If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, such as a dangerous prescription drug or a defective medical product, you could be eligible to obtain compensation for your medical expenses and other losses through a product liability lawsuit. Manufacturers, designers, assemblers, distributors, marketers, and retailers who sell defective consumer products may all be held liable for the harm you have suffered.
At the Cain Law Office, our dedicated Oklahoma City product liability lawyers have more than 20 years of experience successfully securing compensation for individuals and families who have been injured due to the negligence of large companies. Oklahoma native Monty L. Cain has been recognized for his complete commitment to the financial needs of his clients, earning spots in the National Association of Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Schedule a free consultation today with our savvy product liability lawyer to learn how we can help you fight for justice against deep-pocketed corporations. Our team responds to inquiries immediately, and we advance all costs of pursuing product liability claims. This means you do not have to pay us anything unless and until we recover compensation for you.
Why You Need an Experienced Product Liability Attorney
Product liability cases can be extremely complicated, and they typically involve large companies with aggressive insurers fighting to protect their profits. It is crucial that you have an experienced and resourceful Oklahoma City product liability attorney on your side who can stand up to these ruthless companies. If the product is defective, it can cause serious harm.
You can count on the team of experienced product liability lawyers at the Cain Law Office to:
- Obtain statements from you and any witnesses about how you were injured, and collect any physical evidence related to the incident and your injury.
- Analyze your medical records to determine the full extent and costs of your injuries.
- Document and calculate your other losses, such as from damage to property, loss of work, and your pain and suffering.
- Connect you with our network of community contacts who can help arrange additional assistance you may need, such as referrals for general or specialized medical care or counseling, for personal or household assistance, etc.
- Compile evidence from such sources as recall notices from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as existing independent studies about the product and/or previous injuries linked to it.
- File one or more product liability lawsuits to demand compensation from every liable party.
- After filing a lawsuit, track down records, reports, and statements from the manufacturer through the legal process known as “discovery.” This evidence can put us in a strong position to negotiate a full and fair settlement, event after the lawsuit has started.
Regardless of the path your claim takes, our product liability law firm will keep you updated on the status of your case as it progresses, and we will respond promptly to your calls and emails, even at night and on weekends. Our goal is to make you feel confident in your case and to take as much of the burden off you as possible. Our product defect attorneys can help you.
Recovering Compensation in a Product Liability Lawsuit
A product liability lawsuit seeks to hold a manufacturer legally responsible for injuries caused by defective products that a consumer has used as intended or advertised. In the claims, our attorneys typically demand compensation for:
- Economic Damages: Reimbursement for out-of-pocket payments (or outstanding bills) for:
- Medical care costs
- Property damage, e.g., to your home in a fire started by a faulty product
- Lost income
- Noneconomic Damages: Payment for intangible losses, such as:
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress, i.e., suffering
- Loss of consortium (for a spouse’s death or disability)
The State of Oklahoma limits noneconomic damages to $350,000 in most cases. If the defendant (responsible party) in a product liability case has exhibited reckless disregard for public safety or has acted intentionally and with malice toward others, a jury may lift the cap on noneconomic damages and award punitive damages, additional money beyond the noneconomic damages limit.
The Difference Between a Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation
In cases where allegedly faulty products were sold nationwide, it is likely that numerous lawsuits will be filed in federal or state courts across the country. To make the volume of legal claims easier to deal with, the courts may combine similar claims one of two ways:
- Class Action. A class action is made up of multiple plaintiffs who have similar legal complaints against a defendant. The court that creates a class-action lawsuit will appoint one or more plaintiffs to represent the class.
- Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation may combine multiple cases from courts within a shared geographic area if they have common legal issues so that they can be heard in a single court.
Usually you can join an ongoing class action or MDL lawsuit or, within an allotted amount of time, share in a settlement that has already been negotiated and approved by the presiding court.
There are pros and cons to joining an ongoing MDL or class action, registering to share in a previously approved settlement, or pursuing an individual claim.
Our Oklahoma City product liability attorneys would advise you on your best options for proceeding with a claim. Our overall objective is to see to it that you are made financially whole. You should not have debt from your accident and injuries, and if you have been disabled, you should not have to worry about how you will provide for yourself and/or your family in the future. Contact us today.
Common Types of Dangerous Products
Any product that causes injury while being used as intended could be the subject of a legal claim. Many consumer products are already the subject of safety recalls and/or product liability lawsuits. We may be able to help you join ongoing litigation or initiate your own claim if you have been injured. The types of products that are commonly cited in product liability lawsuits include:
- Automotive products: Parts and systems for cars, trucks, and motorcycles, such as acceleration systems, airbags, brakes, fuel tanks, ignition systems, seat belts, steering, etc., and entire motor vehicles
- Children’s products: Beds (including bunk beds and bed rails), car seats, crayons, cribs, nursery products, pajamas, strollers, toys, toy chests, etc.
- Construction and building products: Ladders, scaffolding, power tools, asbestos-containing materials, stucco siding, stairways, decks, etc.
- Household appliances and products: Stoves, ranges, ovens, furniture, carpet, lamps, fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, lawn mowers, ladders, power tools, grills, space heaters, etc.
- Medical products: Artificial hips, knee implants, surgical / transvaginal mesh, shoulder pain pumps, etc.
- Pharmaceutical products (medications): Birth control devices (IUDs), diabetes drugs, diet drugs, over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, statin (cholesterol) drugs, vaccines, etc.
- Sports and recreation products: All-terrain and recreational off-highway vehicles (ATVs and ROVs), amusement park rides, bicycles, bicycle and motorcycle helmets, boats, campers, camping equipment (including cook stoves and fuel), motorhomes and trailers, off-road motorcycles, personal watercraft (Sea-Doo, Jet Ski), pools and spas (including drains and water circulation systems), trampolines, etc.
- Other products: Fuels (diesel, gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid), fire pits / pots, fireworks, lighters, playground equipment, shopping carts, etc.
Contact Our Oklahoma Product Liability Attorneys
If you have been injured due to the proper use of any consumer product, you should contact our experienced Oklahoma City product liability attorney at the Cain Law Office. We can help you determine whether you have been sold a device known to be defective, or perhaps whether you are among the first to experience a new consumer product failure.