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What Are My Rights After Being Injured by a Dangerous  Product?

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By Hannah Rush
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If you have been injured by a dangerous product, it is important to understand your legal rights. You may have a case against the manufacturer for damages. The company must take reasonable steps to prevent the harm caused by its product, but if the company does not, consumers may have rights to compensation.

Product liability law has evolved from caveat emptor to strict liability. Strict liability holds manufacturers accountable for injuries caused by dangerous products. A plaintiff must demonstrate that the product was defective or unreasonable dangerous, and that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the dangers before selling it.

In addition to monetary damages, you may also receive compensation for pain and suffering. Although pain and suffering are intangible, it is often hard to put a dollar value on, lawyers look to similar cases to determine the fair award. The amount of compensation for pain and suffering varies widely from case to case. It is worth keeping in mind that pain and suffering is subjective, and the amount awarded will depend on the severity of your injuries.

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