Product Liability Attorneys in New Mexico
Fighting Negligent Corporations
When we purchase a product, we expect that it will work correctly and do not anticipate that our new item will cause us injury. Sadly, not every item is produced as safely as it could be. When a product is designed poorly, is not tested, or is manufactured incorrectly, customers can be injured.
Product liability law is an area of litigation in which corporations can be held accountable for distributing defective and dangerous products and causing injury to their customers. If you or a loved one was injured by a defective item, contact Lyons & Simmons, LLP to speak with our product liability lawyers in New Mexico.
When is a Product Considered Defective?
A defect is any issue that causes a product to not work correctly or causes injury to users. A defect can occur at any step of a product’s lifecycle before it reaches the customer. An item may be designed in a way that causes it to not work how it is supposed to. Once manufacturing begins, the product may not be manufactured according to the original design or another issue could occur during the manufacturing process. A product can even be considered defective if it is marketed and sold in a way that leads to safety issues. A product also may not be properly tested, causing the manufacturer to overlook preventable problems.
Types of Product Liability Cases
Product liability claims can involve any incident in which a person is injured by a defective product. Any product can be defective: Vehicles, tools, and furniture are some examples of products that are commonly the subject of this type of litigation.
Defective drug and medical device litigation is a substantial area of product liability law. Medical products that are defective can cause severe injury to patients.
Who is Liable for Injuries Caused by Defective Products?
A product defect may be the fault of any person or company that is involved in the design, manufacturing, marketing, or sale of an item. All of these responsibilities may be performed by the same company, but it is possible that a corporation could outsource manufacturing or other steps in the creation of a product to someone else. If a corporation is subjected to certain legal or industry regulations, the people who are responsible for investigating the safety of an operation and upholding those regulations could also be held liable in case of a defect.
Strict Liability in New Mexico
Every state has different laws which determine how product liability cases are handled. In some states, people who are injured by defective products must prove that the product manufacturer was negligent when creating the item. Other states, including New Mexico, are considered to be “strict liability” states. In strict liability states, plaintiffs do not have to prove that the product manufacturer was negligent. Instead, a plaintiff only needs to show that the product was defective and caused their injuries. This evidence is often enough to hold a manufacturer or other party liable for damages.
Contact Us to Ask Questions and Discuss Your Case
We can help you understand your legal rights following a defective product injury and guide you through a claim. Our legal team will work to hold the people who are responsible for your injuries accountable so you can get the care and resources you need to recover.