Damages That Can Be Collected From a Defective Products Lawsuit
When consumers purchase a product, they have the right to expect it to perform as advertised without causing any danger or harm. Unfortunately, defective products result in numerous personal injuries each year. In addition to physical losses, dangerous and defective products can cause emotional and financial damage.
The defective product attorneys at The Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City, OK, work with victims of defective product injuries to hold designers, manufacturers, marketers, or distributors liable for unsafe products. Here, we provide an overview of the types of damages that can be collected from a defective product lawsuit.
In any kind of lawsuit involving personal injury, medical expenses tend to make up a large portion of the compensatory damages. Defective products can cause a wide range of injuries, including burns; broken bones; head, neck, or back trauma; and internal damage. It is vital to keep track of all medical records and bills related to the treatment of defective product injuries. Liable parties should be held accountable for all related medical expenses, which may include:
- The cost of hospitalization
- Cost of an ambulance or other emergency transportation
- Surgical costs
- Cost related to past procedures, treatments, and doctor’s visits
- The anticipated cost of future procedures, treatments, and doctor’s visits
- Medication expenses
- Cost of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Cost of assistive medical devices or equipment (walker, crutches, wheelchair, etc.)
Depending on the type of defective product, property damage may occur. For instance, a defective automobile part is likely to cause significant damage to a person’s vehicle, while defective appliances could cause damage to a person’s home. Our Oklahoma City attorneys go after liable parties for the cost of repairing or replacing property damaged by a defective product.
When defective products result in injuries, the victim usually suffers wage losses. People may require time off work to attend doctor’s appointments, undergo treatment, and recover from their injuries. Severe injuries may lead to days, weeks, or months without work. Injury victims have the right to pursue compensation for all lost wages related to a defective product.
Diminished Wage-Earning Capacity
Some defective products cause catastrophic or life-altering injuries. If an injury leaves someone unable to return to their previous line of work, or incapable of returning to work altogether, compensatory damages should be rewarded for their diminished wage-earning capacity. In other words, victims have the right to be compensated for money they are unable to earn because of injuries.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering are losses that are not easily quantifiable, but injury victims have a right to be compensated for the physical and mental suffering caused by defective products. Our lawyers work hard to get our Oklahoma City clients the maximum compensation they are due for non-economic damages, which may be as high as $350,000.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, you may be due substantial compensation for your losses. To discuss your situation with the defective product attorneys at The Tawwater Law firm, send us a message online or call (405) 607-1400 and schedule a case review.