Consumer, like yourself, place trust in companies and manufacturers of medical devices, prescription drugs, and other products to ensure their products are safe for commercial use. Unfortunately, often these companies fail to produce properly tested, safe, products and people wind up injured or killed. If you or a loved one was injured by due to a defective product and you wish to sue, identifying the companies liable for your injuries is the next step in your product liability claim. At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., our Kansas City product liability lawyer can help you determine who is liable in your product liability case.
Determining who is liable for your injury can be a difficult and complex process, however, doing so is extremely important because identifying all responsible parties increases your chances of getting a full recovery. At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we encourage our clients to include all parties along the chain of distribution. The chain of distribution is the journey the product takes from manufacturer to distribution, to retail, to customers.
The manufacturer of the product which harmed you is the one at the beginning of the chain of distribution. Manufacturers can be large corporations or small, entrepreneurial businesses. If you were injured by a defective medical product that was part of a larger medical device, you could bring a claim against the manufacturer of both the part that harmed you and the manufacturer of the rest of the medical device. Often in defective or danger drug claims, manufacturers of these products are foreign corporations. You might wonder if it is possible to file a claim against foreign manufacturers. If our Kansas City product liability lawyers discover that the companies responsible for your injuries are foreign, it does not thwart our ability to file a claim.
While the store where you purchased the product did not manufacture it, they can still be held liable for selling customers defective products. In product liability cases, there is often more than one defendant. When determining retailer liability, it is important to note that you do not have to be the buyer of the product to hold the retailer responsible. For example, if you were injured by a defective over-the-counter drug which was given to you by a friend, you could still name the retailer as a defendant in your defective product claim.
Distributors and wholesalers are the “middlemen” of the product industry. Like the manufacturers and retailers mentioned above, wholesalers and distributors can also be held liable for your injuries. Uncovering these companies can be difficult. However, you can rest assured knowing our legal team of Kansas City product liability attorneys can work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure all responsible parties in the chain of distribution are uncovered.
When you choose to be represented by Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., you are working with a legal team dedicated to adhering to the highest standards of integrity and customer service. Our firm feels everyone should have access to legal representation if he or she suffered injury due to a defective product which is why we offer our services on a contingency fee basis. You don’t pay us anything until after we have won your case. While we are based in Kansas City our lawyers can travel anywhere to discuss your product liability case.
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