Many products, such as car parts, medications, and toys, can have manufacturing, design, and labeling defects that can lead to severe injuries. Companies responsible for designing, manufacturing, distributing, and selling these products can be held liable for negligence that leads to these products injuring consumers. They must ensure the products consumers buy operate safely and can be held liable for a product liability claim if they do not.
A product liability lawyer could help you hold a negligent company accountable if you received severe injuries from a dangerous or defective product. You can pursue compensation for damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life, by filing a product liability claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. The product liability attorneys at The Russo Firm can use their experience to help you assess your damages, determine the at-fault party, and negotiate a fair settlement with the liable party’s insurer.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability is a type of personal injury claim that holds companies in the distribution channel accountable for negligence that exposes consumers to harm. Parties such as designers, manufacturers, distributors, and sellers must properly handle their part in creating and distributing a product to ensure a consumer does not receive harm from a product. Consumer products can have defects that prevent them from operating properly which can cause severe injuries to consumers.
The following are the three types of product liability claims:
- Design defects: This is when the design of a product is inherently dangerous. It prevents a product from being used properly and can cause severe injuries.
- Manufacturing defects: This is when a product has a safe design, but a mistake in creating the product causes it to become dangerous. It can include using the wrong materials and not adhering to the proper design of the product.
- Failure to warn: This is a labeling defect that involves companies in the distribution channel failing to warn about the dangers associated with a product. A cautionary label must list dangerous chemicals, side effects, and potential harm. Failure to disclose the dangers of a product can leave a company liable for damages.
Defective Automobile Parts Can Cause Car Accidents
The most common type of defective product that can serve as the basis of a product liability claim is defective automobile parts. A car accident can occur if a car’s parts have a design or manufacturing defect, as the driver will not be able to keep control of the car. Some defective car parts that can cause a car accident include brakes, wheels, fuel pumps, steering components, headlights, etc.
Depending on the defective car part, the driver may not be able to stop, turn, or slow down the vehicle. Without vehicle control, they can crash into a hard object like a traffic control signal, pole, or building or into another driver. This can cause severe car accident injuries, such as broken bones, knee injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Adverse Health Conditions Caused by Dangerous Drugs
Dangerous drugs and medication can also serve as the basis of a product liability claim if the drug manufacturer does not inform consumers about their product’s dangers. Drugs and medication can contain dangerous chemicals that can allow the product to do what it is supposed to. However, these chemicals can also cause significant harm and damage to the body.
An example of a medication that can cause adverse health issues is Tylenol. A study by Yale and John Hopkins University found that using Tylenol during pregnancy can increase a child’s risk of developing autism. Zantac can cause health conditions, as it contains carcinogens that can cause stomach, bladder, and prostate cancer.
Toys With Design and Manufacturing Defects Can Injure Children
Toy products can also cause harm to children. For the most part, this occurs when manufacturing or design defects lead to the toy having an element that is too dangerous for children. For example, the toy may have a sharp edge that can result in a cut or penetrating injury.
There can also be defects in toys that run on batteries or electricity that can expose a child to burn injuries. These electronic toys can have circuit board malfunctions that can harm your child and lead to damages. Parents can hold toy manufacturers accountable for negligent behavior that leads to a dangerous toy injuring their child.
What Other Products Can Cause Severe Injuries?
There are plenty of other consumer products that can contain dangerous chemicals or have manufacturing, design, or labeling defects. These mistakes in production can lead to severe injuries that can affect a person’s quality of life.
The following are some of the other defective products that can cause severe injuries:
If you received severe injuries from any of the above products, you could file a product liability claim to hold the manufacturer accountable for their negligence that led to the harm you suffered. A product liability lawyer can help you with the claims process and maximize your potential for recovering fair compensatory damages.
Why You Should Hire a Product Liability Lawyer to Help You Pursue Compensation for Damages
Injuries from defective or dangerous products can cause significant economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning potential. They can also cause non-economic damages that affect a person’s quality of life, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. Hiring a product liability lawyer can help a victim pursue compensation for damages suffered because of a dangerous product.
They can assist with determining the value of your claim, assessing liability, collecting evidence to prove your case, and negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Teaming up with an experienced product liability lawyer gives a dangerous product victim the best chance of recovering fair compensation for damages.
Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Product Liability Claim
The Russo Firm’s product liability lawyers offer a proven track record of success in helping victims recover compensatory damages for injuries caused by dangerous products. Through decades of experience litigating product liability claims, they understand how to determine the label party and collect evidence to hold them accountable for their damages. Our product liability attorneys offer personalized legal counsel to victims, catering the legal counsel plan around the specifics of their case to increase their chances of recovering fair compensatory damages. Contact The Russo Firm today for a free consultation by calling us at (561) 270-0913 or leaving a message on our online contact page.