Were you injured by a product that was marketed and sold in stores or online? Consumers purchase goods in stores under the assumption that they are safe for use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and when unsafe products make their way onto store shelves, it can be a serious issue.
If you were injured or otherwise harmed by a defective product, you may have reason to file a product liability claim under one of the following three categories:
Generally, product liability lawsuits are won by proving the following four elements:
If you can prove the points listed above, then you can seek compensatory and / or punitive damages. The intention of compensatory damages is to restore the injured individual to full health. Essentially, a dollar value is attached to each adverse result of the accident to create a total for the compensatory damages that you can receive. Compensatory damages include coverage for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain, and suffering.
You will only receive punitive damages if the judge determines the defendant's actions to be of particular offense. Typically, punitive damages are awarded not for the purpose of compensating the victim, but for the purpose of punishing the defendant for his or her bad actions. Punitive damages are calculated in accordance with the degree and nature of the defendant's misconduct.
At the Law Offices of James A. Welcome, we can help you seek compensatory and / or punitive damages depending on the nature of your defective product claim. Contact a Waterbury defective product attorney at our office to learn more.