Nashville Products Liability Attorneys
Serving people injured by defective products thoughout Tennessee
When you are injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may have a right to compensation. This is what is known as a product liability claim. Navigating these claims can be very complex, as there are multiple parties that may have to be held responsible depending on the nature of the defect. If you have been injured by a defective product, call the Nashville products liability attorneys at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm at 615-425-2500. We fight for you!
Manufacturing defect claims in Tennessee
Manufacturing defects are a more common occurrence than they should be. These products liability claims arise when there is an error on the production line or the item is poorly constructed. To be awarded compensation in manufacturing defect claims, your products liability attorney must prove that the defect happened before the item left the factory where it was produced.
Design defect claims in Tennessee
Flaws in the original blueprint of a product, causing it to be unreasonably dangerous or cheaply designed are examples of design defects. In these products liability claims, your attorney must prove that the designer knew about or should have anticipated serious injury resulting from the use of their product, or that the product was unreasonably dangerous to begin with.
An important question we ask ourselves before filing a design defect claim is could the item have been constructed differently to prevent injury? More often than not, the answer is yes. All too often, companies try to save a few dollars at the expense of consumers.
Failure to warn
It is quite amazing what a simple warning label can do to prevent injury and save lives. When a company fails to provide proper warning labels with their products and the failure to do so results in injury, a products liability lawsuit is almost sure to follow. Warning labels must be compliant with the standards set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These labels must inform the consumer of existing hazards and the risks involved, as well as how to avoid hazardous situations.
Car accidents caused by defective automobiles
The vast majority of auto accidents are caused by driver error, like speeding or texting while driving. Other accidents can be caused by a mechanical defect in the vehicle. The recent recalls of defective vehicles or parts are evidence of the auto makers trying to remedy the situation before an accident occurs.
The products liability attorneys at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm have experience helping our clients get justice when they have been injured in an auto accident caused by defective automobiles. From our law offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville, we put together aggressive strategies aimed at helping you obtain the compensation you need after a defective auto part caused your devastating car crash. We know the right expert witnesses to call on, and we know how to get justice for you.
What types of auto part defect cases do we handle?
There are many kinds of automotive defects that can cause or contribute to a crash. Defective tires blowout unexpectedly and cause an accident. Faulty airbags deploy and instead of cushioning the impact of the crash, cause injury to the driver from an internal explosion. Seatbelts that fail to restrain passengers in a crash, seat backs that collapse when there is an impact, and brakes that fail and cause a crash that could have been avoided. Here are some examples of car defect cases that we take on:
- Defective airbags
- Defective/failed seatbelts
- Defective tires
- Failed auto window glass
- Transmission failure
- Vehicle rollover
- Sudden unintended acceleration
- Gas tank fires
- Defective ignition switch
You trust that when you get into your car it is going to protect you and your passengers as you travel from place to place. Auto manufacturers have a duty to make sure that the parts they put into vehicles work properly and will not cause harm or injury to the people driving and riding in those vehicles. These defective parts can make what might have otherwise been a relatively minor accident into a severe accident that results in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, musculoskeletal injuries and even death.
When you have been injured in an accident that was either caused by or made worse because of a defective auto part you may be able to file a products liability lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses. Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has successfully represented people throughout Tennessee who were injured by defective products, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.
Automotive recalls for defective vehicles
Vehicle manufacturers can recall cars on their own because of a known defect, or at the direction of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused, or made more catastrophic because of an automotive defect, you may have grounds for a product liability claim against the manufacturer. The automaker and the NHTSA will publish information about the recall so that vehicle owners can get the affected vehicle repaired or replaced.
The fact that a defective vehicle or part is under recall does not automatically prove the manufacturer’s liability. The plaintiff is still required to prove that the product in their vehicle was defective, and that the defective part caused their injury. Additionally, issuing a recall does not absolve the automaker of responsibility for the damage that their product caused.
Which auto manufacturers have had recalls for defective vehicles?
This is not by any means an exhaustive list of car makers who have recalled vehicles for defects, or have defective products which have caused injuries. The following are a few examples of auto manufacturers that have had defective products:
- Mercedes Benz
- Fiat Chrysler
How can a Nashville car defect attorney help win my case?
When you are required to go up against a huge auto manufacturer and accuse them of making and selling a defective product and proving how it caused your injury, it can feel intimidating. An experienced Nashville auto defect attorney from the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with any of the big automakers and their lawyers or their insurance companies. We fight for you. We protect your right to recover compensation when your injury was a result of their negligent design, manufacturing or marketing.
Auto makers have a duty to produce products that are safe and effective for the driving public. When a defective vehicle or part rolls off their production floor and causes or contributes to an injury, it is our job to pursue justice for our clients. We investigate the accident and uncover evidence to support our claim that the defective part was responsible for the accident.
Our Nashville car defect lawyers offer free consultations, and we take cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay any attorney fees unless we win compensation for you.
We fight for you! Call us today for a free consultation.
If you have been injured by an unreasonably dangerous or defective product in Tennessee, call Rocky McElhaney Law Firm at 615-425-2500 or contact us online. Conveniently located on world famous Music Row in Nashville, our products liability attorneys represent clients throughout the state of Tennessee. We have the knowledge and resources to get you the compensation you deserve.