When a fatal product liability accident occurs, the relatives of the victim are often left to deal with many emotional and financial challenges. Wrongful death lawsuits offer an avenue with which these families can address these issues, as they can provide compensation for both financial injuries and emotional losses. At Bart Durham Injury Law, we help the families of Tennessee victims understand the details of wrongful death litigation so that they can make an informed decision on pursuing this legal option.
Product liability law is concerned with ensuring the safety of consumers. Under these rules, manufacturers, distributors and other parties can be held liable for designing, manufacturing or selling products that suffer from dangerous defects. To succeed in a wrongful death suit based on product liability, victims’ families must establish that a defect existed or that the product did not bear adequate labeling or warnings. In addition, plaintiffs must show that the product caused harm when used.
Compensation may be awarded to victims’ families for specific, quantifiable financial losses. These can include all related medical expenses for the deceased and address the family’s loss of the deceased’s income.
According to Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute, a person who files a wrongful death suit may also be able to receive compensation for loss of consortium. Under such a claim, the spouses of the deceased victims can argue that they should be compensated for the loss of a family relationship.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal product liability accident and would like to get a better understanding of your legal options, please visit our page on product liability.