Products Liability

It is a harsh reality of the modern world that consumers are often injured by the very products which were designed to make life easier. Products Liability is the area of law in which product manufacturers (and sometimes distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public) are held responsible for the injuries caused by defects in those products. Products Liability law helps to protect consumers from hazardous products, while insuring that manufacturers are held accountable for the products that they make available in the marketplace.

Each state has its own statutory or judge-made laws which apply to injuries caused by defective products. In Louisiana, the Louisiana Products Liability Act (LPLA) of 1989 sets forth the exclusive means by which an injured party may seek recovery. The LPLA requires the injured party (the plaintiff) to prove that the product was unreasonably dangerous at the time it left the control of the manufacturer. Such defects can be in the design of the product or the way in which it was constructed or manufactured. Failure to warn of a defect is also actionable.

It should come as no surprise that product liability cases are complicated and expensive to pursue. The location and hiring of experts capable of evaluating the claims and supporting plaintiffs’ allegations at trial is a crucial aspect of Product Liability Law. The defendant manufacturer is extremely motivated to defeat claims against its products. The lawyers and staff at Palmintier Law have years of experience in representing people injured by all sorts of manufactured goods. From bicycles to automobiles, from drugs and medical products to children’s toys, we have a solid record of representing victims injured by defective products.