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Mississippi Product Liability Attorneys

Providing 75 Years of Experience to Victims of Defective Products

Helping Mississippi Victims of Defective Products Reclaim Their Lives

If a defective product has seriously injured you or a loved one, you may be entitled to seek recovery of your losses through an action for product liability. Product liability refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of any product for damage caused by that product. This includes the manufacturer of component parts, an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, and the retail storeowner.  The consumer or someone to whom the product was loaned may bring a product liability lawsuit

Barrett Law, PLLC has been representing those injured by dangerous or defective products for over 75 years including those involve in serious motor vehicle accidents caused by defective automobiles or defective parts.  Common product defects that frequently cause serious motor vehicle accidents or result in more serious injuries to vehicle occupants include the following:

  • Defective seatbelts
  • Fuel system defects which may result in fire
  • Lack of roof reinforcement resulting in crush injuries
  • Lack of seatbelts
  • Defective tires
  • Defective or missing airbags
  • Unsafe or defective child safety restraints
  • Sudden acceleration defects
  • Defective door latches
  • Brake failure
  • Failure to install safety equipment like backup cameras
  • Steering and handling defects
  • Poor vehicle design increasing the chance of rollover accidents (i.e. SUV rollovers, ATV rollovers, etc)

While these are merely a few examples, the point is that consumer safety is an extremely high priority.  An unsafe or defective product or vehicle may form the basis for a product liability lawsuit.  Every designer, manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer has to be sure that the end user gets a product that is as safe as possible.  Some products, such as knives or certain tools, are deemed inherently dangerous by their nature. Even with these types of products, a company that fails to avoid a foreseeable risk with reasonable safety measures and clear instructions may still be liable in a product liability lawsuit. 

While most companies responsible for placing products on the market are conscientious and concerned about consumer safety, there is always financial pressure to cut corners on safety to save money and increase profits.  Tragically, companies sometimes choose not add safety features that would add only a few cents per unit because the cost is far more substantial when factored over many millions of individual units of the product to be produced.  Companies sometimes also make a conscious decision not to fix identified defects because the cost to compensate potential injury victims is considered less expensive than repairing the defect or recalling the product.  A company that treats paying damages to victims of their defective or unreasonably dangerous products as just another “cost of doing business” may be liable for substantial punitive damages, which are designed to punish and discourage such conduct.   

The following are three legal theories common in Mississippi that may form the basis of a successful product liability case:

  1. Manufacturing defect. A defect in the way the product was manufactured causes injury to the end user.
  1. Design defect. The product itself is not defective but was poorly designed and causes injury to the user.
  1. Failure to warn, or "inadequate warning." These products are known to be dangerous but the proper warning or instructions are not provided to the ultimate consumer.

Handling and winning products liability lawsuits can be complex and difficult.  It involves extensive investigation, preparation and the willingness to spend the money necessary for experts, which often means the difference between winning and losing.  Reconstruction experts, biomechanical experts, metallurgical experts and medical experts are often required to clearly and concisely present to a judge or jury a complete and understandable view of the case.

At Barrett Law, PLLC, our attorneys have 75 years of experience representing clients in lawsuits related to unsafe products, including poorly designed vehicles with inadequate safety equipment.  Our experienced and knowledgeable Mississippi product liability lawyers handle a broad range of defective product cases, including those related to auto defects.  Examples of automotive defects include SUV rollovers, restraint failure (seat belts/airbags), tire failure, sudden unintended acceleration and tread separation.

Call us for a consultation today and see how 75 years of experience in representing clients in Mississippi can assist you in winning your product liability case.  Barrett Law, PLLC is committed to representing Mississippi injury victims with compassion and commitment so call us today at (800) 707-9577.

 

 

Our legal team at Barrett Law, PLLC serves people throughout Mississippi including: North Mississippi, Jackson and the Hattiesburg areas.