Defective Product Injuries Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia
There are probably hundreds–if not thousands–of consumer products in your home right now. We generally do not stop to think about whether any of these products are dangerous or unsafe, because for the most part they are. But when a product does prove to be defective, it can malfunction at a critical moment and cause you, or someone in your family, serious injuries.
Under Virginia law, a manufacturer can be held legally responsible for the injuries caused by its products. An experienced Richmond defective product injuries lawyer can review your case and advise you of your options in this area. Attorney Ryan Wind has over a decade of experience as a personal injury litigator in Virginia, and his team at Wind Law, LLC, can help you in demanding compensation from the manufacturer that allowed a dangerous product to enter your home in the first place.
Understanding Virginia Product Liability Laws
In most personal injury cases you need to prove the defendant was negligent in some way. Product liability works a bit differently. In Virginia, a manufacturer can be held strictly liable for a defective product that leaves its care. “Strict” liability simply means you do not have to prove any specific act of negligence. The mere fact the product was defective is sufficient.
Strict liability claims tend to fall within one of three categories:
- There was a defect in the design of the product.
- There was a defect in the manufacturing process.
- The product was not properly labeled to warn consumers of potential hidden dangers.
It is also possible to prove product liability through negligence or breach of warranty. Negligence requires proof the manufacturer–or some other party involved with the distribution or sale of the product–violated a legal duty of care owed to you. A breach of warranty claim can apply to either an express warranty provided by the manufacturer or an implied warranty that the product is understood to be safe for its intended purposes.
Many defective product lawsuits will involve multiple types of claims. For example, a manufacturer can be sued under both strict liability and breach of warranty. This is why it is essential to work with a defective product injuries lawyer who knows how to conduct a full investigation into your case.
At Wind Law, LLC We Also Representing The Following Legal Services:
- ATV Accidents
- Back Injuries
- Bicycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Broken Accidents
- Broken Bones
- Burn Injuries
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Zone Accidents
- Dog Bite and Animal Attacks
- E-Scooter Accidents
- GRTC Bus Accidents
- Head on Collisions
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accident
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As with any Virginia personal injury case, victims of defective consumer products can seek a variety of monetary damages as compensation for their injuries. This includes economic damages to cover their out-of-pocket losses, including medical bills and loss of income, and non-economic damages to cover their pain and suffering. In some cases, a defective product manufacturer may even be liable for punitive damages if their actions are found to be “willful and wanton negligence.”