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Product Liability

Defectively designed and manufactured products injure, kill and maim many thousands of people each year. The types of products that can be involved in defective products lawsuits range from small items such as hand saws to large pieces of manufacturing equipment and automobiles. In addition, defective prescription drugs and food products that cause adverse reactions and poisoning can lead to injury, or even death. Even mass-produced housing can be defective and cause injury to others. Responsible parties can be both the designer and manufacturer of the product, as well as each distributor and retailer.

Manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers saturate our consumer market with millions of products every day. While enjoying substantial profits, these companies also bear the responsibility of making sure their products are safe. Company responsibility for consumer safety is referred to as products liability. When defective products harm consumers, they may sue responsible parties for design flaws, defective testing, faulty manufacturing or marketing misrepresentation.

Products Liability Litigation

Federal agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) protect consumers and recall thousands of unsafe products every year. However, products liability litigation still becomes necessary based on severe personal injury caused by defective products. Some examples of industries that have undergone products liability litigation include:

  • Automobiles – not crashworthy: propensity to rollover, inadequate crush zones, gas tanks prone to fires
  • Medical devices – knee replacements, pacemakers, breast implants, guide wires, monitoring equipment, hypothermia blankets
  • Pharmaceutical drugs- unsafe drugs with side effects like Phen-Fen, Vioxx, Baycol, Serzone
  • Household goods – dangerous products and failures to warn: no labels indicating hazards for storage or use of products
  • Baby products – unsafe car seats, baby cribs, walkers and toys
Defective Product Injuries

Products liability cases often involve the following types of injuries:

  • Cervical Spine Injury (CSI)
  • Air Bag Injuries (Deaths)
  • Quadriplegia
  • Amputation
  • Paraplegia
  • Internal Abdominal Injuries
  • Brain Damage
  • Blindness
  • Closed Head Trauma
  • Strangulations
  • Head Impact Damage
  • Fuel Fed Fire Burns (Deaths)
  • Central Nervous System Damage
  • Gas Tank Explosion Burns (Deaths)
  • Skull Fractures
  • Chemical Burns (Deaths)
  • Spine Fractures
  • Flammable Fabric Burns
  • Brain Stem Herniation
  • Industrial Burns (Deaths)
  • Near Decapitation
  • Wrongful Deaths
  • Seat Belt Injuries
Preserving Evidence for Products Liability Litigation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a product, make sure the product is not lost or destroyed. In other words, preserve the product. In products liability cases, the personal injury lawyer must prove that the product was unsafe. Because specialized technology plays a part in manufacturing most products, qualified experts need to examine the product and determine the nature of the defect.

We will also have to prove that the defective product caused the injury. If you did not save the product, it is vital that you contact our firm immediately so we can gain access to the same product you used. Otherwise we may not be able to obtain the necessary proof to prepare a case on your behalf.

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