When a person is injured by a product, everyone in the manufacturing chain can be held responsible for the injuries. This is known as “strict liability” and there doesn’t need to be any negligence shown to prove liability. A Portland product liability attorney can make sure all people or companies in the manufacturing chain, from manufacturing to shipping to retail, are held responsible for your injuries. This way, you can get the compensation you are entitled to.
It may sound odd to think that a company could be held responsible even if they had nothing to do with the injuries, but it’s actually a public policy issue promoting safety. By holding everyone responsible, it ensures that as soon as a defect is found, the item will be pulled from the shelf and potentially never have the opportunity to injure someone.
If this weren’t the case, the chain would actually have an incentive to move the product as fast as they could. For example, if a retailer knew it had a defective toaster and they knew they could not be held liable for injuries or damages that it caused, it would be in their best interest to sell the toasters as quickly as possible before public caught wind of the defect. This would, in turn, lead to more injuries. By holding everyone responsible through strict liability, it guarantees that a product is pulled from the shelves immediately.
The amount of liability each company has is ultimately determined by a jury. Ultimately, these extra avenues allow an injured person to get the money they need after an injury.
If you have been injured by a defective product, contact Johnson Law right away. Our attorneys have helped many clients across Oregon get the money they need after being injured by a product. We will aggressively fight to make sure you get every penny you deserve. For a free consultation with a Portland product liability attorney, contact Johnson Law today.