If you have been injured because of a defective product, it’s natural that you’ll want to recover damages and compensation for your suffering. But that’s easier said than done, because you will have to first determine all the companies and people who may be liable and raise a claim against them individually. The more defendants you can identify, the better your chances are of being properly recompensed.
In general, most states agree on who the kinds of defendants are in defective products law.
All Links in the Distribution Chain
In general all links in the distribution chain of the defective product should be cited as defendants. This starts right from the manufacturer thorough to the retailer and those in between. By this you can include the designer of the product and all those involved in marketing it, provided you can prove that they had some connection with the defect.
No One is Left Out
If the defective product is a component of a larger product, then the manufacturer of the larger product is also a defendant. For example, if you buy an electric kettle with a defective switch because of which you have been injured, you should raise a claim against the manufacturer of the switch and also the manufacturer of the kettle which used a defective component.
The Seller is not Exempt Either
The retailer which played no part in manufacture is equally responsible and liable for selling a defective product. Any entity involved in distribution can reasonably be held responsible and this could include a host of wholesalers, distributors, and suppliers in between.
Receiving a Fair Amount
There is a very good reason why you should cite as many defendants as you possibly can. If one of your defendants is unable to pay, regardless of the reason, you can still collect from the others. If your case is legitimate, you deserve something.
Whom to Seek
Above all, consult a personal injury attorney if you have been injured by a defective product. Let an experienced attorney walk through the process with you, every step of the way.