man checking his engine for a problemYou never expect to suffer an injury because of a problem with a product you buy. Unfortunately, this is something that happens more often than it should. Serious defective products create significant dangers nearly every day and those who suffer injuries are often unsure of what comes next.

It’s important to recognize the process of filing a product liability, including who you’re taking legal action against, what type of compensation you may be entitled to, and how a settlement works. Learn more about each of these aspects below.

Typically, it’s the company as a whole who is responsible when a product is defective, but there are a number of factors that you want to consider. First, the manufacturer and employee can be considered negligent because it was their oversight or poor design that led to the defect.

Second, it’s entirely possible for other parties and entities to be considered negligent in a product liability case. For instance, if the distributor was aware of the defect but continued to sell the item, they can be considered partially at fault for the consumer suffering an injury.

Both economic and non-economic damages typically come into play here, and it can compensate you for your pain, bills to cover medical expenses, additional need for medical equipment, medication, lost income, and more.

Manufacturers—in an effort to pay out as little as possible and keep their name out of a negative public spotlight—often offer settlements to those injured by their defective products. You can accept the settlement and forfeit the right to a lawsuit or deny the settlement and proceed with legal action. However, it’s important to understand that these settlements are not always enough to cover your losses.

At Fieger Law, we’ll help you understand what to expect every step of the way and help you make the decision that is best for you and your situation. We’re here to help you pursue the maximum compensation available to you in a product liability case.