Press Release (ePRNews.com) - FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Nov 04, 2017 - Tom Metier, of the Metier Law Firm, obtained a $52 million judgment in a personal injury case involving a car accident and product liability. This landmark judgment and the unique challenges of the case are detailed in the November 2017 issue of Trial Magazine, published by the American Association for Justice. The biggest obstacle, according to Tom Metier, was presenting the case to millennials. The magazine article explores Mr. Metier’s strategies for connecting with this group and reinforcing the severity of the injuries involved.
The individual represented by Mr. Metier suffered injuries causing permanent disability due to both driver negligence and auto defects. The judgment ranked among the top 100 verdicts for 2016, according to National Law Journal’s VerdictSearch.
Car accidents most often result from the negligence of one or more parties. Often, the failure of a driver to exercise the care and caution that a reasonable driver would exercise under like conditions and circumstances leads to a collision. However, in some situations, the at-fault driver is not the only accountable party.
Product liability is a theory of law in which manufacturers and distributors can be held liable when a product they manufacture or distribute causes injury. In the case of car accidents, a safety device may have a design or manufacturing defect, causing the failure of that device and injuries which otherwise would not have occurred had the product worked as intended. When this happens, manufacturers are generally held liable for the injuries and damages. Product liability cases usually apply the theory of strict liability. This means that all that is needed to prove liability is that the product was defective and the defect caused injury or property damage.
In jurisdictions that apply joint and several liability, if one or more parties are found to be liable for an accident, one party may be responsible for the full amount of damages if the other party cannot pay. In a car accident case involving a negligent driver and a defective product, the manufacturer and distributor of the product may be on the hook for more than their share of the damages if the negligent driver’s insurance and assets do not cover their share of the damages.
About the Metier Law Firm
The Metier Law Firm of Colorado understands how devastating a personal injury can be to victims and their families. Even though every accident case is different, the consequences are similar. The firm uses innovative trial techniques and strategies, and handles all cases as if they will go to trial. Tom Metier is a dedicated personal injury litigation attorney who is dedicated to compassionate representation of clients whose lives have been irreparably altered by accidents and product defects. For more information, contact our law firm; for marketing information, contact MediaSmack.
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