Louisville Product Liability Attorney
When you buy a new product, you expect it to perform as stated, not pose a threat to you or your loved ones. Unfortunately, far too many products released for public consumption and use in the United States are defective or otherwise dangerous for users, potentially causing consumers serious injuries, illnesses, or even wrongful death. In order to hold these manufacturers and distributors accountable and to help protect consumers against having to bear the burden of their injuries on their own, product liability law allows victims to pursue legal claims.
At the Sampson Law Firm, our Louisville product liability lawyers believe that injuries resulting from dangerous or defective products, whether they are relatively minor injuries, such as cuts or burns, or potentially life-altering in nature, cannot and should not be tolerated. Manufacturers and other parties responsible for allowing unsafe products in the market should be held responsible for the repercussions and losses consumers suffer.
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a commercially available product? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call Sampson Law Firm at (502) 584-5050 to schedule a free consultation about your options for getting the financial recovery you deserve.
Do I Need a Product Liability Lawyer?
Right now, you are hurt. You are also stressed by the thought of all the unanticipated medical expenses that keep showing up. Because of your injury, you may be unable to work. If your injury is severe, you might not ever be able to return to your job. You need an attorney who can help you get the money you need to survive.
Compensation is the law’s way of putting you in the same position you would have been in if you had never been injured by the product. An experienced product liability lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. A skilled lawyer knows the applicable laws and the legal system. They can protect your rights and make sure that you recover all of the compensation that is rightly yours.
A seasoned lawyer not only understands the expenses you are confronted with right now but can project what expenses you may encounter in the future. A product liability lawyer has a multitude of resources at their disposal. These resources allow them to investigate and pinpoint what caused your injury as well as identify who is responsible.
The insurance company representative for the product manufacturer may offer you a sum of money for your injuries. This amount may seem appealing due to the bills that you have that continue to accumulate. Despite their caring demeanor, the representative from the insurance company is not on your side. They’re not concerned about you. They only care about the insurance company’s bottom line.
You need someone who is entirely on your side. A product liability lawyer can look out for your best interests. An attorney can speak on your behalf to the insurance company representative and to any other involved parties. An attorney can represent you in a court of law if a fair settlement offer isn’t made. It is extremely important that you do not speak to anyone about the details of your case until you have a chance to talk to a lawyer.
Studies have shown that victims usually receive more compensation when they have legal representation. Injured parties often receive up to three times as much compensation when they are represented by an attorney compared to when they attempt to handle their claim by themselves.
Why Choose Sampson Law Firm to Represent You?
Sampson Law Firm has been representing clients in the greater Louisville, Kentucky, area for over twenty years.
Our firm only represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters. We do not represent big corporations or insurance companies. Our focus is all you, the individual, and how we can get you the benefits you deserve.
Meet our attorneys:
Jeffrey T. Sampson
Attorney Sampson has been practicing law for almost thirty years. The Kentucky Trial Court Review has repeatedly identified him as one of Kentucky’s most Prolific Trial Lawyers. He has given lectures before professional groups on the legal areas of medical malpractice and workers’ compensation.
Attorney Poynter has been practicing law for almost ten years. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Poynter worked as a police officer and as an account manager in the insurance industry. His diverse background gives Mr. Poynter a unique perspective when it comes to his representation of his clients.
Sampson Law Firm has many satisfied clients. Our attorneys have successfully reached many multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients.
Product Liability Lawsuits
There are millions of products released every year, ranging in type, size, and function. Typically, though, product liability lawsuits are filed for products falling within the following categories:
- Toxic Food Products and Containers
- Dangerous Childcare Products and Toys
- Manufacturing Defects
- Defective Vehicles
- Design Defects
When these products or types of defects cause unsuspecting consumers harm, the consumer should not be the one to bear the full burden; those negligent parties liable for the unsafe product should have to take responsibility for the consequences.
After you have retained us to represent you, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine what caused your injuries and to identify all of the responsible parties. The five most common parties found to be responsible in product liability cases include:
- Manufacturer of the product
- Supplier/manufacturer of component parts of the product
- A party that installs or assembles the product
- Retailer from whom the consumer purchased the product
The law no longer requires the injured party to be the consumer who initially purchased the product. Any person who could have foreseeably been injured by the product is entitled to seek compensation.
However, it is possible that you are partly to blame for your injuries. Fortunately, Kentucky follows the legal doctrine of comparative fault. This means that if you are found to be partially responsible, you may still recover compensation. But your compensation will be reduced in proportion to the percentage you were at fault for the accident.
For example, if you are found to be 10% responsible for your injuries, any award you received would be reduced by 10%. If the total compensation due to you is $100,000, you would only receive $90,000.
There are three theories of liability for product liability cases:
- Strict liability – the victim only has to prove that the product was defective and was put into position reach the consumer;
- Negligence – the victim must prove that the defendant caused the defect in the product caused the injury; and
- Breach of warranty – when the victim used a product as intended but was injured by it, and that product had a warranty saying that the product was safe for that use.
A seasoned attorney knows what types of compensation the law allows after a defective product accident. In general, you may be entitled to compensation for present and future medical expenses, including pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
It is important to talk to a Kentucky attorney as soon as possible so that you don’t forfeit your right to seek compensation by waiting too long. In general, Kentucky law requires the injured party to file their lawsuit within one year of the date of injury. There are exceptions, which a knowledgeable attorney can explain to you.
Speak with a Product Liability Lawyer in Louisville
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a damaged or defective product, a Louisville personal injury lawyer from the Sampson Law Firm can not only help you explore your legal options but also might be able to help you fight against the manufacturer responsible for the defect. Enlist the support you need by calling (502) 584-5050.