If you’re taking legal action to recover for the injuries you’ve
sustained from a defective product, the first step is identifying who
is liable for your injuries. The person, or company, you hold accountable
may be named as defendants in your claim. From the moment the product
was designed to when you purchased it, some people or companies participated
in its production. To help identify who is liable, you’ll need to
look at the chain of distribution. In this blog, our
Oneonta product liability attorney explains who you can hold accountable for your injuries.
The manufacturer is the first link in a product’s chain of distribution,
and it can range from a small-scale, locally-owned business to a national
or international corporation. In some cases, the product's defect
could be a small part of a larger product. If so, you’ll want to
include the manufacturer of the defective part, as well.
Although the store from which you purchased the product may not be solely
responsible for its defect, you can hold them responsible for selling
you the defective product in the first place. It’s important to
remember that this isn’t a question of naming someone a defendant
over the other – you can hold multiple people accountable for your injuries.
Wholesaler or Distributor
In between the product being manufactured and then sold to the retailer,
there are some “middlemen” who participate in the product’s
production. They can be wholesalers, distributors, or suppliers. Because
of their involvement, they can be held accountable for the defect and
therefore named as the defendant in your claim.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dangerous product, you
have a right to pursue justice with a dedicated legal team on your side.
Our firm is recognized as a Tier 1 metro area personal injury law firm by
U.S. News & World Report, and our Oneonta personal injury lawyers are among the prestigious Bar
Register of Preeminent Lawyers. To learn how we can help, call (607) 229-1885
today or fill out our online form to
request a free consultation.