When inventing or releasing a product, you’re legally responsible for how that product functions. As a user of a product, you can take legal actions if the product caused you harm. Here are some situations where a product liability lawyer can help.

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What Does a Product Liability Lawyer Do?

A product liability lawyer has two roles: prosecuting individuals and companies that have created a product which caused you or your family harm, or defending you if you have been accused of creating a product that causes harm.

How Do I Know If I Need a Product Liability Lawyer?

If you bought a product that caused you to become sick or injured, consulting with a product liability lawyer can give you some insight into how strong of a case you have or whether you should take your case to court.

If you’re being sued for supposedly endangering someone (or a group of people) with your product, it’s a smart idea to consult with an attorney about the best plan of action.

How Much Does a Product Liability Lawyer Cost?

Lawyers don’t all use the same methods to bill their clients, but many product liability lawyers charge an hourly rate and others charge based on contingency. With a contingency fee, your lawyer get paid a pre-negotiated percentage if you win your case. If your lawyer charges you on a contingency basis, you likely have a strong case because the lawyer risks not getting paid at all for his hard work. The rates you’re charged will depend on location as well as how complex your case is. Be sure to speak with your lawyer about billing and rates up front.

What Should I Expect from Working with a Product Liability Lawyer?

An attorney can best advise you whether you should take your case to court, or resolve the issue out of court.

If the individual or company who produced the item is found at fault in court, those at fault can face fines and potentially criminal charges depending on the harm caused. If found innocent, this party will be released of charges and not have to pay anything.

If you are the one filing the suit and the company is found at fault, the company will have to compensate you and might face criminal charges. However, if the judge rules in the company’s favor, you won’t receive compensation. The advice of a product liability lawyer is useful because they have a better idea of potential outcomes for your case.

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