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Queens Product Liability

Sadly, each year thousands and thousands of people, including children, are seriously injured by defective products. For example, a victim injured in an SUV rollover that was caused due to unsafe design of the SUV may suffer injuries to her back, broken bones, a brain injury or spinal cord injury. Sadly, there are many cases where an unsafe product led to the death of a victim. Under product liability law if a consumer is injured by a product that had an unsafe design, that was manufactured with defects, or that was marketed without proper warnings that consumer can sue the product's manufacturer or distributor. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have been harmed by using a bad product it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Queens product liability attorney who will explain to you your legal options for demanding compensation for your losses.

Types of product liability claims

Manufacturing defect. If the victim was injured because there was a problem with how the product was manufactured, then the victim would have a manufacturing defect product liability claim. In other words, if the product was manufactured correctly, it would be safe. Because it was not manufactured corrected the product was unsafe.

Design defect. If the victim was injured because the product was manufactured correctly, but had an unsafe design, then the victim would have a design defect product liability claim. For example, a well-known design defect case occurred in the 1970s when a car company designed a vehicle with a poorly placed fuel tank. As a result the car was prone to explode even with relative minor collisions. The result of this defect was over 100 personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Failure to warn. In some cases a product is dangerous only when not used correctly. If this is the case the company that markets the product must warn consumers of potential problems. For example, if a medication has serious side effects, the drug company must warn the consumer with adequate details in the packaging or on the label.

Pursuing a claim

Injuries from harmful products can be devastating and life-altering. In many cases the victim must spend extended period receiving treatment and missing work. In other cases victims never fully recover. This can have a significant impact on the family's finances. By filing a claim against the negligent company you can make them compensate you for the financial and emotional damage you suffered.

  • Medical bills: Serious injuries mean significant medical bills. Through your claim for damages you can demand pay for expenses related to your hospital stay, visits to the doctor, laboratory tests, MRIs, surgery, rehabilitation, medical equipment, medication, nursing home case, and in-home caregivers.
  • Loss of income: If you suffered a serious injury you will not be able to go to work. Whether you are out for weeks, months, or longer, you have the right to demand payment for the paychecks that you missed, the benefits you lost, and the reduction in future earning capacity you face.
  • Pain and suffering: Physical pain is accompanied by emotional suffering. This is particularly the case where your injuries require invasive treatments such as surgery or in cases where you have a permanent reminder of the injury such as a scar, limp or loss of mobility. The law can put a value on pain and suffering and award you damages.
  • Wrongful death: Sadly, in some cases the victim passes away due to injuries from a defective product. The personal representative of the deceased can demand compensation on behalf of the deceased.

70-year-old Leon received a hip replacement. The hip implant was designed and manufactured by HipCo. A few months after the surgery Leon experienced chronic pain in his hip. It was determined that the implant had become loose. Leon had to undergo additional surgeries to repair the problem. It turned out that the HipCo.'s hip implant was defective and was later subject to a recall. Leon and thousands of others were sued HipCo. and received settlements.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If a company manufactured or distributed a product that harmed you or a loved one, you have the right to file a claim and hold the negligent company financially accountable. The process for filing a claim in a product liability case is complex. It is important that you are represented by an attorney who understands the nuances of product liability claims. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling product liability and defective product cases as well as personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from car accidents, medical malpractice, trip and fall accidents and workpkace 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.

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