Alabama Product Liability Attorneys
Filing a Defective Product Claim or Lawsuit
When product designers, manufacturers, and distributors allow dangerous or defective products into the hands of consumers, innocent people can be severely injured or even killed. If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective product, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, our Alabama product liability lawyers have extensive experience fighting on behalf of injured victims and the families of those wrongfully killed. We have successfully taken on major product manufacturers, corporations, and insurance companies in our pursuit of justice for our clients. With offices in Alexander City and Birmingham, we proudly represent clients throughout the state, offering personalized and aggressive legal representation backed by a long history of success.
On This Page:
- What is a Defective Product?
- Common Types of Defective Products
- Why Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?
There is an important distinction between a product that is defective and one that is simply dangerous. Namely, a dangerous product is not necessarily defective just because it poses some risk to the user. For a product to be considered “defective,” it must contain some flaw that renders it unreasonably and/or inherently unsafe for ordinary, typical use.
There are three main categories of product defects:
- Design Defects: A product with a defective design is one that has been designed in such a way that it is inherently unsafe for normal use. Even when the consumer uses the product as intended, he or she is at an unreasonable risk of foreseeable injury.
- Manufacturing Defects: When products become contaminated or a flaw is introduced during the production phase, they are said to have manufacturing defects. In such cases, the actual design of the product is sound, but the flaw makes it unreasonably unsafe for normal use.
- Labeling/Marketing Defects: A labeling or marketing defect refers to a product that is missing important safety information, instructions, warnings, or other labels. It can also refer to a product that is improperly marketed for off-label or untested use.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, our Alabama defective product lawyers know how to identify types of product defects and, importantly, how to use this information to determine the liable party. We often work with teams of specialists and expert witnesses who help us evaluate how a defective product has contributed to our client’s injuries and then prove this to the judge or jury.
Although any product has the potential to be defective, some are more often the subject of product liability litigation than others.
Common examples of defective products include:
- Automobiles and auto parts, such as seatbelts, airbags, and engine components
- Prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications
- Medical devices, including hip/knee replacements and Alere INRatio blood coagulation monitors
- Guns, ammunition, and firearm-related accessories
- Household cleaning supplies, chemicals, and gas-powered appliances
- Industrial and agricultural tools, chemicals, equipment, and supplies
- Children’s products, such as toys, cribs, car seats, bottles, blankets, and more
- Electronics, including personal computers, commercial equipment, and chargers
- E-cigarettes and vapes, as well as related products
If you were injured or if someone you love was killed in an incident caused by or involving a defective product, Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law can help. We are well-versed in product liability litigation and have the resources to effectively pursue claims against major manufacturers and other liable entities.
Product liability cases tend to be more complex than many other types of personal injury claims. It can be difficult to prove that a defective product was the cause of your injuries; it can even be challenging to prove that a product was defective.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, our Alabama product liability lawyers know what it takes to build powerful and persuasive claims on behalf of our clients. We can help you understand your rights and determine the best available option for your specific situation, whether that’s filing a single-plaintiff claim or taking part in a mass tort or class action.
When you choose Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, you get attentive, personalized representation from start to finish. We will handle all of the legal details so that you can focus on getting the medical care you need to heal and move forward with your life.
Who is liable if I was injured by a defective product?
If you were injured by a defective product, the entity responsible for designing, manufacturing, selling, or distributing the product is likely liable for your damages. Our team at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law knows how to investigate defective product claims to identify the liable party, and we have the resources to bring litigation against these entities.
What types of damages can I recover in a product liability lawsuit?
While the exact damages you may be entitled to receive depend on the specific details of your case, many victims of defective products are able to recover for all past and future medical expenses, lost income or wages, lost earning capacity and future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. Our attorneys can evaluate your claim during a free initial consultation and provide detailed information specific to your case.
How long do I have to file a product liability lawsuit?
In Alabama, there is a two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury cases, including those involving defective products. This means that you have just two years from the date of injury to file a product liability lawsuit.
How much does a product liability lawyer cost?
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we provide our personal injury and product liability services on a contingency fee basis, meaning we collect legal fees via a percentage of your recovery. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses for you, and you only pay legal fees if we recover a settlement or verdict for you. For more information, please contact us.