Defective and Dangerous Products
We purchase products almost every day assuming that they are safe. Unfortunately, millions of Americans seek medical attention after sustaining an injury related to the use of a consumer product. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports statistics on injuries and deaths related to products—like chemicals, fuel, lighters and fireworks, furniture and décor, home maintenance and construction, kitchen and dining, public facilities, sports and recreation, and toys. For example, in 2018, there were an estimated 226,100 toy-related injuries and 81,800 ATV-related injuries treated in the United States.
Some dangerous products that caused consumer injuries or deaths had been associated with a safety recall, while others had not. These incidents could have been avoided if manufacturers and distributors had taken the right steps to keep consumers safe.
If your injury is linked to the use of a product that was dangerous, in nearly every state you may be eligible to file a claim against the parties that designed, manufactured and sold the item. Our personal injury lawyers can establish strict product liability because of a design flaw, a manufacturing defect, the failure to adequately caution consumers about a potential hazard or risk—or even because of poor instructions on how to use a product. Product liability cases may be filed because of defects in a wide variety of different products, including consumer products, industrial products, healthcare products, and more. In some cases, product liability cases can turn into class action lawsuits if there are multiple individuals who can link a similar injury to the routine operation of a product.
Simply showing that you have been injured by a product isn’t enough to win a product liability case. You must show that the product contained a verifiable defect and that the defect was directly responsible for causing your injuries.
Slack Davis Sanger’s legal team has experience holding companies responsible for dangerous products that have caused injury to our clients. Although obtaining compensation from the product’s manufacturer can’t make up for what you may have lost, it will allow you to begin the path to recovery.