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Products Liability Attorneys In Seattle

The personal injury attorneys at Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC represent people throughout the Seattle-Bellevue metropolitan area who have been injured due to a defective product. If a product is being used for its intended purpose or a foreseeable purpose, its maker can be held liable if a defect in that product causes an injury. Product liability cases are the way to hold companies accountable for releasing dangerous products into the stream of commerce.

There are three main ways in which a product may be considered defective; (1) manufacturing defects, (2) design defects and (3) defects in the product's safety warnings or instructions. Depending on the unique circumstances of each case, under products liability law, a manufacturer may be held responsible for injuries resulting for any of these forms of defects. Experienced as a personal injury law firm in Seattle, Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC attorneys are able to help those who have been injured by a defective or poorly designed product.

Design Defect

Product manufacturers and suppliers have a legal duty to ensure that their products are safe for use and consumption. Even a single design defect can cause thousands of personal injuries or even wrongful deaths, since every one of these inherently unsafe products will have the same defect; examples include a power saw with no guard to protect the user's hand, or a car whose gas tank is too close to the electrical system, so that a minor collision may cause an explosion or fuel fire.

Manufacturing Defect

The difference between a manufacturing defect and a design defect is an error in building a product that would otherwise be safe if built as designed. The defect may exist in one single unit or thousands, depending on whether the error is the result of a human worker or an assembly line malfunction. A typical manufacturing defect in a car occurs when the steering or brakes fail at a crucial moment, or if a defective seatbelt or airbag failure causes an injury to be much greater than it would have been had the restraint functioned properly.

Failure To Warn

All products, from the heaviest power tools to a tube of toothpaste, have an obligation to contain prominent and clear warning of any dangers involved in their use, as well as adequate safety precautions. Manufacturers also have a duty to warn consumers of non-obvious risks associated with the use of the product, such as informing consumers to use household cleaning chemicals in a well-ventilated area. If a manufacturer or supplier fails to provide adequate warning or safety instructions, a consumer who is injured may have cause to bring a products liability claim to recover monetary damages for their injury, including medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. Note that these claims can be very fact-specific and the viability of a product liability claim will vary depending on the product and the unique circumstances at issue.

Contact An Experienced Seattle Products Liability Attorney

Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC has proven the utmost commitment to seeking justice on behalf of real people and their families who have been harmed by the wrongdoing of others. Too often, giant manufacturers and products companies choose profits over safety and rely on their in-house counsel and vast resources to defend litigation from ordinary citizens harmed by their defective products. Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC has the resources to stand up to these companies and fight for our clients to get the fair compensation they deserve.

If you have been injured by a defective product, contact Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC at 206-629-9262 for more information about our legal services.