Product manufacturers in the United States are held accountable for damages if the products, devices, or machines cause injuries to customers. In Oklahoma, the state’s product liability laws allow you to file claims against the at-fault company. Entities that could be accountable for your injuries and other losses could be the product manufacturer, wholesaler, product designer, or retail store owner.
However, obtaining compensation in a product liability claim is difficult without the aid of skilled, experienced legal counsel. That’s why Nix Patterson uses its vast resources and knowledge to file product liability lawsuits against organizations that make and distribute dangerous and defective products that injure consumers.
If a defective product has injured you, our Oklahoma product liability lawyers at Nix Patterson may be able to help you receive compensation for your losses. Don’t try to handle your claim alone – contact one of our attorneys today!
When a product is defective or improperly designed, the manufacturer and possibly other companies can be held liable. Product liability law in Oklahoma applies to product manufacturers, designers, and potentially other parties involved in the supply chain between product design and where it was sold. If a defective product injures you or a loved one, you and your attorney are responsible for the burden of proof.
To obtain a favorable settlement or verdict, you must prove that the product defect was caused by negligence by the product designer, manufacturer, marketer, or other responsible organization. You also must prove that your losses were a direct result of a defect in the product. Some examples of a product liability claim could be:
These cases can be difficult to prove, and the company and its insurance company will aggressively contest your claim. But you can rely on our Oklahoma product liability attorneys to take on these tough opponents and fight for the most compensation for your recovery.
When a product injures you, it’s easy to assume that you must have done something wrong. After all, most products undergo testing and safety evaluations before being put on the market. But the reality is that any product can fail and injure consumers. You shouldn’t assume that the injury was your fault when injured by a product.
The most common types of product liability claims involve the following product categories. If any of these products hurt you, speak to a Nix Patterson attorney promptly about a potential claim:
The types of products that can cause injuries and other harm are broad. Still, most Oklahoma product liability lawsuits relate to these types of flaws: manufacturing defects, design defects, and warning defects. Understanding more about these three types of product liability claims can help you understand if you have a valid claim:
Proving a product liability claim means showing that you suffered harm from a defective product. The defendant is often the product manufacturer, but other defendants could be the designer, distributor, supplier, seller, or marketer.
To obtain damages in a product liability lawsuit, you have to prove the following four elements:
Time is critical in a product liability lawsuit, as with any personal injury claim. Injured victims must file their lawsuit within the statute of limitations of two years in Oklahoma. This means you have two years from the date they knew or should have known about the injury to file the lawsuit.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries from a defective product, you should consider filing a lawsuit. But you should never consider doing it alone. Remember that you must obtain medical records and accident reports and handle complicated legal deadlines and paperwork.
You also have to hire expert witnesses to testify about the unsafe product. You’ll be up against experienced defense attorneys from corporations and insurance companies. You always should have a Nix Patterson product liability attorney fighting for your rights.
If your attorney negotiates a settlement or wins a verdict in court for your product liability claim, you could receive the following damages:
If you lose a loved one because of a product defect, the surviving family members could receive the following compensation in a wrongful death claim:
Your attorney is experienced with product liability and personal injury claims. They can review your case and get a rough idea of its worth. However, every case is different, and insurance negotiations and juries vary. So, your attorney cannot guarantee what you would receive in a settlement or verdict.
There are several requirements to file a product liability claim. Your attorney will carefully review your case with you to determine if you have a valid claim:
Also, you could file a product liability lawsuit even if you weren’t using the product when it caused an injury. For instance, if you were a bystander when a defective product affected you, you still could have a claim.
In Oklahoma, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for injuries sustained because of a warning or marketing defect. Sometimes, marketers and retail stores are negligent and don’t provide sufficient instructions to ensure your safe use of a product. The marketer or seller must inform you if the product is inherently dangerous.
The product must also have adequate warning information; if there isn’t, you might not have enough information about the product’s safe use. Oklahoma law does allow consumers who weren’t adequately warned to obtain compensation in a product liability claim.
Did a defective product injure you? You may be eligible for compensation in a product liability lawsuit if you have been injured through no fault. At Nix Patterson, our Oklahoma product liability lawyers understand the stress and uncertainty of being hurt by defective products.
Contact our product liability attorneys today for more information, and remember — we don’t get compensated unless we win your case.
Nix Patterson only works on a contingency fee basis. Our clients pay us nothing unless we win. Schedule a free consultation today. Call 512.328.5333 or complete the form below.
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