Defective & Dangerous Products
It is not a stretch to admit that we truly are a consumer-driven society, and as such we expect that product manufacturers are honest and responsible. Therefore, we also expect the products they make are safe for use. When you stop and think about the total number of items we make use of on a daily basis, it is astonishing. The alarm clock that wakes you, the toothpaste on your toothbrush, the contacts in your eyes, purse you carry, and so on. Any time one of those items malfunctions in one way or another and an injury occurs – Product Liability Law comes into play. This is because suppliers are responsible for testing their products properly before launching them, along with supplying clear instructions for use. Regrettably, manufacturers don’t always satisfy this obligation, and instead release a product which causes an injury – or even a death. Unconscionably, there are additionally companies that place their profits in front of the general public’s security, and continue to promote products that they know to be harmful; an example of this is the tobacco industry. There are three categories for product liability cases:
- Defectively made items: This is when a particular item is poorly manufactured and causes injury. The rest of the goods on the factory line may have been fine, but this one (“lemon”) was not.
- Defectively designed items: The design of these products is innately flawed; it is not a situation of only one product being flawed, but rather the entire lot is defective. This is usually the case when a company recalls a product.
- Failure to supply adequate warnings or instructions for use: These products do not provide obvious and apparent warnings or instructions on the proper use or maintenance and consequently a personal injury or death occurs.
If you have been the victim of an injury because of using a flawed or defective product, it is essential to contact a legal professional as soon as you can. The team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve are skilled and experienced in product liability law; we are devoted to helping our clients and we have the resources and skills to gather the irrefutable evidence necessary to prove that an item is defective, badly designed, or dangerous, and, therefore, caused personal injury. Over the past five years, the attorneys at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve have secured over $60 million in payment for clients who have endured a personal injury.