If you have been injured by a defective or unreasonably dangerous product, you may need an experienced Connecticut products liability lawyer. Our team of lawyers has handled products liability cases for years including claims involving:
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Under Connecticut’s products liability law, any seller of a defective product may be fully liable for any harm caused by a product even if they had no knowledge of the defective condition. Connecticut allows for strict liability for harm caused by a defective product. In other words, an injured person can sue and recover for damages against anyone who sells, leases, or licenses a defective product even if they are not negligent.
Anyone using a defective product who suffers personal injury or property damages may recover money damages. You do not have to be the one who bought the product in order to pursue a product liability claim in Connecticut so long as the use is reasonably foreseeable by the product seller.
Connecticut’s Products Liability Act (sometimes referred to as the CPLA) is found at Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 52-572m et seq. which provides:
(a) "Product seller" means any person or entity, including a manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor or retailer who is engaged in the business of selling such products whether the sale is for resale or for use or consumption. The term "product seller" also includes lessors or bailors of products who are engaged in the business of leasing or bailment of products.
(b) "Product liability claim" includes all claims or actions brought for personal injury, death or property damage caused by the manufacture, construction, design, formula, preparation, assembly, installation, testing, warnings, instructions, marketing, packaging or labeling of any product. "Product liability claim" shall include, but is not limited to, all actions based on the following theories: Strict liability in tort; negligence; breach of warranty, express or implied; breach of or failure to discharge a duty to warn or instruct, whether negligent or innocent; misrepresentation or nondisclosure, whether negligent or innocent.
(c) "Claimant" means a person asserting a product liability claim for damages incurred by the claimant or one for whom the claimant is acting in a representative capacity.
(d) "Harm" includes damage to property, including the product itself, and personal injuries including wrongful death. As between commercial parties, "harm" does not include commercial loss.
(e) "Manufacturer" includes product sellers who design, assemble, fabricate, construct, process, package or otherwise prepare a product or component part of a product prior to its sale to a user or consumer. It includes a product seller or entity not otherwise a manufacturer that holds itself out as a manufacturer.
Personal Injury damages may be recovered as well as damages for wrongful death, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering and many other categories. Liability may attach to sellers of defective products if there are defects in:
Connecticut products liability law provides that defendants who design, manufacture or sell a defective product and are shown to act with reckless disregard for the safety of the public, may be liable to pay punitive damages. The law provides as follows:
“Punitive damages may be awarded if the claimant proves that the harm suffered was the result of the product seller's reckless disregard for the safety of product users, consumers or others who were injured by the product. If the trier of fact determines that punitive damages should be awarded, the court shall determine the amount of such damages not to exceed an amount equal to twice the damages awarded to the plaintiff .” Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 52-240b.
Our Team of experienced product liability lawyers is ready to help you with your product liability case today. Call us to get us working to investigate and pursue recovery for you if the law is on your side based on the evidence. Toll Free 866-217-8995.