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The Surprising Reasons Why So Many Defendants Are Named In Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Charles Gilman | May 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

When you are injured, initially, there is almost always more to the scene than meets the eye. When you pursue a personal injury case, details will often come to light that you did not anticipate. In fact, the party or parties that you initially believed to be the sole contributors to your injuries may, in fact, not be the only ones responsible for your injuries. You may notice that most personal injury cases actually name several defendants. This tactic is usually useful in finding the true source of negligence. Depending on the specifics of a case, it can be incredibly helpful to name a number of defendants at the start.

Types Of Cases Likely To Have Multiple Defendants

While naming several defendants is commonplace for most cases, there are some types of cases where it is of particular importance to hold more than one party responsible from the start. One example of this type of case is product liability. In general, it is always best to follow the chain of manufacturing and retail all the way to the top when you are injured by a defective product. For example, suppose you purchase a product at a retail goods store and this product is defective, and it ends up injuring you in some way. You first consult with an attorney and your attorney suggests a long list of defendants, from the retailer all the way through to the designer of the product. This is because it is possible that the product had been defective from the start beginning with its design. It is also possible that a defect occurred somewhere in the manufacturing of the product. The retailer may have known, or should have known about the defective product, and chose to sell it anyway. Because of these reasons, naming all possible defendants in product liability cases will help you and your attorney get to the root of the problem.

Another type of case where multiple defendants are likely to be named is vehicle accidents. Victims of vehicle accidents caused by negligence tend to be stuck with significant medical bills and the sky-high costs of repairing their vehicles. Drivers on the road are sometimes driving for work, for example, truck drivers and limousine services. When you are injured on the road, it may have been caused by a driver who is currently on the clock for work. The driver could have a poor driving record and their employer could have taken greater care in screening their employees. In these types of situations, there may be several named defendants. The driver, in addition to one or more companies such as the company responsible for screening and/or the company employing the driver, may be named as defendants.

How Will You Know What Defendants To Name?

When you are injured in any situation, the first thing you should do is speak to an attorney. Every case is different, and you may not know where to begin. Your attorney will help you choose which defendants to name, and the court of law will reveal who's negligent actions led to your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the experienced team at Gilman & Bedigian today.

About the Author

Charles Gilman

As managing partner and co-founder of Gilman & Bedigian, it is my mission to help our clients recover and get their lives back on track. I strongly believe that every person who is injured by a wrongful act deserves compensation, and I will do my utmost to bring recompense to those who need and deserve it.

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