Seasoned Baton Rouge Product Liability Attorney
Legal team providing professional assistance in complex cases
At Marks and Lear PLC, our Baton Rouge product liability lawyers have extensive knowledge of product liability law and the complex requirements for proving manufacturer liability for injuries and other damage caused by their defective products. We represent clients injured by a broad range of products, from defective automotive parts to defective motorcycle helmets and defective industrial machinery to maritime products.
Liability of product manufacturers
Manufacturers, including any person or entity that manufactures a product for placement into trade or commerce, are strictly liable for the damage their products cause to users. Manufacturers include those that produce, make, fabricate, construct, design, remanufacture, recondition or refurbish products, such as:
- Manufacturers of component parts
- Manufacturers that label products as their own
- Assembling manufacturers
- Sellers who exercise control over product design, construction or quality
Types of product defects
Manufacturers are liable for all injuries and damages caused by their product when a characteristic of the product makes it unreasonably dangerous despite being used as intended or as reasonably anticipated. There are four types of product defects that incur liability when they make products unreasonably dangerous:
- Manufacturing defects
- Design defects
- Inadequate warnings
- Warranty defects
Baton Rouge product liability attorneys proving liability
Proving that a product defect exists and that a manufacturer should be held liable is a complex task and the burden is on the injured party. For example, when a product is defectively designed, the injured party must prove:
- A reasonable alternative design existed that could have prevented the harm
- The likelihood of serious damage outweighed the burden on the manufacturer of adopting the alternative design
Our attorneys have a long history of experience in complex products liability cases. We have handled everything from an unreasonably dangerous go-cart resulting in paraplegia to a helmet failure case resulting in brain injury. Our attorney Gordon M. White was co-counsel when the very first tobacco product liability trial for harm caused by tobacco smoking was litigated in the U.S. District Court in New Orleans.
In addition to our own experience as defective product attorneys, we use expert engineers and others to analyze products, defects and alternatives, determine the cause and extent of injuries and present invaluable testimony to juries. We also use experts such as life care planners to ensure our injured clients’ lifetime costs for medical needs and reduced earning capacity are compensated.
Seek assistance from a skilled products liability lawyer in Baton Rouge
When a product causes injury or death, the attorneys of Marks and Lear PLC have the experience and professionalism to hold manufacturers liable for the harm they cause. Whether you live in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette or Shreveport or anywhere in Louisiana or the surrounding states, we provide the assistance you need. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 225.250.1980 for a free initial consultation.