When you purchase a product, you assume that it will work properly and be safe for use. However, many products that were assumed to be defect-free and safe at purchase have ended up seriously injuring consumers or resulting in their deaths.
Experienced Defective Product Attorneys
If you’ve suffered a personal injury as the result of a defective product, it’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer within hours or days of the accident. These accidents cause serious injuries, including fractures, burns, lacerations, disfigurement, and nerve damage.
At The Johnson Injury Firm, we’ve fought against some of the largest national and international corporations, including manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public, to hold them responsible for injuries caused by their products.
Drawing from our network of resources, our injury attorneys find and engage the best experts in the fields of engineering, safety, and human factors to testify in your case. These experts are able to clearly communicate to laypeople in the courtroom how a defective product caused your injuries and help our personal injury lawyers gain you the compensation you deserve.
Types of Product Liability Cases
Including, but not limited to:
- The product’s design was flawed. When a design flaw is to blame, we often see recalls of the entire product line because many items will fail.
- The product was manufactured with a defect or imperfection. Often, these products have weak materials or were made in a clumsy fashion. We sometimes see the problem across the entire product line but not always. Instead, possibly only a handful of products are defective.
- Consumers were not made aware of the product’s inherent dangers in the form of warning or cautionary labels. Some products cannot be made 100% safe, but safety instructions or warnings can make them safe to use. When these warnings or instructions are inadequate (or missing altogether), the product is too dangerous and harms people.
It is not vital that an injured victim identify what is wrong with the product. It is enough to know that you were injured because it did not work as you expected it to. Contact a lawyer for more information.
Examples of Personal Injuries Caused by Defective Products
- A crib collapsing on a child
- A commercial washing machine malfunctioning and amputating a user’s hand
- A microwave starting a fire and causing burns
- A small toy part choking a child
- A trailer hitch mechanism failing and causing the trailer to disconnect from the vehicle and injure a pedestrian
- A booster seat malfunctioning in an accident
There are many types of accidents that occur everyday due to defective products. If you believe you have been harmed, then write down what you remember about the accident and speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Tip: Storage of Product
Never return the defective product to the manufacturer. Protect your rights by keeping the defective product in the same condition as when the accident occurred. Also retain all packaging materials, instruction booklets, warranties, invoices, receipts and other paperwork. A lawyer will want to look at them.
With our expert witnesses, we can inspect the product to identify what is wrong. Often, this requires looking at the designs from the manufacturer and other examples of the product that have not malfunctioned. Our experts are skilled at finding out why your product failed the way that it did and can draw a clear line between the product defect and the injuries that you ultimately suffered.
How Manufacturers Limit Liability
When manufacturers sell defective products, it is very difficult for them to get out of paying compensation. However, some of them will claim that our clients did not use the product properly. Misuse is a valid defense, so we are not surprised to hear it raised often.
For these reasons, we need to review what happened in the moments before the accident. Any witness testimony would also be ideal. With this evidence in hand, we can fight for your rights.
Manufacturers might also bring on their own experts to argue that it was impossible to make a product safer, or that it would have been too expensive to do so. These arguments often lack merit or miss the mark entirely.