We all use dozens – if not hundreds – of consumer products every day of our lives. From the coffee maker you use every morning to the pillow you sleep on at night, part of living in modern society is using products that were designed and manufactured by other people and companies.
Unfortunately, when these products are somehow defective, they are often capable of causing extremely serious injuries. At Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, we know how to help victims of defective consumer products get the compensation they deserve under the law. Contact our office today to set up a free case evaluation with an experienced product liability attorney in New Jersey.
When you think of dangerous consumer products, you may think of things like power tools, vehicles, or other products that can cause extremely serious injuries. While these products can certainly be dangerous, the reality is that virtually any consumer product can cause injuries if they are defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed. Some examples of consumer products that commonly cause injuries include:
This is, of course, is not an exhaustive list of potentially harmful products, as nearly any product can malfunction and cause accidents. When this happens, you want a product liability attorney to evaluate your accident and advise whether the manufacturer of the product should be held liable.
Product manufacturers have the responsibility to make and sell products that are reasonably safe for their intended purposes. This includes having a proper design for the product that ensures it works properly, as well as meeting safety standards during the production of the product. This can mean having proper protocols in place for the production and inspection of products, using adequate materials, and having the right machinery, among other things.
Sometimes, no matter how well-designed or manufactured a product might be, it will still have inherent risks of injury when used properly. In this situation, a manufacturer has the duty to properly warn consumers of these risks. This allows consumers to make informed decisions about whether they want to use the product, as well as give them the notice that they should use certain caution with the product.
When manufacturers violate any of these duties and injuries result, the manufacturer should be liable for the harm caused. Some examples of duty violations that might lead to a product liability claim include:
As you can see, product liability claims can arise from many varying situations, and it is always wise to have a lawyer assess your rights as an injury victim.
Product designers, manufactures, retailers – and their insurers – are well-aware that they can incur significant liability in the event of an accident and are ready to defend against claims at the drop of a hat. Not only do parties operating in the consumer product space carry significant liability coverage, but their insurance companies have armies of certified attorneys whose sole purpose is to deny claims or settle cases for as little as possible.
For this reason, if you believe you have a product liability claim, it’s in your best interest to retain an experienced attorney as soon as you can after your accident. A lawyer familiar with product liability litigation will be able to evaluate your claim and, if you have one, protect your rights during the claims process.
Some of the other steps you should take to protect your rights after an accident related to a defective consumer product include:
You should always seek medical attention after suffering an injury related to a defective consumer product – even if you think your injuries will heal on their own. It’s important to have a healthcare professional document your injuries so you have evidence that can support your claim.
If a consumer product causes injuries, your first instinct may be to get it out of your home as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, doing so may hurt your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Keep not only the product itself but also any packaging, instructions, or other ancillary material that came with it. They all may be relevant to your claim.
After an injury caused by a defective consumer product, the liable party or their insurance company may make a settlement offer before you have a chance to talk to a lawyer. Do not accept it. Initial offers are almost always much lower than claims are actually worth, and once you accept an offer, it is nearly impossible to obtain more compensation for the same incident. As a result, it’s in your best interest to consult with a product liability lawyer before accepting any offers.
A New Jersey Product Liability Lawyer Can Stand Up for Your Rights
If you have suffered injuries in an accident involving a consumer product, you should call Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC as soon as you can. Our experienced product liability attorneys in New Jersey will review your case and determine whether you have a claim. If you do and you choose us to represent you, we will never collect legal fees unless we win your case.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today or send us an email through our online contact form.
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