For several decades, the products liability lawyers at Masry & Vititoe have represented those who have been seriously injured. Through experience and education, our firm is able to expertly evaluate medical injuries and pursue personal injury claims on behalf of the injured plaintiff. Masry & Vititoe provides sophisticated legal services for almost any type of injury.
22,000 deaths and 29.5 million injuries are associated with consumer products under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's jurisdiction. The injuries and deaths and associated property damage from defective products cost the American public over $500 billion annually.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises that there are 200-300 product recalls each year. A large percentage of these recalls involve children's products and toys. Other products recalled because of defects or dangerous conditions include automobiles, tires, furniture, household appliances, tools, and safety equipment such as smoke detectors and fire alarms. These products are designed for our safe use, when they fail because of defects they can cause serious injury including brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, blindness, scarring, pain, suffering and even death.
While there is no federal product liability law, there are state laws designed to prevent harm and provide compensation for damages or injuries caused due to a defective product.
There are many examples of product liabilities including defectively designed or manufactured products; products that do not live up to their respective warranties or guarantees; products that causes injury due to normal use and products that have unclear, incorrect or incomplete instructions or guidelines for use and therefore cause injury or damage.
Past defective products that have caused serious or catastrophic
injuries and death include: Ford Explorer Automobiles; Firestone Tires;
Fen Phen; exploding gas tanks on automobiles; toxic chemicals; children's
toys; microwave ovens; smoke detectors, etc.
The most common claim against a manufacturer is a "strict product liability" claim. If you file a strict product liability claim against a manufacturer, you may not have to prove that the manufacturer was "negligent" (necessary in most other injury claims) but you may have to establish the following:
A product is considered defective if it does not provide the level of safety which the community generally is entitled to expect. The level of safety will vary from case to case and it is ultimately for the court to determine whether a product is defective. However, there are a number of factors the court will take into account when making its determination, including:
Products that are older and subject to more use would not necessarily be expected to be as safe as brand new ones. Similarly, products would not necessarily be defective simply because the safety of later models had been improved.
Masry & Vititoe believes that in order to represent our injured clients in the best possible manner, our firm must have an understanding of the human anatomy and how it responds to an injury. Therefore, through experience and education, our firm is able to expertly evaluate injuries and successfully pursue claims on behalf of the injured plaintiff.
While proving a physical, emotional, or cognitive injury can be difficult, our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys and staff are able to undertake difficult cases and prevail, convincing skeptics of the merits of a claim via credible, trustworthy evidence and objective test findings. Our firm is committed to protecting our client's rights and has repeatedly demonstrated our ability to succeed in the most challenging and complex injury cases.
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