Defective consumer products can easily cause serious injuries or fatalities to innocent users.
It seems like faulty products are all over the news these days. There have been countless stories about everything from potentially deadly airbags made by Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata injuring people with flying shrapnel to flawed coffee Black & Decker coffee pots causing serious burns to people just trying to have their morning "cup of joe." If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, you understand the full range of emotions associated with such an incident.
There is anger that something innocuous that you use as part of your everyday routine has resulted in a life-changing injury. Next, often comes frustration as you try to determine why and how the injury happened. This often involves tedious research to determine if there have been other complaints about this or similar products (an indication could be that a product has been recalled for safety reasons), if it is something that resulted from a defective design, whether there was a glitch in the manufacturing process, or if there should have been a warning label to suggest such an injury could occur. Then, you could be left feeling overwhelmed as you attempt to determine whether or not you should bring a legal claim to seek the compensation you genuinely feel you deserve to cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage and other losses you have suffered.
The basics of consumer products claims
There are three general types of defective consumer products legal claims:
If you have been injured by a defective consumer product, don't think you need to navigate the legal system alone. Seek the advice of an experienced products liability attorney in your area for more information about your next steps; let them do the "heavy lifting" on the legal claims so that you can focus on getting better. Most personal injury attorneys - including those at the renowned New York law offices of Smiley & Smiley - offer a free initial consultation and handle claims on a contingency fee basis so that you won't owe them any attorney fees unless they recover compensation for you.