Knoxville Product Liability Lawyers
Personal Injury Attorneys Representing Clients Throughout East Tennessee
Consumers trust that manufacturers, distributors, and those who design products to conduct sufficient testing to ensure these items work safely and as intended. While most products work properly, many do not. This is where an area of the law known as “product liability” serves to protect consumers in the event a product is unreasonably dangerous or injures a consumer. As the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, the Knoxville product liability lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have the resources and capabilities necessary to handle complex and technical product liability cases and fight for the rights of innocent consumers.
Bringing a Products Liability Claim in Tennessee
Generally speaking, there are three basic types of defective products: defectively manufactured products, defectively designed products, and products that fail to provide adequate warnings or instructions. A consumer injured at the hands of a defective product possesses different legal rights depending on what state the lawsuit takes place in. Under the Tennessee Products Liability Act of 1978, for example, a manufacturer or seller of a product is liable for any injury to a person or property caused by a product that is either in a defective condition or is unreasonably dangerous. A product is in a defective condition if it is unsafe for normal or anticipated handling and consumption. The Tennessee Products Liability Act of 1978 is codified at Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-28-101.
Courts in Tennessee may consider a number of factors in determining whether a product was defective. For example, courts consider the scientific and technical knowledge available to the manufacturer at the time the product was placed on the market, in addition to the customary designs, methods, standards, and techniques of manufacturing, inspecting, and testing by other manufacturers or sellers of similar products. Due to their nature and complexity, many product liability actions can result in class action lawsuits and multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court. If a product results in a loved one passing away, Tennessee’s wrongful death laws will apply as well. You should consult a product liability attorney in the Knoxville area who can guide you through the complexities of your situation.
In determining whether a product is unreasonably dangerous, courts often look to one of two tests: the consumer expectations test or the prudent manufacturer test. The consumer expectations test analyzes the reasonable expectations of consumers. Under the prudent manufacturer test, a manufacturer or seller is liable when a reasonably prudent manufacturer with knowledge of a product’s risks would not have placed the product on the market.
If you have suffered any injuries as a result of a defective product, you may be legally entitled to recover compensation for damages suffered as a result. Compensatory damages come in two basic forms: economic and non-economic. Economic damages include more easily quantifiable items, such as property damages, lost income or employment opportunities, and past and present medical expenses from facilities such as Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Parkwest Medical Center, and East TN Children’s Hospital. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, include damages like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. In addition, for particularly egregious behavior such as fraud or intentional misrepresentation, a jury may award punitive damages in an effort to deter future wrongdoing. Representing victims in Knoxville and beyond, our product liability lawyers regularly investigate all potential sources of recovery and pursue all forms of damages to which our clients may be entitled to recover.
Discuss Your Product Liability Case with an Experienced Attorney Today
Examples of defective products include poorly designed air bags, unsafe equipment, defective auto parts, dangerous drugs, and prescription drugs whose labels fail to properly warn of adverse side effects. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective product, contact NST to speak with one of our dedicated Knoxville product liability attorneys. We have over 30 years handling personal injury cases across the Volunteer State, including in Knoxville, Memphis, Jackson, Chattanooga, and Nashville. Having already recovered over $1.5 billion compensation for our clients, we know what competent representation entails. To set up a free consultation with a lawyer, call our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. After discussing your situation with one of our passionate attorneys, you will see why NST is the way to go if you need a personal injury lawyer in Knoxville.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.
Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz Personal Injury Attorneys
408 N. Cedar Bluff Road Suite 450
Knoxville, TN 37923