Who is Liable for a Defective Product?

Who Should be Held Responsible for a Defective Product?

Product liability is when a manufacturer or seller is being held liable for placing a defective and unreasonably dangerous product into the hands of a consumer.

If a product defect causes injury, the responsibility falls with the sellers of the product. The law requires that no product should cause injury when used in a foreseeable manner or even if it is misused in a reasonably foreseeable manner. Similarly, a manufacturer who sells an unreasonably dangerous product is not entitled to expect others to make it safe (buyers and users). Liability for a product defect could include any party in the product’s chain of distribution for instance:

  • The product manufacturer
  • A manufacturer of component parts
  • A party that assembles or installs the product
  • The wholesaler
  • The retail store that sold the product

Victims of product injuries should be supported after suffering the consequences arising from the negligent actions of liable companies.
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What Does a Product Liability Lawyer Do?

An experienced product liability lawyer can help you figure out exactly who is responsible for your injuries and how a claim should be managed from the date of the incident through recovery.

Handling claims of serious and even minor injuries can be complicated and it involves contact with numerous entities, including insurance companies, employers, and medical providers.

Defective products claim thousands of lives every year in addition to causing injury to thousands of people each year in Wisconsin.
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Should I Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?

If you have been injured by a defective product, get the guidance you need from an experienced product liability lawyer to help you navigate the unfamiliar legal territory. A product liability lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve and prevent the product from injuring other people.

Habush Personal Injury Lawyers

Attorney Tim Trecek

Tim Trecek is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary). He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seat belts, seats and structural integrity), construction accidents, misfilled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snow blowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents. In 2020, he obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, when a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver’s seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra. (See News Story) 

Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.