Product liability refers to the concept that those who manufacture or distribute consumer products to the public may be held liable for injuries which occur to those who use them. Hundreds of products are recalled every year due to safety issues. These products may be defective in design, in how they were manufactured, or in their warning labels or instructions for use. Dangerous and defective products can range from cars, boats, auto parts, construction equipment, and children's toys to food, cosmetics, hair products, medical devises, and pharmaceuticals. Where an individual using a consumer product for its intended use and per its instructions has suffered an injury or health damage, an injury claim may be justified against the manufacturer.
Product liability cases can be complicated, requiring the skill and knowledge of an attorney who practices in this field. That is why we recommend that you contact Smith Law for a consultation with a St. Joseph personal injury attorney if you have been injured using any type of consumer product. We can review the circumstances of your injuries or health damage to determine the legal factors behind it. Where an injury claim is appropriate, we can follow up with all of the necessary legal steps to help you recover the damages you need, such as medical expenses, loss of wages, pain, suffering, and more.
Examples of defective products which resulted in injury claims and lawsuits include those made against Firestone tires, Toyota for defective accelerators, and the medical drug Vioxx. It has been estimated by the FDA that more than 27,000 deaths were associated with Vioxx, a drug used to relieve arthritis pain. The drug was removed from the market due to its dangerous side effects.
Bringing to light a dangerous or defective product can not only result in compensation for your damages but help to prevent others from similar harm.
Contact a St. Joseph product liability lawyer at the firm if you have been injured by using a dangerous or defective product today.