Products Liability

September 26, 2018

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8:30 a.m.

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The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11:40 a.m. with a 10 minute break at mid-morning.

Mike Andrews
Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC

Aviation Litigation

In aviation, there is a smaller margin for error or product failure than most cases involving automobiles or other simpler products. Aviation litigation can be extremely complex and often involves determining the respective liability of manufacturers, maintainers, retrofitters, dispatchers, pilots and others. For lawyers to effectively present a case, they must acquire a basic, yet thorough understanding of aeronautics including aerodynamics forces, stability and control, in order to identify experts that can effectively testify before a judge or jury about the issues that determine liability. They must also be familiar with the numerous parts and systems that all must work together consistently in the right order, every time. Additionally, understanding rules and regulations, along with key defenses, is critical to a client’s case. The learning curve is steep; however, basic instruction on preserving evidence, insight into legal issues associated with aviation claims, and anecdotal instances of military and civilian crashes, like those shared in Mike’s book, Aviation Litigation & Accident Investigation, is a good starting point.

Chris Glover
Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC

Automotive Product Liability

The world of automotive product liability cases is changing quickly. The days of visually looking at a car to determine if the roof was crushed or the tire experienced a de-tread are quickly changing to require a knowledge of the computer systems that now operate our vehicles.  Autonomous cars and driver assist technology raise questions as to who is liable and what claims exist based on the failures of that technology.  This discussion will look at where we are today in the world of automotive product liability and a look at what the future holds for those claims. 

Kendall Dunson
Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC

On the Job Injuries (not workers comp)

Thousands of workers suffer serious injuries or are killed on the job as a result of defective industrial products every year. Many times when our lawyers are investigating a worker’s compensation case, they discover a defective industrial product is to blame. Although a state’s workers’ compensation system places limitations on the ability of employees to hold employers accountable for work-related injuries, many people do not realize that there may be another available source of recovery. If a product causes an on-the-job injury, a product liability suit may be brought against the product’s manufacturer. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries, deaths and amputations commonly occur from defective products found in the workplace. When a worker is seriously injured or killed on the job, it is important to look closely at the working environment, including the products or machines used onsite. Industrial products may include manufacturing equipment, farming equipment and construction equipment. Machinery may lack proper safety guards; safety instructions may not be properly posted or may be missing altogether. The industrial product may not be properly secured, or workers may have been instructed to use the product improperly. Beasley Allen attorneys help ensure that employers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.