When someone is injured by a defective product, the company or person who designed, manufactured, inspected, distributed, or installed that product may be liable for the injuries. Defective product lawsuits are also known as product liability cases.
If you have been injured by a defective product, Crowson Law Group is here for you. Our experienced attorneys use their extensive knowledge of Alaska product liability law to handle even the most complicated cases. With our personal injury lawyers on your side, you’ll be able to focus on recovering from your injuries while we work on obtaining compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. With offices in Anchorage and Wasilla, we proudly serve all of Alaska. We invite you to call or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
What Is a Defective Product?
Product liability claims fall into three main categories:
- manufacturer mistakes
- product design flaws
- failure to provide adequate warnings
When most people hear about a “defective product,” they think that a manufacturer made a mistake. In these cases, there was no flaw in the original product design, but the manufacturing process resulted in a faulty product. A defect may be present in all products, such as when a manufacturer takes shortcuts or uses cheaper materials that result in the defect. In other instances, the injury-causing defect may be present in only a few products. Examples include a single batch of baby food contaminated with a toxic substance or an electrical appliance is wired incorrectly.
Product Design Flaws
Some product defects are not caused by poor manufacturing but by an inherent design flaw. Defectively designed products are faulty or dangerous even when manufactured and used according to the designer’s intent. Examples of products with design defects would include airbags that do not deploy correctly, power tools without safety guards, work boots with poor traction, cosmetics with toxic materials, and unstable furniture.
Inadequate Warnings and Instructions
Companies can also be responsible for product liability on account of marketing defects or failure to provide adequate warnings. Even if flawlessly designed and manufactured, many products such as power tools, electrical appliances, snowmachines and ATVs, and medications can have an element of inherent danger. Companies are required to provide adequate warnings, labels, instructions, and manuals so that consumers use their products safely and appropriately.
Strict Liability in Defective Product Cases
Like most states, Alaska applies strict liability standards in product liability cases. Under strict liability rules, a company may be liable for defective product injuries even if there is no negligence or unreasonable conduct. This standard is different from most other types of personal injury cases, which make a person liable only for negligent or unreasonable conduct. The strict liability standard means that individuals who are injured by defective products may have a much better chance of prevailing on a claims than they would under standard negligence rules.
Alaska’s strict product liability rule is simple in theory, but it can get very complicated very quickly. Our experienced Alaska defective product lawyers can answer your questions and give you a better understanding of your case and advise you of what options you can pursue.
Product Liability Intersects with Other Legal Liability
The category of “product liability” is quite broad and intersects with many other types of cases. Cases involving a defective medical device or a drug with an incorrect expiration date may fall into the realm of medical malpractice. Cases of misfiring guns may rely on firearm accident law as well as product liability. Household cleaning products with inadequate warning labels may cause toxic exposure.
Our experienced product liability lawyers can help you navigate the legal complexities of your case and obtain the compensation you deserve, no matter what the circumstances or what other types of personal injury cases may be involved.
Free, Confidential Consultation with an Alaska Personal Injury Attorney
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