You may be surprised to find that, each year, millions of people are injured or killed by defective products. Many of the defective products include automobiles, sporting equipment, furniture, electrical appliances, medical devices, nursery products, and so much more. Two popular product liability cases involved Ryobi riding lawnmowers erupting in flames and jeep explosions that affected 1.5 million older-model Jeeps. Any product has the ability to malfunction and cause injury or fatality.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
What happens if somebody you love dies due to a defective product? A survivor may have legal grounds to bring something known as a wrongful death lawsuit against any of the parties responsible for the death. However, there is a statute of limitations for two years after the death, which must be abided by. Wrongful death suits are of utmost importance, especially when a family is struggling due to the lost income and emotional aspects of their loved one and the toll their death has taken on their life. These types of claims can help bring compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, lost income, loss of consortium, and other damages.
You may wonder if you can bring a wrongful death suit even if the product was recalled. Recalls will typically only come after the product has already caused injuries or fatality. Survivors, in these cases, can very well still file a wrongful death suit. Just because of the recall, this does not mean that the company or manufacturer should not be held liable for any deaths linked to the product.
It may not be as easy as it seems to prove that a person’s death was the result of negligence by a company or manufacturer. Because of this, you may need help with your case. Call us today for more about how we can help you during your time of need.