When a defective product enters the marketplace, it can potentially cause significant harm to a large number of people. If you were harmed by a defective product, you will likely be faced with significant medical expenses, and collecting compensation could be critical. Hiring a product liability attorney in Orem can greatly increase your chances of getting the money you need.
At 1Law, we are dedicated to providing accident victims with the resources they need to get back on their feet after an accident. Contact us today to learn more about your options for recovering compensation through a free case evaluation with a member of our team.
Because of the way most products are mass-produced, it is rare for a single product in a line to be defective. Typically, when one product is flawed, the whole batch produced along with it carries the same defect. In fact, sometimes the entire product line is faulty.
If a defective product has injured you, it is likely that you are not alone. A product liability lawsuit can easily become a class action case with dozens, hundreds, thousands, or, in extreme cases, even millions of plaintiffs.
While you can technically represent yourself in a product liability lawsuit, you likely don’t really want to do so. Those who hire experienced product liability lawyers generally recover substantially greater compensation for their damages than those who attempt to represent themselves.
You should keep in mind that even lawyers tend to hire other lawyers for their own legal issues. Often the defendants in product liability cases are large corporations with high-priced legal teams.
In addition to the challenges that attempting to fight these companies on your own can create, you also might not be in the best position to mount a legal challenge after suffering an injury. Filing a lawsuit can be a very stressful process, and stress slows healing. Focus on your health and let a professional take care of your legal battles.
After getting injured by a defective product, you will likely be eligible to collect a wide array of economic and non-economic damages. The specifics of your case will dictate which specific damages you can recover.
Common economic damages in product liability cases include:
Common non-economic damages in product liability cases include:
In a small percentage of product liability cases, the at-fault party may be forced to pay punitive damages as well. The purpose of punitive damages is not to replace losses suffered by the injury victim. Instead, awarding these damages is meant to punish the liable party for their actions.
Punitive damages are only awarded when the actions of the responsible party are deemed to have been criminally negligent or carried out with wanton disregard for the welfare of others.
Product liability lawyers charge their clients differently from many other types of attorneys. Rather than focusing on how much time they spend working on your case, these attorneys charge their clients based on the results they achieve. Instead of paying your lawyer periodically throughout the course of your case, you will pay a single fee after collecting compensation.
When you hire your attorney, you will agree to pay them a specified percentage of the money you recover for your damages. This system helps ensure that your lawyer will always work for your best interests since more money for you means more money for them. Alternatively, should they fail to get you compensation, your lawyer won’t get paid.
With this contingency fee-based payment structure, all defective product victims can afford to hire an experienced product liability attorney. Since you never pay the lawyer out of your own pocket, your financial standing is not a limiting factor when hiring legal help.
In Utah, the statute of limitations in product liability cases is two years. This is half the time given for most other types of personal injury cases in the state. Failure to file a lawsuit within this timeframe could result in a loss of your right to recover compensation for your injuries.
You also need to be aware that special circumstances could apply to your case, which would further limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In order to ensure that you meet all deadlines and protect your right to collect compensation, it is advisable to hire an experienced product liability attorney as soon as possible after you suffer an injury.
At the Orem 1Law office, our dedicated team of product liability attorneys has been helping victims of defective products collect fair compensation for years. We know how much an injury from a defective product can alter your life and aim to get you the money you need to set things right.
Use our legal chat tool, fill out our online contact form, or give us a call today to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and provide you with recommendations about the best path to take to recover the compensation you deserve.