Products Liability

Personal Injury Lawyers in Elizabeth NJ

People are injured and even killed by unsafe products every day, causing tens of millions in losses and damage every year. The lawyers at our firm have handled many cases involving injuries caused by faulty products and have successfully gained compensation for its clients from the companies that manufactured them. In one case, our lawyers helped a client receive $1.5 million after an improper installation of boiler resulted in multiple burns and lacerations to the victim.

The manufacturer of a product can be liable when that product injures someone or causes damage to property — especially when the injury was caused by flawed manufacturing or a poor design.

Product liability also covers cases when a manufacturer or distributor fails to warn users about potential dangers in the product, or about how to use the product properly and safely.

In addition to compensating victims of unsafe products, product liability lawsuits can help foster more responsibility on the part of manufacturers, and help drive needed change in state and federal law. For example, some well-known class action product suits held tobacco executives responsible for misrepresenting the health dangers of smoking. The results of these product liability lawsuits helped compensate individuals for the cost of medical care for their tobacco-related health problems. Other product liability lawsuits brought by individual states forced the tobacco companies to contribute large sums of money to health education and treatment programs.

If you feel you have been injured — or suffered damage to your property — because of insufficient warnings or a defective product, we would be happy to advise you about your rights.

Lawsuits

A product liability lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for losses caused by a particular product.

You can file a product liability lawsuit for damages to your personal property, or for personal injury caused by the product. For example, some recent lawsuits involved injuries from products such as gas, pets, houses, and navigation charts.

Product liability lawsuits can also be filed on behalf of relatives who were injured or killed by products. And when large numbers of people are affected by a product problem, the case can be filed as a class action suit against a manufacturer or distributor.

In a product liability lawsuit, the goal is to recover the costs of the damage or injury, including medical bills, and the costs of repairing or replacing property.

Product liability lawsuits are best handled by experienced attorneys. To learn more about the potential for recovering your losses due to a defective product, contact us today.

Product Liability Cases

Product liability cases are civil lawsuits filed by people who were injured by a defective or unsafe product.

A 1999 survey showed, almost 50% of all emergency room medical treatment is administered for injuries caused by consumer products. In comparison, automobile accidents account for only 13% of emergency room visits.

The products that have caused injury include industrial products, medical products, drugs, products containing toxic chemicals, automobiles, food, tobacco, commercial jets, and even blood supplied by a blood bank.

A suit can be brought against the manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of a defective product. The danger in a product could be caused by a defect inherent in the design of the product. Or, the danger could result from a mistake, flaw, or failure in the manufacturing process. A piece of equipment might not be calibrated or adjusted properly, for example, or a plant may have used improper or substandard materials, which resulted in a product that caused injury.

Product liability cases can involve three types of charges against the manufacturer or distributor of a product:

  • Negligence, where the company failed to prevent the injury in some way
  • Breach of contract, where the product did not perform as promised
  • Strict liability, where the victim only has to prove that the product was reasonably dangerous for its intended use.

When is a product reasonably dangerous? That is determined by weighing the usefulness of a product against the dangers of using it.

If you have injured by a product, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Contact us as soon as you feel you have been injured. We can evaluate the situation and advise you about your rights and options, and the possibility for recovery.