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Product Liability

Ryan & Wilkes, P.C. has obtained compensation in a broad range of defective and dangerous product cases. We have the demonstrated litigation prowess and the resources to invest in experts needed to hold manufacturers accountable for serious injuries resulting from the negligent design and failure of their products.

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Based in Bay Minette, Alabama, Mark D. Ryan represents clients of Baldwin County and the surrounding counties of southwest Alabama in product liability lawsuits. In 12 years of practice, he has successfully sued manufacturers in a variety of cases.

A Record of Success in Product Liability
Most claims involve a design defect (inherent flaw) or a manufacturing defect. These could be injuries or wrongful death caused by dangerous workplace machinery, home appliances or power tools, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats), auto defects, healthcare product defects, or any mass-produced or custom-manufactured product. Examples of cases we've settled or won at trial:

  • Permanent eye injury from a contaminated contact lens solution
  • Injuries from air bags that failed to deploy in a car crash
  • Roof crush injuries from structural failure in an SUV rollover

Ryan & Wilkes, P.C. also secured damages in two cases of ingestion of foreign objects resulting from negligent food preparation, by successfully arguing a breach of implied warranty under the Uniform Commercial Code that the food was fit for consumption:

  • A restaurant patron ingested a metal sliver in his food, requiring surgical removal. We sued both the restaurant owner and the manufacturer of the kitchen brush that shed the wire sliver.
  • We won damages for another client who ingested rat teeth in her restaurant food.

Liability of Manufacturers in Alabama
Consumers and workers injured by defective products are protected by a series of judicial rulings known as the Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine (AEMLD). To collect damages, the plaintiff must prove:

1) That the product was negligently designed or manufactured (i.e., harmful if used as intended or in a reasonable way),
2) That the defect was the proximate cause of the injury, and
3) That a safer design was available to the manufacturer that would have avoided the injury.

At Ryan & Wilkes, P.C., we demonstrate liability for serious injuries by investing in engineering and manufacturing experts, medical specialists, and other experts who can explain how the manufacturer was negligent and who can link the injury to the dangerous product.

We prepare a claim for damages that covers:

  • Medical expenses and future medical needs
  • Lost wages and lost income potential
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Property damages

Product liability cases often settle once we present convincing evidence of negligence. Other cases require a jury trial, where the manufacturer may accuse the victim of misusing or altering the product. Either way, we are prepared to aggressively assert your claim and fight for your full compensation. Contact our Bay Minette office today for a free consultation at 251-202-7580.

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Office Location

Ryan & Wilkes, P.C.

Orange Beach Office
27267 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Suite C202
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251-202-7580
Fax: 251-580-0655
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Post Office Box 528
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251-202-7580
Fax: 251-580-0655


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