When Louisianans place their lives and the lives of their loved ones in the hands of others by using a product, they are not expecting that product to have flaws that make it dangerous. However, it is a reality that there are sometimes products made that can be dangerous and cause injury and death. These can range from an automobile, medical items, toys, equipment and just about anything else. Knowing what to do after there has been a death is often the key to a successful legal filing.
As the news has recently shown, any part of a vehicle can be designed and implemented improperly and cause damage and death. A medical device or a medication can cause damaging or fatal side effects. Certain vehicles are prone to roll over and injure the driver and passengers. A child might be given a toy that adults believed were safe and quickly found that it was not. There can be equipment that was not designed correctly, was used at work and hurt an employee or a passerby. Any of these instances can result in a person needing medical care and treatment and having a long recovery. In a worst-case scenario, the family will be confronted with the loss of a loved one and everything that entails.
The Louisiana Products Liability Act (LPLA) sets out to hold manufacturers responsible for dangerous products. This is done by examining its composition or construction, studying the design, determining if the manufacturer did not properly warn users of potential risks, and learning if it does not fit into the warranty provided by its manufacturer. People who are hurt or lose a loved one can seek compensation for everything that was lost including medical costs, lost wages, and property damage. They can also pursue compensation for loss of consortium of the person dies or is no longer able to participate in the normal daily activities of the family.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly is a difficult situation to deal with. When this happens due to a product that was dangerous and its manufacturer is at fault, the victim and the victim’s family have the right to seek compensation. A lawyer can help with gathering evidence and filing a wrongful death lawsuit after the loss of a loved one from a defective product.