This past April, a Colorado jury awarded significant damages to a partially paralyzed high school football player who suffered a head injury in practice. The court held that Riddell, the country’s largest football helmet manufacturer, was responsible for $3.1 million of the total $11.5 million in damages because the company failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the danger of concussions.

Manufacturer’s liability for defective products

In Colorado, a manufacturer, distributor or merchant can be liable for your injuries if it markets or sells defective products. Colorado case law justifies awarding damages for harm caused by defective products on the basis that manufacturers have an obligation to protect consumers from products that are unreasonably dangerous.

Warning! Warning!

This duty to protect consumers also extends to product warnings. Generally, to prevent a product from being considered unreasonably dangerous, a seller or manufacturer may be obligated to provide proper directions or warnings on the product packaging detailing the scope of proper use.  One example is flammability instructions on children’s pajamas.

Who has the burden of proof?

One potential obstacle facing plaintiffs is that the injured party carries the burden of proof to show that the warning was inadequate. This means that if you want to win a products liability claim based on defective warning, you must be able to present the facts of your case in an organized and thoughtful manner. There is also a strong chance that you will be fighting against a well-organized defendant who has access to teams of lawyers and significant financial resources.

If you or a family member is injured by a defective sports product, your first step (after receiving medical treatment) should be to contact a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney.  Bell & Pollock, P.C. is a full-service personal injury firm. Our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience advising injured Coloradans of their rights and achieving creative solutions so that they can the compensation that they deserve.

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Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.

As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.

Don’t delay your recovery for a second longer – and don’t be misguided into thinking that you have to go through the process alone. Our attorneys are here, ready to help – and you won’t have to pay us anything until (or unless) there is a recovery in your case.

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Case Results


CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line an