Brooklyn Product Liability
As Sam approached a red light he was surprised that nothing happened when he pressed his brake pedal. He attempted to stop his car again and again. Panicked, he beeped his horn repeatedly. There was nothing he could as his car rolled through the red light. Another driver struck Sam's car. Sam was critically injured. The investigation into the accident found that Sam's car had a faulty ignition switch that disabled his brakes. Tragically, each year millions of people suffer from injuries caused by a defective product or inherently dangerous product. For example, a victim injured in a car accident caused by a design defect could suffer a back injury, broken bones, brain injury, or spinal cord injury. Sadly, there are many cases where the victim suffered wrongful death after using a dangerous product. Under product liability law a consumer who is injured by a defectively manufactured, designed or marketed product can file a claim against the product's manufacturer or distributor. This law serves to protect consumers from harm. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have been harmed by using a faulty product it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Brooklyn product liability lawyer who will explain to you your legal options for pursuing damages from the negligent person or entity.Types of product liability claims
Defective manufacturing of a product is a common problem. Examples of this could include a faulty tool or piece of machinery used in the workplace, a cracked part in a child's stroller that causes it to collapse, or a car with defective brake pads that is unable to safely stop and causes an automobile accident. If there is a direct relationship between the product's defect and the cause of the plaintiff's injury, then a legal claim is present.
Some products are dangerous because of a faulty design. This is not the same as a defect that happens during the manufacturing process. Often the inherent danger in the product is not realized until the product is put out on the market, and the design defect becomes apparent after the product is used over and over.
A failure to warn claim usually involves a product has the potential to be dangerous if not used properly. The consumer is reliant of clear instructions and warnings about possible hazards. It is usually involves a danger that is not apparent to the consumer. Failure to warn claims could include anything from an inadequate warning on a medicine label, to an electrical device that when used improperly can cause burns. A claim would be present where the plaintiff was injured, and that injury would not have occurred if they had been warned.Pursuing a claim
A serious injury from a defective product affects not only your heath, but also your ability to work and your general quality of life. In addition, it can have a devastating effect on the finances of you and your family. Fortunately, through a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of the defective product that caused your injury you may be able to receive compensation for your losses.
- Medical bills: Compensable expenses include fees related to emergency room treatment, hospital fees, fees for surgery, prescriptions, visits to your doctors and medical equipment.
- Loss of income: You may be able to recover both lost wages and loss of future income potential.
- Pain and suffering: Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount of such damages depends on the seriousness of your injuries. Injuries that leave permanent damage your pain and suffering award is likely to be greater than if you completely recover from your injuries.
- Wrongful death: If the defective product caused a loved one to pass away, then the family may have legal recourse via a wrongful death suit. The claim can include reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of future income.
If a defective product has resulted in an injury to you or to a loved one, it is important to contact an attorney experienced in product liability cases to ensure that your case will result in the best possible outcome. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling product liability cases as well as personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.