to pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income
- Survivors’ pain and suffering
- Loss of love, support, companionship, and guidance
- Loss of household services
- Loss of consortium, which encompasses the intimate relationship between spouses
Why You Need a Product Liability Lawyer
If you were injured by a defective and dangerous product, you might think you have a straightforward case. Since you are an honest individual, you assume the company will take responsibility for its product and offer you the compensation you deserve. After all, the company you are up against is likely sizeable, profitable, and covered by an extensive insurance policy. It hardly hurts the company to write a check.
However, product liability cases are rarely simple or resolved quickly. Companies are often extremely hesitant to admit wrongdoing or taking any action that could make them look at fault. They would much rather blame you for not using the product correctly or some other factor beyond their control. When you initially make a claim against the company, you should expect pushback – not a check.
The potentially contentious and complicated situation is why you should work with a defective product attorney as soon as possible. By having a seasoned law firm represent you, you show the company you are serious about pursuing compensation. You are immediately on a more level playing field with the company, its experienced legal team, and their insurer.
Call Paul Padda Law Today
By hiring an attorney from Paul Padda Law, you gain the knowledge, experience, skills, and resources you need to move forward with a product liability case and to increase your chance of obtaining a fair settlement or jury award. We are not afraid to go up against large corporations on your behalf, and from day one will be focused on securing what you need to recover. We are ready to fight hard for you.
To discuss your situation and learn about your rights, call us at (702) 366-1888 or use our online form to request a free consultation. We also handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis and won’t charge you a penny until we win on your behalf.