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Explaining the concept of privity of contract

The general assumption amongst most in Bozeman may be that if a company makes a product that, further down the line of the product's lifecycle, injures someone, then the manufacturer is ultimately responsible. That is what many of those who come to us here ay Cok Kinzler PLLP believe. If you or a family member have been injured due to a product defect, then you will likely want to know how far manufacturer liability goes in compensating cases such as yours.

Understanding the concept of market share liability

Most in Bozeman may assume that product liability cases generally play out as follows: One is injured by a product, then sues that product’s manufacturer. Yet what if one cannot identify a dangerous product’s exact manufacturer? Is he or she then left without any legal recourse?

Understanding implied warranties

Like many of those in Bozeman that we here at Cok Kinzler PLLP have worked with, you may believe that you are protected from any harm or damage that a product you own may cause through its warranty. Many products do indeed come with an express warranty, or promises written into a sales contract. However, not every aspect of a product’s performance may be covered under an express warranty. Does that mean you are not protected in circumstances not specifically addressed a warranty?

Metal fragments in smokeless tobacco cans prompts recall

Many in Bozeman may wonder how it is that the manufacturers of products that have been shown to present the potential for harm to consumers (such as products containing tobacco or alcohol) are able to avoid liability for their use. The reason why is that such companies meet the standard of warning consumers about the possible dangers their products pose. Including warnings on cigarette packs or marketing alcohol with phrases encouraging people to drink responsibly serves to inform consumers, who then may be viewed as accepting a product’s risks. However, manufacturers may not be immune from blame for other factors which may cause these products to harm users.

Defining proximate cause

Injuries caused by defective products in Bozeman can be life-altering, causing drastic changes to a victim’s as well as his or her family’s lifestyle and even potentially prohibiting him or her from ever being able to secure sufficient employment. When this is the case, accident victims may look to the possibility of earning compensation through legal action against the manufacturers of the dangerous products involved in their cases as a way to offset their financial losses. Indeed, data compiled by the Insurance Information Institute shows the average jury award for product liability cases to have been $5.27 million in 2014, more than twice the average of the next most-cited form of negligence.

What is strict liability?

If you and your family are forced to suffer through the death of a loved one in an aviation accident in Bozeman, your first thought may be to assign the fault for the incident to the pilot. What if, however, it is proven that a defect in the aircraft itself contributed to the crash? Does liability now shift from the pilot to the company that owned the craft, or the one that manufactured it?

Assigning liability when nursery products injure children

Parents of newborns and toddlers in Bozeman no doubt go to great lengths to ensure their nursery products are safe. Yet no amount of product research can eliminate the dangers that certain items may pose to infants. Should a baby or toddler be injured or killed by a nursery product, one might inevitably question who is to blame.

Why are drugs recalled?

Like most in Bozeman, you take prescription or over-the-counter medications expecting some sort of medical benefit. One can only imagine the panic you must feel if you find out that one of the medications that you take has been recalled. Your first thought may be to assume to the worst, that being that you will inevitably experience major medical complications. Yet that is not always the case. So before you get too worried about how a recalled drug is going to affect you, it may help to first understand why medications are recalled.  

What should you do if you own food that has been recalled?

If you are like most in Bozeman, you may go to the grocery store expecting that the products that you are buying are safe for consumption. In most cases, they are. However, food recalls happen frequently enough in the U.S. to warrant your attention. The Food Safety and Inspection Service reports over 21.1 million pounds of food were recalled in America last year alone. To best avoid falling victim to potentially contaminated food, it may be important for you know what to do should you discover that a food product you own has been recalled.

Determining if tire blowouts were due to defects

Nothing may be more frightening to experience than having a tire blowout while driving on Bozeman’s roads and highways. Many of those that we at Cok Kinzler PLLP work with following car accidents may often attribute the cause of their accidents to blowouts. Their beliefs may be warranted, given that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed tire failure as the cause of more than 78,000 accidents studied in a 2012 report. If you too were involved in an accident due to tire failure, your immediate question may be is can the tire manufacturer be held liable. The simple answer is yes. Unfortunately, such simplicity may not be present in your accident.

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