SHREVEPORT DEFECTIVE AUTO PARTS LAWYER
Shreveport Product Liability Attorney for Defective Auto Parts
You already have to worry about the potential dangers and negligence of others on the road every time you get behind the wheel. You shouldn’t also have to worry about a defective car part causing an accident and/or injury. You deserve to be confident that the automobile you are driving is safe and reliable. That’s why, if you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury on account of defective products associated with auto parts, you may be entitled to compensation.
Under Louisiana’s Products Liability Act, those who receive a dangerous or defective product injury may obtain compensatory damages through a product liability claim. This includes injuries caused by the defective design and manufacturing of automobile parts. If you believe you have a case, contact the Shreveport product liability lawyers at Greenwald Law Firm today for a free consultation. You can reach us by calling 318-219-7867 or submitting an online intake form here.
Common Car Defects and Malfunctions
Cars are very complex pieces of machinery. There are numerous moving parts that work together in order for the vehicle to operate and to keep you safe while doing so. Unfortunately, because there are so many parts and moving pieces within a car, there are also plenty of opportunities for something to malfunction and cause serious injury.
Some of the more common types of motor vehicle defects our Shreveport personal injury lawyers at the Greenwald Law Firm see include:
- Seatbelt defects
- Tire defects
- Airbag defects
- Steering wheel defects
- Brake defects
- Window/windshield defects
- Fuel pump defects
- Headlight/taillight defects
- And other defects
Causes of Automobile Defects
Most often, car defects and malfunctions occur in the initial product design stage or the manufacturing stage. However, they may also be the result of the company’s failure to warn consumers. When there proves to be a design defect of the vehicle, this means that all makes and models of that vehicle likely have the same inherent flaw. Companies may opt for a cheaper material or design process in order to cut costs, but as you might imagine, decisions like these can inevitably lead to disaster. If an alternative design could have prevented your accident/injury, the parties responsible for the vehicle’s design may be held legally liable.
In other cases, manufacturing defects might be responsible for your injuries. If a manufacturer failed to take proper measures in assembling the vehicle–such as failing to tighten bolts, for example–it is the product manufacturers who may be held responsible. If the design and manufacturing process were both conducted properly and with consumer safety in mind BUT the company failed to provide adequate safety warnings about a certain dangerous quality regarding the vehicle, this may also be grounds for a product liability lawsuit.
Your product liability attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into your claim to determine whether design defects, manufacturing defects, or a company’s failure to warn is what led to your injuries. They will also fight to make sure the appropriate party is held accountable for the role they played in your case.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Defective Auto Parts Leading to Injury?
When consumers place their trust in products, especially those as expensive and intricately designed as automobiles, it can be far more than just a letdown when something goes wrong. Serious injuries and even fatalities can result. If this happens to you or a loved one, you are entitled to take legal action against the liable party (or rather, liable parties). Under the Louisiana Products Liability Act, claimants may be successful in filing a defective product lawsuit if they are able to meet the burden of proof as provided in R.S. § 9:2800.54.
When a defective product of any kind is responsible for numerous people’s injuries, they may be able to join in what is called a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits may involve thousands of plaintiffs across various jurisdictions, which can essentially help the injured plaintiffs level up against massive corporations. Attorney Joseph Greenwald of the Greenwald Law Firm is not only equipped to handle individual claims, but he is also a renowned Louisiana class action attorney. Regardless of which route you choose, if defective products caused you or someone you love harm, seek the legal assistance of Attorney Greenwald as soon as possible to ensure you get the most out of your claim.
What Damages are Available for Defective Auto Parts Lawsuits?
In terms of compensation, product liability cases are the same as any general personal injury claim. This means when you file a defective product liability lawsuit, your attorney will fight to recover both economic and non-economic damages on your behalf. Economic damages are measurable financial losses, including things like medical expenses (present AND future medical bills), lost wages, loss of earning potential, property damage, and more.
When product defects cause serious injury, victims may also suffer mental/emotional losses. Non-economic damages are intended to compensate the victim for these losses, which include things like pain and suffering, mental duress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, and more.
Shreveport Product Liability Attorney for Car Defects
When you or someone you love has been injured from a defective product, whether that’s due to malfunctioning medical devices, motor vehicle parts, appliances, construction equipment, or any other consumer product, you have a right to obtain compensation for your injuries through a Louisiana products liability claim. If you think you may have a product liability case for defective auto parts, the Shreveport defective product lawyers at Greenwald Law Firm are here to help.
Attorney Joseph W. Greenwald, Jr. has successfully handled all kinds of personal injury cases throughout Shreveport and Northwest Louisiana as a whole, and as such, he knows what it takes to ensure the responsible party is held liable while fighting for maximum compensation on your behalf. To speak with our experienced LA product liability attorneys at Greenwald Law Firm, contact us online or give us a call at 318-219-7867 today.