Consumer Rights and Defective Product Claims

Portland Defective Products

Dangerousdefective-products-consumer-rights-02 or defective products in Portland cause injury to countless consumers every year. As a consumer, if you have sustained an injury because of a defective product, then you may have a personal injury claim. Our legal code provides a lot of protection to consumers- in addition to holding product manufacturers liable for any negligence, consumers are protected by the concept of “strict liability” in defective products cases, thanks to the Consumer Protection Act. This page will address both of those concepts, as well as your statute of limitations for filing a defective products claim in Portland.

If you or a loved one were recently injured in an incident with defective products, we would urge you to call Dawson Law Group today at 503-919-1315 for a free phone consultation with a Portland defective products lawyer. A Portland defective products lawyer can help you today by answering your questions or giving you a free case evaluation. For more information about defective products claims, visit our Dangerous or Defective Product Claims page. For information from a Portland defective products lawyer answering common questions about defective product claims, visit our Defective Products FAQspage.

Understanding Negligence

defective-product-cases-01You may be entitled to collect damages from the responsible party (in most cases this would be the product’s manufacturer; in some cases the product’s retailer is also held liable) if you can prove that they breached a duty owed to you, that this breach of duty caused an injury, and that you suffered actual damages as a result of the injury.

An example of this would be if you bought a car that was not properly tested. If the car’s safety features did not deploy in an accident, causing you physical injury, then you could file a Portland personal injury claim under the theory of negligence, which, if successful could cover past and future medical bills, lost wages and lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

Strict Liability and Defective Products

Under the Consumer Protection Act, new protections for consumers were ushered in that holds manufacturers “strictly liable” for product defects that happened during the manufacturing process, regardless of the level of care the manufacturer showed during the manufacturing process.

Put simply, the concept of strict liability in relation to defective products claims means that plaintiffs will not have to prove negligence in order to win a defective product claim; they will only need to prove that a defect from a manufacturing error led to a situation that caused them to get injured. If you have questions about how the concept of strict liability might apply to your defective products claim, please talk to a Portland defective products lawyer today.

Statute of Limitations in Portland

Eachdefective-product-cases-03 dangerous or defective product claim’s statute of limitations may vary due to different circumstances. If you have not talked to an attorney yet, we would encourage you to talk to a Portland defective products lawyer as soon as possible to find out how much time you have before you are unable to file your claim anymore. Most defective products cases in Oregon have a statute of limitations of 2 years after the injury occurred, or 2 years after the day the injury was discovered (or should have reasonably been discovered.)

Talk To A Lawyer Today!

If you or a loved one were recently injured in an incident with a dangerous or defective product, we would encourage you to give Dawson Law Group a call today so you can talk with a Portland defective products lawyer. You can reach us at 503-919-1315, or by filling out the contact form below. For examples of common defective product cases, visit our Common Defective Product Claims page.