Products / Premises Liability

Des Moines Iowa Products and Premises Liability Attorney

Products Liability

If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, a products liability case can be filed against companies involved in the manufacturing and sale of the product, including the manufacturer of parts, an assembling manufacturer and the wholesaler, and sometimes the retail store owner. When a defective product causes injury to a consumer of the product, a products liability suit may be appropriate. Products are generally thought of as tangible personal property (automobiles, helicopters, airplanes, ladders, car seats, drugs, medical devices, farm equipment, and household products and appliances); however, products liability lawsuits have also been based on natural gas, pets, real estate and maps. Roxanne Conlin & Associates has the resources, knowledge, and experience needed to hold negligent manufacturers, distributors, and retailers liable for dangerous and defective products.

If you’ve suffered a serious injury due to a dangerous or defective product, contact Roxanne Conlin & Associates today, We regularly work with design engineers, toxicologists, materials experts, and other professionals in building our clients’ cases.

Dangerous and Defective Products

Roxanne Conlin & Associates represents clients injured due to the following:

  • Defective automotive design — SUV rollover, roof crush
  • Failed seat belt clasp
  • Electrical cord fires
  • Dangerous drugs — Vioxx, Bextra, OxyContin, Paxil, and others
  • Dangerous children’s toys — lead paint, parts that cause choking
  • Defective appliances
  • Improper warning labels
  • Toxic chemicals

Liability and Defective Products

In Iowa, a plaintiff in a products liability case must first prove that the product is defective. Product defect claims against a manufacturer or suppliers are based on design defects, manufacturing defects, and defects in marketing. Design defects exist before the product is manufactured. Manufacturing defects happen while the product is being constructed or produced. Marketing defects arise from improper instructions and failures to warn consumers about a dangerous aspect of the product. Proving that the product was defective is the most difficult and important aspect of a products’ liability lawsuit.

The Statute of Limitations in a Products Liability case is generally two years from the date of the injury.

Premises Liability

Premises liability cases arise from injuries occurring in residential and commercial buildings, shopping centers and parking facilities, hotels and casinos, amusement parks, airports, healthcare facilities, nightclubs and bars, as well as universities and public schools. The general rule of law is that the owner or operator of the premises has a duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition or at least warn customers of a dangerous condition which the owner or operator caused, knows about, or should know about.

Premises Liability — Case Summaries