Were You Hurt by a Defective Product?
It’s certainly not out of line for U.S. citizens living in the most prosperous country in the world to trust that the products we purchase are not dangerous. There’s nothing unusual about assuming that government oversight and product testing are sufficient to keep harmful products from ever reaching store shelves.
Sadly, consumers are injured every day from dangerous and defective products that have been cleared to sell. And too often the only warning the public has is after someone has already been harmed.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the main government agency charged with ensuring that products we buy are safe. The CPSC does its best to screen products prior to release for public consumption or use, but with millions of products, the commission does not possess the resources to inspect each one.
To make matters worse, people who are hurt by a defective product often face a struggle to hold the makers responsible for their injuries. Manufacturers will try to avoid blame for the harm caused by their product and will tie up consumer claims in legal procedures for as long as possible.
To counter the product maker’s tactics, you need the experienced attorneys at the Heuser & Heuser law firm.
We’ve been in Colorado Springs for 25 years, helping consumers here and in Pueblo, Alamosa, the Arkansas Valley, Pikes Peak and elsewhere on the Front Range who’ve been hurt by a product get fair compensation for their injury.
Your Heuser legal team knows how to investigate what caused the accident and identify those at fault. We will work to get you fair compensation for all of your injuries and hold the companies who made the dangerous product responsible for their mistake.
If You’ve Been Injured by a Product…
If you or someone you love are hurt because of a defective product, first make sure you and others are safe and receive appropriate medical attention. Next contact the products & liability lawyers at the Heuser & Heuser law firm.
Our legal team will show you how to prepare for your case by first preserving what you can of the product and/or taking photographs of the product and any damage it caused to your person or your property.
For the most part, people who get hurt by a defective or dangerous product do so in their home. Should the accident occur in a public place, such as a restaurant, we will compile a list of witnesses to your injury.
We will also record your symptoms, monitor whether the symptoms worsen over time, the dates and times of doctor appointments and how much work you missed due to your injury.
There are three basic types of product defects:
- Design defect – the design of the product makes it unsafe; this may include the way the product is packaged
- Manufacturing defect – the product is well-designed, but how it was made makes it unsafe; possibly materials used in its manufacture are defective
- Insufficient instructions or warnings – the manufacturer does not include proper instructions for safely operating the product, or warn about possible dangers from the product
Colorado state laws hold responsible manufacturers who make defective products if the product hurts the owner, a family member or friend or even an innocent bystander.
What Is My Case Worth?
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, there’s little doubt that you’re very aware of all the ways that the injury has affected your life. As your attorneys, we will help you recover damages that will compensate you for the way your life has changed.
If it becomes necessary, we can gather testimony or additional proof from medical providers and other experts to demonstrate the extent of your loss.
Your settlement may include compensatory damages, which is money to cover your medical costs, lost wages and property damage. Money for your pain and suffering that deals with your physical and/or mental anguish may also be included in your settlement.
In addition, you could be compensated along with your spouse for loss of consortium, which is the care, companionship, sexual activity, or affection between you and your spouse.
Finally, if the maker of the defective product acted so egregiously that the court feels they should be punished, you may receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are also awarded as a warning to other people or companies not to act the same way in the future.
Also, if the injury caused a death or the injury involved a minor, your Heuser legal team can draft the necessary documents for a guardian or personal representative to be appointed, as well as prepare a petition that’s required by most courts to approve and distribute proceeds from the settlement.
Product liability cases are frequently complex and expensive. Remember, we won’t charge you anything unless we recover a settlement for you. And once we get started, we will work quickly to move your case forward, all the while making sure you know what’s going on with your case.
Heuser & Heuser, L.L.P. is one of the premier personal injury law firms in the state of Colorado with offices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The Heuser brothers have more than 25 years of legal experience and specialize in practice areas such as auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents and workers compensation. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at 719-419-9478 or complete our inquiry contact form.