Product Liability Attorneys
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a 2017 report that estimates an annual average of 30,700 emergency department-treated injuries (2014–2016) associated with tip-over incidents caused by items like defective television and furniture sets.
Of these over 30,000 incidents, 514 cases of the ended in a fatality - 84% of those fatalities involved children with ages ranging from 1 month to 14 years old.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a defective product, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the injuries sustained.
Common Types of Product Liability Cases
If a consumer product is considered defective, unsafe, or fails to meet design, construction or performance standards, and causes harm to someone, a product liability claim could be the best course of action to collect compensation.
The most common types of product liability claims, or defective product claims, include manufacturing defect, design defect or instances in which insufficient instructions or warnings were included with the product.
Some examples of how defective products may cause harm include (but are not limited to):
- An electric shock or fire related to a defective toaster or laptop or other defective household appliance.
- An injury to a child or infant due to a dangerous toy or hazardous children’s product.
- A defect in an automobile. Ex: the Toyota recall and the Takata defective airbags recall.
- A furniture item that is not manufactured correctly
- Defective medicine (Yaz, Byetta, Pradaxa)
- Grevous body harm caused by incorrectly engineered machinery
- Mesothelioma caused by asbestos fibers contained in building materials
- Defective medical products. Ex: Bard IVC Filter, Stryker Hip Implant, Bair Hugger warming blanket.
How to Speak with Insurance Companies during a Product Liability Lawsuit
A considerable part of the litigation process during product liability claims often involves dealing with the insurance company that may be representing the manufacturer and defendant. It is common for an insurance assessor to be dispatched by the insurance provider to help determine the level of injury and to perhaps talk with the victim about a settlement.
It is very important to remember that insurance company representatives do not have the victim’s interests or needs in mind. First and foremost they are employees of the insurance company and are trained to obtain sensitive information about the victim and their injury. All of which the insurance company can and will use against the injured party in a court of law.
Employing the services of a law firm will assist in answering the questions that the insurance companies will ask or provide direct correspondence with the insurance company through the firm.