We place an inordinate amount of trust in the manufacturers of consumer products. Every day, we assume the cars we drive are safe, the medications we take have been adequately tested in clinical trials, the facilities that process the food we eat are sanitary, and the toys our children play with are free from toxins.
Most manufacturers are careful in the way they design, create, and advertise their products, but some goods make it to market without adequate testing, process control, or warnings. When you or a loved one suffers an injury or illness possibly related to a purchased product, a product liability lawyer should be your first call after seeking emergency medical attention. It costs nothing for a free, no-obligation case review.
What Products Are Defective in Canada?
The Government of Canada lists all types of product recalls and safety alerts, from unsafe bags of salad contaminated with E. Coli and ski boots that crack during use, to drawstrings on child jackets that present a strangulation hazard and space heaters that create a fire hazard.
Some of the most common product liability claims involve:
What Grounds Do You Need to Sue A Manufacturer?
While personal injury lawsuits require plaintiffs to prove a duty of care and a negligent breach of that duty, many product liability claims move forward based on strict liability. If a consumer buys a product, there is an automatic presumption that the product has been safely designed, tested, manufactured without defects, and represented accurately in marketing materials.
Since the settlements or awards can be much higher if willful misconduct is identified, our team of Vernon product liability lawyers often seek to subpoena internal documents and find information that shows negligence or even malice on the part of manufacturers.
What Is A Product Liability Case Worth in B.C.?
Five years ago, juries awarded an average of $6.9 Billion CDN for product liability claims. This was nearly 7x the amount of the average general liability claims and nearly 10x the average medical malpractice lawsuit value. Of course, every case is different and unique, and some of these claims paid out multiple plaintiffs.
However, the potential for substantial recovery is particularly high with this type of lawsuit, particularly because the injuries themselves tend to be rather severe, and because discovery often turns up evidence of disregard for consumer safety. Proving it, of course, requires a skill set that comes with experience.
Contact our team of Vernon Product Liability Lawyers?
You don’t have to travel outside the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia to find a personal injury lawyer with knowledge in complex product liability litigation. We have an office on Dickinson Avenue in Kelowna, 45 minutes from Vernon.
We provide compassionate care with free consultations and contingency-based representation that costs you nothing upfront to pursue. If we recover money on your behalf, we receive a third of the settlement. If our effort falls short, you owe us nothing. Call to speak with a product liability expert sooner rather than later, as limitation periods do apply.