Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their products don't pose an unreasonable danger to consumers. When manufacturers fail to thoroughly test a product or provide appropriate safety warnings, consumers can be injured or even killed as a result.
Consumers hurt by dangerous or defective products can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer to seek compensation for their injuries and related losses. However, actually obtaining a financial award in a product liability case can be more difficult than it sounds.
Product liability cases require plaintiffs to show that:
- The product in question was defective or unreasonably dangerous
- The defective or dangerous product injured the plaintiff
- The product's defective or dangerous nature was the direct cause of the plaintiff's injuries
Proving a product liability case can be challenging, as it often requires lawyers to communicate complex technical and scientific details to a jury made up of laymen. Sometimes this information can be as difficult for lawyers to explain as it is for juries to understand. In these instances, expert witnesses can help.
Armed with knowledge or proficiency that relates to the case, expert witnesses are specialists that can testify on a plaintiff's behalf, conveying complex scientific information to the jury in easy-to-digest layman's terms. The most effective expert witnesses are those who have previous courtroom experience and who can provide in-depth technical details about a defective or dangerous product without confusing the jury.
Common types of expert witnesses used in product liability cases include:
- Ergonomics engineers
- Metallurgical engineers
- Biomechanical engineers
- Mechanical engineers
- Civil engineers
- Medical experts
- Rehabilitation specialists
Product Liability Lawyers You Can Trust
If you were injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. Contact Holton Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your product liability claim. Our firm's experienced product liability lawyers can answer any questions you may have and recommend expert witnesses that may be beneficial to your case.