Your Colorado Products Liability Attorney
If you or a loved one has recently been harmed by a dangerous or defective product, it is important to understand that you are not at fault. Though we often put our trust into a variety of manufactures and their products, that trust is not always returned. Specifically, when products are proven to be defective, they can cause harm, various injuries, and in the worst cases, death. Made even more troubling, is the fact that many examples of product liability can be prevented.
At Harlan Law, we have years of experience working with clients who are just like you. From filing paperwork to making phone calls on your behalf, we take it upon ourselves to handle your case entirely, allowing you to focus on what is really important: moving forward with your life.
To speak with a a Colorado products liability attorney, please contact Harlan Law anytime – day or night – at 970 462-9599. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Remember, you do not have to fight alone.
In this article, you will find useful information on the following topics:
- What Is Products Liability?
- Colorado Products Liability Laws
- Types of Product Defects
- Contact a Colorado Products Liability Attorney
- About Harlan Law
What Is Products Liability?
In the United States, defective and/or dangerous products are the cause of numerous injuries every single year. While you may be familiar with the term, what do you really know about products liability?
The term “products liability” refers to a manufacturer or seller being held responsible for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer (i.e. you), which then leads to harm and/or injuries. Generally, the law requires that all products – regardless of type – must meet ordinary expectations for the consumer. Yet, when a product does have a defect, or is considered to be unsafe or dangerous, it fails to meet these ordinary expectations.
Because there is no federal product liability law, each individual state across the country has their own set of consumer protections in place. These consumer protections cover the following:
- Strict Liability
- Breach of Warranty
Colorado Products Liability Laws
In the State of Colorado, consumers usually have only two years from the date of injury or death to file a product liability lawsuit. Known as the “statute of limitations,” there may be circumstances in which you – the consumer – are given more time to file. However, if 10 years have passed since the product was first sold, the State of Colorado will presume the product was not defective at the point of sale.
In regards to the amount of damages you are able to claim, there may be a limit, depending on the specific case. For example, Colorado has a “pure comparative negligence” rule, meaning that if the consumer’s own negligence contributed to the injuries sustained, damages can still be rewarded, but not the full amount. Specifically, if you were 50 percent at fault for the injuries, then you would only be able to receive 50 percent of the damages.
Finally, Colorado product liability actions are based on either negligence or strict liability, and can include the following:
- Design Defect
- Manufacturing Defect
- Failure to Provide Adequate Warnings
Regardless, it will still be necessary to prove that the product in question was unsafe or dangerous. Different parties that can be held liable for the unsafe or dangerous product may include:
- The product manufacturer
- A manufacturer of component parts
- A party that assembles or installs the product
- The wholesaler
- The retail store that originally sold the product
Types of Product Defects
As stated above, there are three main types of product defects: design defect, manufacturing defect, and failure to provide adequate warnings.
Just as the name implies, if the product suffers from a design defect, then the danger of the product lies within its design. An example of a product that has a design defect would be an electronic of some sort that catches fire when it is in the sun.
If a product suffers from a manufacturing defect, then it is believed that the problem occurred during the manufacturing or assembly process. An example of a product that has a manufacturing defect would be a piece of furniture that comes off of the assembly line missing a screw or necessary part, resulting in an unsafe or dangerous product.
Failure to Provide Adequate Warnings
If a product is not properly equipped with labeling, instructions, or safety warnings, then it is likely the manufacturers failed to provide adequate warnings of the product’s defect. An example of a manufacturer failing to provide adequate warnings would be if they knew (or should have known) the product in question was faulty, yet failed to warn consumers.
Contact a Colorado Products Liability Attorney
Now that you are more familiar with products liability, could you benefit from speaking with a Colorado products liability attorney? If you or someone you know has suffered from a dangerous or defective product, the attorneys at Harlan Law offer our deepest sympathies. You put your trust into a product, and as a result, you were injured. This is unacceptable. Unfortunately, we know how difficult this time can be for you. However, during this time, you do not have to be alone.
If you would like to speak with a Colorado products liability attorney, please contact Harlan Law today at 970 462-9599. To learn more about your case and options for moving forward, we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. You have suffered enough. Now, let us help take care of you.
About Harlan Law
At Harlan Law, our only focus is on the client, and ensuring all needs are adequately met. Cases that involve products liability can be particularly confusing, which makes having an experienced professional on your side all the more beneficial. Further, our services are tailored to fit each individual case, as no two cases are entirely the same.
If you want an attorney on your side who cares about your well being and future, then contact Harlan Law anytime – day or night – at 970 462-9599. It is time you get the legal help you deserve.