Columbus Product Liability Lawyer

When an unsafe product causes an injury in Columbus, Ohio, the manufacturer has to be held accountable. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to call Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC if you or a loved one has been injured. You have rights, and our experienced Columbus product liability lawyers can help you fight for the justice you deserve.

Since 2007, Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC has helped injured consumers and grieving families stand up to companies responsible for unsafe products and life-changing trauma. Our award-winning legal team has over 71 years of combined experience and an unrivaled ability to win. Our results speak volumes, with hundreds of millions in damages recovered.

Force a fair fight by putting our top-rated personal injury law firm in your corner. Contact our law office in Columbus, OH, today to learn more at (614) 587 8423. Your first consultation is free.

How Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC Can Help If You’ve Been Harmed by a Defective Product in Columbus, OH

How Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC Can Help If You’ve Been Harmed by a Defective Product in Columbus, OH

Taking on a manufacturer – whether a big company or a small one – can be intimidating. Fortunately, you do not have to go down this road on your own. In fact, asking for help is one of the best moves you can make. Hiring an experienced Columbus personal injury lawyer can help you level the playing field against powerful corporations and set the stage for a meaningful financial recovery.

When you choose Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC, you put a team of award-winning Ohio litigators in your corner. We understand that you have a single shot at getting the compensation you deserve, and our law firm is prepared to put the full force of its experience, resources, and knowledge behind your legal claim.

Count on us to:

  • Carefully investigate the circumstances of your product liability claim
  • Bring in experts to help us establish how the product was defective, how it could have been made safer, and prove the manufacturer’s liability
  • Analyze evidence we recover during the discovery process, including product designs and specifications, other consumer complaints, government or company recalls, video footage, and more
  • File all legal claims and documents with the local court and/or insurance company on your behalf
  • Represent your best interests during settlement negotiations 
  • Reject anything less than the best possible settlement offer and bring your product liability lawsuit to trial, if necessary

Our product liability attorneys in Columbus work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t pay for our help unless we win compensation for your product liability claim.

Reach out to our legal team in Columbus, OH, with questions and to set up a time for your free, no-obligation case assessment. We’re available to take your call 24 hours a day.

What is Product Liability?

There’s no way to independently verify that every product sold in Ohio is safe for consumers to use. So, the state has passed certain consumer protection laws that encourage companies to take extra steps to ensure product safety.

If an unsafe product causes a consumer’s injury or death, the company responsible for that product can be strictly liable for resulting damages.

Strict liability means that the consumer (or the consumer’s surviving family member) won’t have to prove the company was negligent in how it created or distributed the product. Rather, the company is automatically on the hook if its product is proven to be defective and harmful. 

What Are the Three Main Types of Product Liability Claims?

There are many grounds on which a product liability lawsuit can be based, including negligence and breach of warranty. Specifically, however, there are three main types of product liability claims, each involving a different type of defect.

Defective Design

Products are said to have a defective design when they are inherently unsafe because of their design. It won’t matter how much care is put into its assembly or construction or what warnings are provided. A consumer’s health and safety will be in jeopardy because of how the product was conceived.

Manufacturing Defect

A product suffers from a manufacturing defect when it becomes dangerous because of the way it was put together or built. In some situations, a manufacturing defect can affect a single item. Other times, an entire line of production is derailed because of an error.

Marketing Defect (Failure to Warn)

Companies often do a lot of tests to see how products work and if there are any potential hazards. In Ohio, companies are legally required to disclose these risks to consumers. When a company fails to warn a consumer of a known risk (or of a risk that should be known), it can be liable for resulting injuries or deaths.

Representing Consumers Injured By All Types of Defective Products in Columbus

In 2022, more than 12 million Americans were treated for injuries caused by consumer products. While safe products can also cause harm, defects increase the risk of injury or death.

At Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we advocate for consumers who have been injured by all types of defective products, including:

  • Personal care products
  • Household appliances
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Household chemicals
  • Power tools
  • Lawn equipment
  • Heavy machinery
  • Construction equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Vehicle safety equipment, including airbags, seat belts, and helmets
  • Toys and children’s products
  • Medical devices
  • Prescription medication
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Clothing
  • Furniture

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team in Columbus to discuss the details of your product liability claim. Our experience can make a world of difference as you fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

What Damages Can I Recover If I’ve Been Hurt By a Defective Product in Columbus, Ohio?

As an injured consumer in Columbus, Ohio, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue compensatory damages through an insurance claim or lawsuit.

Compensatory damages include both economic and non-economic awards, each of which serves a different purpose.

Economic damages help you cover accident and injury-related costs, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Nursing care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages help you deal with trauma related to being an accident victim, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Chronic physical pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Disability
  • Inconvenience
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Embarrassment

There are times when a jury may decide that punitive damages are also appropriate. In Ohio, a jury must find clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with “malice or aggravated or egregious fraud.” For instance, a jury might award punitive damages if there’s evidence that a company knew about a dangerous risk associated with a product’s use but hid it rather than shared it with consumers. 

The manufacturer will work hard to downplay your injuries and losses. Our Columbus product liability attorneys won’t let them control the terms of your case. With the help of industry experts and specialists, we’ll build a compelling case that forces meaningful settlement talks. If you aren’t offered a fair settlement, our accomplished Ohio trial attorneys will be more than ready to bring your case to a jury.

Defective Products Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries

Our Columbus personal injury attorneys are here to help you pursue compensation for any and all injuries you suffer because of a defective product, including:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Crushing injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Concussion injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash 
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Leg injuries
  • Amputation injuries
  • Degloving injuries
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death of a family member

Do not hesitate to seek medical treatment right away after an accident. The rush of adrenaline you experience may mask symptoms of injuries and trauma. Getting to the closest hospital in Columbus can help to ensure that your injuries are properly treated and diagnosed without delay. Your visit will also generate a medical record that will be instrumental in helping you prove your product liability case.

How Long Will I Have to File an Ohio Product Liability Lawsuit?

Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations that applies to most product liability lawsuits. The two-year period begins to run on the date you suffer an injury. 

You may have additional time to pursue compensation, thanks to the state’s discovery rule. The statute of limitations won’t run until you reasonably discover you’ve been injured. However, there won’t be unlimited time to take action. The state’s statute of repose limits litigation for product liability lawsuits to 10 years from the date a product is first sold.

Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Columbus Product Liability Lawyer

If you’ve been injured because of an unreasonably unsafe product in Columbus, Ohio, don’t hesitate to call Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC. As a consumer, you have rights. Our award-winning Columbus product liability attorneys can help you take on the manufacturer and fight to make things right.

Choose us and put a top-rated team with over 71 years of combined experience in your corner. We’ve helped clients win hundreds of millions in damages, and now we’re ready to help you win top results, too.

Contact our Columbus law office today to learn more. Your initial case assessment is free.