We all use a wide range of products every day. These products include the food we eat, the toys our children play with, the electronics we enjoy, and many more. We never believe that such items will prove harmful when we purchase them. However, there are times when the manufacturer or seller of an item has not made sure that it is safe. The result of such negligence may very well be injuries to a consumer. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a product-related injury, it is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our Rochester attorneys assist the victims of such negligence. We take pride in the level of service we provide our clients. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve Owatonna, other Minnesota communities, and Iowa and Wisconsin.
Lawyers assisting Rochester and Owatonna victims injured by defective products
There are three different types of product liability claims. The first is based on negligence, the second is based on strict liability, and the third is based on a breach of warranty. Negligence cases are based on a claim that the defendant failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that the distributed product was safe and this failure caused an injury. Strict liability cases are based on a claim that the product’s design or manufacturing process rendered it unreasonably dangerous. It is necessary to show that the dangerous condition caused the injury, but not that the distributor knew the condition existed. Finally, breach of warranty claims are based on the product coming with an expressed or implied warranty. The theory of liability under which a specific claim should be brought will always depend on the facts of a given situation.
The first step in a product liability case is to identify all of the defendants. Depending on the circumstances it may be possible to bring a case against the product’s individual component makers, the company who completed the final assembly, and/or the company that sold it. Once each of the defendants has been identified it will be necessary to retain experts who can offer opinions as to the procedures that were followed by the defendants. If a reasonable settlement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to litigation. Discovery, the process by which information is gained in a lawsuit, will begin. Discovery will focus on manufacturing processes, the defendants’ internal research, and what the defendants knew about the product. The case may proceed to a trial where jurors will decide the issues of liability and damages. This is a complicated process and you should retain an experienced attorney to assist you.
Our Rochester lawyers handle matters involving defective products. Once a client has retained our firm, we immediately begin identifying defendants. We retain necessary experts and send letters to the defendants demanding they preserve any and all evidence. We make sure no stone goes unturned in building your case and, if a fair settlement offer is not made, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Jim Suk and our office will make sure you are prepared for trial and that your rights are protected throughout the process. We understand the gravity of your situation and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
Rochester lawyers with the resources necessary to handle product liability cases
Handling a products liability case can require an attorney to use substantial financial resources. This means an injury victim must hire a firm with the financial means to handle a claim or the victim runs the risk of the case not being handled properly. Our firm has the resources to deal with the largest of corporate defendants. We have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of our clients and regularly sue large corporations. We devote ourselves to protecting the rights of victims and we take this role very seriously. We are ready to assist you.