Salem, Oregon Lawyers Defending Client's Rights Against Dangerous And Defective Products
With offices in Salem, attorneys at Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC provide effective representation to Oregon consumers who have been harmed by dangerous and defective products. Our products liability lawyers have consistently obtained excellent results for those who have been injured or lost a loved one as the result of a defective product.
Design, Manufacturing & Repair Defects
Due to design flaws or manufacturing errors, some products are dangerously defective and should never have entered the marketplace. Each year, unsafe products seriously injure many people; and tragically, products with design flaws or manufacturing defects also cause a significant number of wrongful deaths. If a product caused your personal injury, you may be entitled to recover damages from the manufacturer, distributor, seller, or installer. If your specific injury was the result of a negligent repair on the product, you may be entitled to recover damages from the person or company that performed the repair.
Products liability claims are often classified by cases of design defects and cases of manufacturing defects. In a design defects case, the product has an inherent design flaw that is dangerous to everyone using the product. For example, an SUV may be designed with a center of gravity that is too high, allowing for the potential of a roll over; all vehicles made according to this flawed design are inherently unsafe.
In a manufacturing defects case, the design may be safe, and accordingly, most of the product produced is safe; however, one item or one batch of items is manufactured improperly, causing those particular items to be dangerous. For example when a batch of food is contaminated, only that batch is defective. The remainder of the company's food product is likely fine for consumption.
Third Party Liability
In some cases, defective products contribute to accidents caused by more than one factor. For example, a car accident may occur when a person fails to brake in time to avoid hitting another vehicle. Subsequently, a flaw in the vehicle's braking system may also be discovered. In this situation, the car manufacturer may be responsible for injuries caused by the defect. Similarly, if a mechanic fails to properly repair a vehicle, and the failure contributes to an accident, you may be entitled to recover from the mechanic and/or his repair shop as well as the at-fault driver. We will thoroughly assess the circumstances surrounding your accident, so that you recover from every liable party.
Establishing a Products Liability Claim
If you have been harmed by a product, seek advice from an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible. Due to statutes of limitations in Oregon, you have limited time to file a claim before your rights are lost. In most cases, you only have two years from the time that you discover the injury to file your claim.
Try to save any evidence of what happened, such as what remains of the product that injured you, along with any packaging that came with it. This kind of evidence is important for evaluating your case and making a successful claim for damages.
Contact an experienced defective product attorney in Salem
Our firm has helped many clients recover after being injured by a dangerous product. We are skilled litigators who prioritize thorough investigation and diligent case preparation. If you or a loved one was hurt by a defective product, please contact Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC and allow us to assess your potential claim.