Last week, the Ford Motor Company announced that they were recalling 365,000 automobiles that were manufactured here in North America. This is the third recall that has been linked to exploding Takata airbags that have been attributed to at least 18 deaths.
Many civil cases revolve around the idea of corporate negligence. For this to be proven, it must first be shown that the company in question actually did owe a specific duty to the individual or individuals starting the suit. It then has to be shown that the duty was breached through negligence. Beyond that, the breach must then have caused some sort of harm to the other party.
Many products have been available to the public before it was realized that they pose a health risk to young children. Amid these findings, dangerous products are routinely subject to recalls and those affected by the danger often engage in class action lawsuits.
Getting food poisoning is an all-too-common ailment that is caused by eating contaminated food of some sort. Food poisoning can occur due to eating undercooked meat or by consuming contaminated food, for example. It can be very difficult to determine the exact cause of food poisoning because the initial symptoms may occur days after the consumption of the food.
Products are often the cause of harm to a person, even after they have gone through all of the necessary quality checks that are mandatory before they end up on the shelves. When this happens, the injury that incurs can often be serious. This is especially true when a young child has been injured by a toy, for example, or when an electrical product has a fault. Many people decide to exercise their right to file a claim to recoup damages in this situation. If this is the case, the question must be asked: Was it a design defect or a manufacturing defect?
Medical technologies have advanced patient care in many ways. But some have done just the opposite and contributed to patient injuries and an uptick in morbidity rates.
Most often when a person has been involved in a car accident, if there is a case, it will be a negligence claim aimed at another driver. However, sometimes, there is no person at the scene at fault, because the accident might have been caused by a car defect. In this case, you must prove that a vehicle manufacturer or seller was liable for a faulty product, and that the particular fault directly caused the crash.
You may have purchased a product that you later found to be dangerous, caused injury or was not what was promised to you. In this situation, it is common to want to file legal action to recover losses that may have been financial, physical or emotional.
When there is a large group of plaintiffs that was similarly harmed -- perhaps due to toxic exposure in a Minnesota neighborhood, or due to an investment fraud scheme perpetrated by a big bank -- a class action lawsuit was the traditional way to seek financial compensation for the victims. In recent decades, however, the mass tort litigation strategy proved to be an excellent strategy to try to get more money for the victims than would be possible otherwise.
A class action lawsuit is one in which multiple consumers work together to start a lawsuit, striving toward a common goal that they all share. Even if the lawsuit is initiated by one individual, it can be brought on behalf of many -- potentially thousands -- of other consumers.