When you purchase an item, the last thing you expect is to spend your hard-earned money to get injured by a defective product. Whether you’ve bought a brand-new car or a pasta-making machine, you deserve to be compensated for the defective product you’ve brought into your home, and any injuries you may have suffered because of it.

Unsure how to spot a product liability case? Here’s what you need to know. 

The Product Has a Defect 

There are countless types of product defects that can result in injuries, but they generally fall into these three categories:

  • Design Defects Design defects are present in the product from its conception. The person who created the product either failed to foresee the consequences of one of the product’s design elements or knew about the potential hazard and chose not to fix it, often to save money.
  • Manufacturing Defects – Issues that occur in the process of creating or assembling a product are manufacturing defects. In this case, the design is solid, but the way the product is put together is faulty.
  • Marketing Defects – Marketing flaws often revolve around insufficient information. This can include labels that are incorrectly placed or written, instructions that are too brief or too confusing, or insufficient safety warnings.

Your Injuries Were Caused by a Product Defect

When you purchase a product, you expect that product to function as it has been advertised to you. If the instructions, packaging, or labels don’t warn you of certain dangers, your unawareness could cause a serious injury. 

When those injuries were caused because a product was defective, you may have options to sue. These injuries may have long-term impacts, including accruing medical bills and lost wages over time, and you should be compensated for these damages. 

The key component of all of these cases is that, even if the person using the product is following all of the instructions properly, the product still causes injury, because it’s fundamentally defective.

You’re Within State Time Limits

Every case is different, but generally speaking, you have four years from the date of your injury to file a product liability case in Wyoming. This is called a statute of limitations.

Things can quickly become complicated, depending on who designed the product, who manufactured it, who distributed it, and who sold it. Oftentimes, these different parts of the supply chain are not in the same state. Sometimes, they aren’t even in the same country. It is always wise to contact an attorney to help you navigate the complexities of interstate cases.

Take Your Product Liability Case to a Lawyer 

If you or someone you love have suffered an injury due to a defective product in Wyoming, don’t wait to explore your options. Craig Swapp & Associates understands how scary it can be to experience unexpected injuries due to the negligence of someone else and offer free case consultations. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call 1-800-404-9000 or complete the following online contact form today to connect with an attorney.

Written By: Ryan Swapp     Legal Review By: Craig Swapp