Consumers should be able to trust that the products they use everyday are safe when used for their intended purposes. Unfortunately, each year thousands of people sustain serious injuries from dangerous and defective products. At The Barrist Firm, we have devoted a key area of our practice to representing individuals who have been injured or harmed by a variety of defective products.
Our personal injury attorneys believe that these victims need strong legal representation when pursuing a products liability lawsuit. We understand that many of the injuries associated with these claims could have been prevented if the designers and manufacturers of a product were more diligent in designing, producing and marketing their products. It is our goal to hold those negligent parties responsible for causing unnecessary injuries to innocent consumers and to ensure those victims receive fair compensation.
Products Liability Laws: Consumers Able to Seek Compensation When Injured by a Defective Product
Manufacturers, designers and retailers of a product have a responsibility to create and distribute products that are safe and pose no danger to consumers. Products liability laws can hold these parties legally liable when an individual is injured by a defective or dangerous product. The laws allow consumers to pursue a products liability lawsuit in order to seek compensation for injuries. Those injured by unsafe products are entitled to recover monetary damages for all losses and expenses suffered from the use of the product including medical bills, physical disability or disfigurement, lost income, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Some of the products that have been known to cause injuries or death to consumers have included household products, appliances, toys, automobiles, medical devices or implants, drugs, tools and numerous other products used by consumers every day. These injuries can be caused by a design defect, a manufacturing error, or a failure to warn consumers about the potential dangers. Injuries can range from minor injuries to more catastrophic debilitating injuries or even loss of life.
There are several governmental agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission that help regulate consumer products and often initiate product recalls when they are deemed unsafe or defective. Our products liability lawyers encourage consumers to stay alert to product recalls in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from unnecessary harm.
What to Do if you Have Been Injured by an Unsafe or Defective Product
If you have been injured or harmed by a defective product, first and foremost, you should seek medical attention immediately whether your injuries are mild or severe. Medial records may need to be obtained at a later date. If possible, photographs of your injuries may be helpful. Keep the product along with the original packaging, instructions, labels and the receipt if available. An investigation of the scene of the accident may be warranted. Record the names and numbers of any potential witnesses. Seek legal guidance from an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible in order to gain insight into what your legal options are and whether you have a valid products liability claim.
Products liability lawsuits require a lawyer who is knowledgeable about the complex laws of products liability. These lawsuits can prove to be very challenging, costly and time consuming. The Pennsylvania & New Jersey products liability attorneys at The Barrist Firm have established a reputation for providing clients with highly skilled legal representation and have the necessary resources to obtain expert witnesses to assist in investigating your claim and preparing a solid legal strategy.