Those who manufacture and sell products have a duty to provide safe items to the market. When they fail in this duty and consumers suffer injuries, those consumers have a right to compensation. It can be difficult to know, however, who to hold responsible, with many different people or businesses involved in the product.
Possible Parties Responsible for a Defective Product
Even with many people and businesses involved in the design, manufacturing, marketing, and sale of a product, it’s possible to file a successful product liability claim. Injury victims can file a claim against a number of parties, including:
- The manufacturer of the product parts
- The main manufacturer of the product as a whole
- A wholesaler or middle man that sold the product
- A store or other retailer that sold the product
- The marketer of the product
In some cases, it may be that multiple parties are responsible, each sharing a portion of the blame. All these parties can be held accountable together. Or, it may be found that one party bears all the of blame. An experienced attorney can investigate your claim to help determine who’s responsible and pursue action against the proper person or business.
When the Responsible Party Is Not a Single Person
Often in these types of cases, it may be that the responsible party is not an individual person. Under the law, a business or corporation is effectively viewed as the equivalent of a person, and it can be held responsible for the damage caused just as an individual who causes injury would be.
Additionally, many products are not manufactured or even purchased in the United States. While this does make for a more complicated claim, it is typically still possible to hold those parties responsible. When a company does business in the U.S., it likely falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. legal system.
Contact an Experienced Injury Attorney
Victims who suffer injuries because of unsafe products are entitled to medical care and compensation just like any other personal injury victim. At Athens Injury Law Group, our legal team will investigate your case and help you determine exactly who is responsible for your injuries. We have helped others just like you pursue justice and compensation, so you can recover as fully as possible.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries due to a defective product, call our Athens office today, or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page. You’ll speak with a member of our team who can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to help you learn more about your rights and how we may be able to help.