Has a defective product caused you or a family member a catastrophic injury or death?

Many defective or unreasonably hazardous products are purchased every day across Washington with the purchaser not being made aware of the risk of such product. The product liability attorneys at Washington Law Center can help as we are an advocate for victims of unsafe consumer products.

Product liability law is supposed to make it easier to establish fault against dangerous or defective products. Unfortunately, lawsuits against large corporations with deep pockets can make a court case lengthy and difficult. This is why you need industry experts in your corner to help analyze the design and manufacturing process to help explain why the product is defective or dangerous.

Our Seattle product liability lawyers, as well as our Tacoma product liability lawyers, have the experience and expertise to take on the large corporations that make unsafe products. Washington Law Center also works with experts from all over the country. This allows us to conduct a proper investigation into the potential hazards posed by a product and determine the basis for liability and properly define defective.

Our product liability lawyers will prepare a compelling case to take to trial so that we can negotiate from a position of strength. Washington Law Center will not settle for less than what you deserve.

We fight, you win.

Call us today for a free consultation on your product liability case. You can also send us an email or fill out our contact form.

Washington Product Liability Law FAQ

  • Who is at fault for a defective product and what types of defect are there?

    Who is at fault for a defective product and what types of defect are there?

    Product liability law allows consumers to seek compensation not just from the product manufacturer but also assemblers, part or component suppliers, distributors, testing laboratories, designers and retailers. Product liability claims may be based on a number of theories of liability: (1) negligence; (2) strict liability; breach of warranty; or various consumer protection laws.

    Generally, product defects can be classified into three categories:

    • Design Defects: These are flaws that are inherent in the design of the product that make the product unreasonably dangerous. This type of defect will be present in every unit produced even if the product complies precisely with the product specifications.
    • Manufacturing Defects: These defects arise during the manufacturing, fabrication or assembly process because of a problem during the manufacturing or assembly of the product or its components. Certain individual units or lots of the product will be defective because something goes wrong during the production process. Some units of the product will be defective because they deviate from the product specifications.
    • Marketing Defects: This type of defect involves improper labeling, inadequate warning about hidden risks or missing and/or misleading instructions.

    Although many consumer products are subject to regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), they also impose safety standards and recalls for many types of consumer products. However, some products that do not fall under the auspices of the CPSC. When a defective product causes injury, liability may be imposed even if the product has not been recalled. In situations where a company fails to implement a recall, the failure to comply or delays in compliance can constitute a basis for imposing punitive damages.

  • What are common examples of defective or hazardous products?

    What are common examples of defective or hazardous products?

    There are many types of products that can cause injury when they are poorly designed, carelessly manufactured or not adequately tested. Some examples of defective products that might be the subject of Washington product liability include:

    • Motor Vehicles: air bags, tires, seat belts, fuel systems, ignitions switches
    • Dangerous Drugs/Prescriptions: Actos, Propecia, Topamax, Zoloft, Lipitor, Mirena, Yaz
    • Medical Products: hip implants, transvaginal mesh
    • Defective children’s products: cribs, high chairs, car seats, booster seats, playpens, playground equipment, toys (lead paint, choking hazards)
    • Carcinogens: asbestos, cigarettes
    • Space heaters, barbeques
    • Consumer electronics

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