A product defect is any design flaw, manufacturing error or labeling issue that makes a product unsafe to use. Any product, from your hair dryer to your food to your car, can be defective and cause serious personal injuries. You may not realize just how many hundreds of products you use every day until you get sick or are injured by a defective appliance, device or other manufactured item or material. Product liability lawsuits not only help ensure that victims injured by manufacturing and design defects do not have to struggle, but can also help prevent others from suffering due to the same type of negligence in the future. Some of the most common product defects are listed below.
The lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. have spent nearly 40 years successfully helping injury victims and their families in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Our law firm has faced off against large corporations, small businesses, insurance companies and experienced legal teams at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, securing many favorable verdicts and settlements in cases involving product defects. As a result, we can generally help victims and their families no matter what type of defective product led to their suffering.
The number of potentially defective products includes all products on the market. Even a poorly designed coffee mug could potentially cause injuries. However, some kinds of products are more commonly involved in product liability lawsuits than others. These frequently defective products include:
The first thing you should do if you are injured by a defective product is seek medical attention immediately. Product defects can cause severe personal injuries such as serious cuts and bruises, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, burn injuries, illness and wrongful death, so your first priority should be getting medical help.
If possible, you should then try to preserve all documentation of the product as evidence for your case. This includes the receipt you received when you purchased the item, as well as the packaging, labels and any instructions that were included. Since you can file a product liability case even if you did not buy or even use the product that hurt you, sometimes these documents are not available. You may even have a case if you were harmed by a product that you bought second-hand. In these cases, putting together a detailed list of everyone involved and any witnesses can be just as helpful.
Once you have recovered, you should contact an attorney. The last thing defective product victims and their families should do is attempt to take on the negligent corporation on their own. If a company is forced to admit that its products are defective, it could suffer devastating financial damages due to recalls and additional lawsuits. In some cases, the damage to a company could be severe enough that the company might even be forced to go out of business. Therefore, most companies will do whatever it takes to discredit product defect injury victims and avoid taking responsibility for the pain and suffering their negligence has caused. We can help protect you from these tactics and hold negligent companies accountable for their products.
Injury victims and their families need legal representatives with a history of securing successful verdicts and settlements for their clients on their side. Since 1979, the injury lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. have been helping injury survivors and the families of fatal injury victims bring negligent companies to justice through product liability lawsuits.
To learn more about product liability cases and what your legal rights and options are, give us a call, fill out our online contact form or click on the chat live link at the top of the page. Simply speaking to our lawyers does not mean you have to pursue a claim or hire our firm to handle your case. Talking to us will enable you to learn whether or not you have a valid case and allow us to answer any questions you have about product liability claims. This is information you will need to know to make the best possible decision regarding your and your family’s future. In addition, every second you wait to discuss your situation with an experienced pers attorney evidence valuable to your case could be lost and deadlines to file a lawsuit could be missed. Call us now.