Defective Sport and Recreation Products
There is no question that sporting and recreational activities are an important part of American life. They offer an opportunity for young children to remain active and engaged with their friends outside of school. They also provide families with a way to bond and stay connected across generational boundaries.
While every such activity has some degree of inherent danger and risk of injury, the likelihood of harm escalates significantly in the presence of a defective product. Whether it is a failed piece of safety gear – such as a bike helmet or trigger safety – or other defectively designed or built equipment, you may be seriously hurt. Injuries of this kind can cause mental and physical suffering. You should not be held financially responsible for your recovery when you are injured by a defective product. The right legal advocate can help you build a case and hold the correct party responsible. You should focus on your recovery and let a seasoned legal partner care for your lawsuit.
Why do I Need a Lawyer After Being Injured by Defective Sports or Recreation Products?
Sports and recreation products must be manufactured with the strictest of safety standards. We rely on helmets, padding, guards and more to keep us safe while we play sports. We also depend on our equipment being properly labeled with warnings and cautions that we can evaluate before our use. The proper design and assembly of sports and recreation products is essential, without it, we are at risk of serious injury.
Establishing that your injury was caused by negligence or defects can be tricky and complex. While you or your loved one is recovering from injuries, the last thing you want to focus on is evidence gathering and studying the law. An attorney with experience that has been tested and proven is your best advocate. Working with a legal expert will bring you the most favorable outcome. It will also allow you to focus on recovering both mentally and physically from your injuries with peace of mind.
Why Should I Choose LaMarca Law Group, P.C.?
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C. we realize that sports and recreation are part of a balanced lifestyle. While all sports and activities have risks, these should not be enhanced by negligence. You should be able to trust that the equipment you use is safe and properly maintained. You should not have to suffer from pain and injuries caused by negligence for doing what you love. For decades, our firm has sought to protect the livelihood of citizens across the state of Iowa. Our firm and our attorneys have been highly decorated and recognized for our success. We have been ranked among The Best Lawyers in America® for our specialization in personal injury. Our firm is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, meaning we have won settlements over a million dollars for one of our clients. This is a prestigious group with fewer than 1% of lawyers in the U.S being members.
Depending upon the particular circumstances of your accident, it may be appropriate to file a lawsuit against the company whose negligence resulted in your injury. Defective sport and recreational products threaten people of all ages. Contact the Des Moines product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm they have done.
Injuries that May Result from Using Defective Sports or Recreation Products
In many different sports, there is a significant investment in protective equipment. Helmets, shoulder pads, knee guards, and athletic cups represent just a small sampling of the variety of devices that may be required. If they are improperly built or designed, they may not fulfill their functional intent. This may result in injuries that should have been prevented, or reduced in severity, including:
- Eye injuries
- Fractured bones
- Severe lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries (with malfunctioning sport weapons)
Who Can I Sue for My Injuries?
Filing a lawsuit after being injured by defective sports and recreation products is your right. If the injury resulted from negligence or defects, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to collect for damages, the right party must be held accountable. For injuries sustained from using defective sports and recreation equipment you may be able to sue the following parties:
- The manufacturer
- Companies who manufacture the components of the product
- Any party involved with the distribution of the product
These parties are responsible for delivering safe and trustworthy products to consumers. If they fail in that task, they can be held liable for the injuries you suffer during the use of their products. Understanding how and why these parties are responsible is the job for a strong legal team. If you or a loved one has been injured by defective sports and recreation equipment, call us today at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your product liability claim.
How Does Product Liability Work?
Defective products directly result in the death of thousands of Americans every year. Product liability laws are put in place to make sure consumers are protected. These laws hold manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of defective products responsible when those products end up in the hands of consumers. When injuries result, the victims are entitled to hold the responsible parties accountable by law. Lawsuits can be based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. To file a lawsuit, you do not need to be the purchaser or owner of the defective product. Manufacturers are responsible for designing safety standards for any foreseeable user.
There are three types of defects that can be the basis of a lawsuit. These include:
- Defective design
- Defective manufacturing
- Defective marketing
In order to collect compensation. It must be proven that there was a defect of some kind that made the product ‘unreasonably dangerous.’ Along with proving that the product was defective, it must be proven that the product was the direct cause of injury. If these things can be proven, then you or your loved one may be able to collect compensation for your injuries.
Let us help you to secure the financial compensation that you are due when defective sporting or recreational equipment has led to your injury. Contact the Des Moines product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.