Defective Products – Personal Injury Lawyers
Defective or dangerous products are the cause of thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. Product liability holds product manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers accountable for injuries suffered from an unsafe product. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. Potentially liable parties include the product manufacturer; a manufacturer of component parts; the wholesaler, and the retail store that sold the product to the consumer. Companies are legally responsible for the safety of their products. A consumer that has sustained illness, injury, or death as a result of a commercial product has the right to bring a product liability suit against the manufacturer, retailer, distributor, or supplier.
Virtually all products are subject to product liability law from food, drugs, appliances, cars, toys, medical devices, medical implants, and blood to tobacco, gases, written documents (instructions), real estate, maps, commercial jets, and more. If you have been injured because an object or product was defective, manufactured with faulty materials or parts, designed unsafely, or didn’t carry adequate warnings, you may be eligible for compensation from the product’s manufacturer or the company selling the product. The product liability attorneys at our firm have years of experience handling product defect cases. Our attorneys are nationally recognized in product liability litigation. We offer free consultations and do not charge a fee for our services unless your case is won. Call us today for a free legal consultation.
In a product liability case, to recover damages for injuries resulting from a defective product, your attorneys must prove that the product that caused injury was defective and that the defect made the product unreasonably dangerous. There are three types of defects that might cause injury and give rise to manufacturer or supplier liability; design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects.
● Design defects – present in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured, in that something in the design of the product is inherently unsafe.
● Manufacturing defects – occur in the course of a product’s manufacture or assembly.
● Marketing defects – flaws in the way a product is marketed, such as improper labeling, insufficient instructions, or inadequate safety warnings.
Defective product liability cases are often quite complex and expensive to prosecute. Establishing legal fault often requires the assistance and testimony of experts. If you have
been injured due to a defective product, there are some important steps to take:
● Seek medical attention immediately if you have been harmed by a product.
● Do not dispose of the product that caused physical harm. It will serve as important evidence in future legal proceedings.
● Preserve evidence of the product to avoid the possibility of tampering.
● Keep any packaging, instructions, and labels from the product.
● Take photos of the product.
● Obtain information from any witnesses present.
● Do not discuss the case with anyone except your attorney.
Our mission in pursuing product liability cases is to obtain just compensation for our injured clients. The damages the consumer is entitled to receive in a dangerous or defective product case include compensation for:
● Medical expenses
● Lost Wages
● Loss of physical capacity
● Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
Over two-thirds of the attorneys at our firm devote a significant portion of their practice to defending products in personal injury and property damage cases. Through our longstanding, national representation of Honeywell and Emerson, we have unmatched experience in accidents involving environmental controls and systems, including boilers, furnaces, water heaters, and other HVAC-related equipment. We have successfully defended scores of other manufacturers; such as General Electric, Graco, National Presto, Maytag, Tecumseh, and DeLaval, on dozens of products across the country. These diverse products include tractors, airplanes, boats, agriculture equipment, deep fryers, elevators, clothes dryers, high-pressure paint sprayers, space heaters, smoke detectors, alarm systems, dishwashers, food-processing equipment, capacitors, escalators, milking equipment, industrial sifters, feed wagons, tobacco, boat engines, shredding machines, bikes, and helicopters.
Our lawyers also have defended a variety of medical products and devices including breast implants, hormone therapy drugs, latex gloves, respiration/blood pressure monitors, sutures, anti-seizure medication, hyperactivity medication, handicap lifts, wheelchairs, and anesthesia machines for clients like C.R. Bard, Dow Chemical, General Electric Company, Johnson & Johnson, and MedMarc.
In addition, our lawyers have experience defending manufacturers, distributors, franchisors, and restaurants in various food and beverage claims and litigation. These cases have varied from exploding bottles and Poptarts to contamination in such things as baby formula, children’s snack foods, restaurant salads, and burgers.
Whether dealing with a manufacturing flaw or defect, a design flaw or defect, or a product that is unreasonably dangerous because of inadequate instructions or warnings, the lawyers at our firm will ensure that you or your family will receive fair treatment for injuries caused by dangerous and defective products and get you the compensation you deserve. Whenever an injury occurs, time is of the essence as it is essential to promptly investigate the accident, preserve evidence, and file a lawsuit prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Call our office today for a free initial consultation.