Seasoned Products Liability Attorneys in Merrillville, Indiana
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Manufacturers need to be sure that the products they offer have been designed and developed in a safe way for consumers. However, some companies sell defective products and, worse yet, fail to warn consumers about possible dangers. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of one of these defective products, a Merrillville products liability attorney at Schlyer & Associates, P.C. can help. Our knowledge, experience and dedication make a difference for people throughout northwestern Indiana and the Chicago area.
The dangers of defective products
When you purchase a product, you have a reasonable expectation that you and your loved ones will be safe if you use it as intended. However, sometimes companies sell defective or hazardous products to consumers, and serious injuries could result. Poorly made automotive parts, for example, can cause serious auto, motorcycle, truck and aircraft accidents. Malfunctioning work boots, training equipment and other protective gear can result in a variety of workplace injuries.
There are a number of different types of products liability claims, including:
- Defectively manufactured products: Sometimes a product is flawed due to some error in the manufacturing process, such as missing parts or equipment, the presence of poisonous chemicals or some other defect. Manufacturers are responsible for securing their production process to ensure product safety.
- Defectively designed products: Some products have design flaws that make them inherently dangerous to end-users. Examples include tires that have a tendency to blow out at a certain temperature, bike helmets that release upon impact, or sunglasses that fail to protect the eyes from UV rays.
- Failing to provide adequate warnings or instructions: If a product has certain inherent safety hazards, the manufacturer must warn consumers through proper labeling. Pharmaceutical companies, for example, must comply with strict regulations for warning consumers about the potential for unsafe use of their products.
- Failing to recall products: Sometimes companies distribute products to the public that they later find out are dangerous. In these situations, they are supposed to issue a public warning or recall, but they often fail to publicize these alerts appropriately. These companies may be liable for injuries under a failure to recall claim.
Holding companies accountable for dangerous products
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a defective product, you may be able to pursue a products liability claim. In Indiana, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years after the incident occurs or the symptoms begin showing. To make sure you protect your rights to recover monetary damages after an injury, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so that you can begin exploring your options.
If you have medical concerns stemming from a defective product, our onsite physician can guide you in your medical needs and make sure that you are getting appropriate care.
Call on a skilled products liability attorney serving Indiana and Illinois
If you need to take action after a dangerous product injures you or a loved one, call Schlyer & Associates, P.C. today at 219-757-0225 or contact us online. Our office is open Monday through Friday during normal business hours, but we can schedule an after-hours appointment if needed. We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis and offer free initial consultations.