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Grand Rapids Product Liability Attorney

Holland product liability injury lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyer for Victims of Defective Product Accidents in Kent County and West Michigan

As a consumer, you rely on products every day to meet basic needs, accomplish important tasks, and provide entertainment. In most cases, you likely operate under the belief that products will perform safely and as expected. However, sometimes products are defective, and when they fail, break, or malfunction, they can cause accidents resulting in serious injuries and death.

If you or your family member is a victim of an accident due to a defective product, Attorney John D. Tallman can help you establish liability and pursue a lawsuit seeking full compensation for your injuries and other damages. We have served personal injury and wrongful death clients in Kent County and the surrounding areas for almost 40 years, and we are committed to seeing your case through from beginning to end. Our goal is to get you the recovery you need, and we only require payment if we are able to do so.

Types of Product Liability Accidents

When a defective product injures or kills someone, several factors may contribute to the liability of one or more parties. These factors include:

  • Design defects: A design defect is a fundamental flaw in the product's design or manufacturing and may result in all units of the product posing an injury risk.
  • Manufacturing defects: A manufacturing defect occurs during the production process and results in an unsafe unit at the time of sale that does not meet the typical standards of the product.
  • Insufficient product warnings: Liability may arise when a manufacturer fails to provide consumers with clear warnings of potential risks of use, as mandated by a state or federal law.
  • Breach of warranty: This occurs when a product comes with an express or implied warranty and it malfunctions or fails during the warranty period, resulting in injury or death.

Product liability cases can involve all manner of products, including food and beverages, cleaning products, children's toys, household appliances, power tools, vehicle parts, and more. In any situation in which you were injured by a product while using it as intended, it is a good idea to hire an attorney who can help you determine whether you have a case for a lawsuit.

Pursuing Compensation in a Grand Rapids Defective Product Case

In a product liability case, one of the first things an attorney can help you with is collecting and preserving evidence of your injuries and the product that caused them, as well as records of all of your medical expenses and other damages. Next, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the product's history, including business records that may speak to the negligence of the seller, manufacturer, or designer, which are the three parties most likely to be at fault.

For the best chance of a successful lawsuit, we will likely need to establish one or more of the following:

  • The product was unsafe when you purchased it or when it left the manufacturer.
  • The manufacturer could have reasonably implemented measures to improve the product's safety.
  • You had reason to believe that the product was safe at the time of purchase and/or throughout an express warranty period.
  • You did not alter or misuse the product in a way that would cause it to malfunction.
  • The specific defects identified are known to be able to cause the kinds of injuries you suffered.

Given the high standards of proving liability in a defective products lawsuit, you need an attorney with extensive knowledge of product liability who can present a strong case throughout settlement negotiations or trial litigation, depending on what the situation requires. We have the experience to help you obtain compensation for economic damages including medical bills, property damage, and lost income, as well as non-economic damages for pain and suffering, loss of vital bodily function, and emotional distress. In the case of a fatal accident, we can also help family members pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Contact a West Michigan Product Liability Attorney

If you have been injured by a defective product and another party is at fault, we want to help you get the compensation you need as soon as possible. Contact us at 616-361-8850 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Grand Haven, and throughout Kent County, Muskegon County, Ottawa County, and the Lower Peninsula.

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