Staten Island Product Liability
Every year the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration recalls thousands of products because they present hazards to unsuspecting consumers. For example, a recent recall involved a food product that included undeclared peanuts. This product put individuals with peanut allergies at risk for a severe and in many cases life-threatening reaction to the ingredient. In other case faulty airbags left victims at risk to serious injury in car accidents. Victims seriously injured by defective products not only have to undergo treatment for their injuries, they also have to miss work, putting their finances in jeopardy. In order to help those who were injured by unsafe products, the law allows victims to seek compensation from manufacturers of defective products for the losses suffered by filing a product liability lawsuit. To ensure that you have the best chance of receiving the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, contact an experienced Staten Island product liability attorney who will explain to you your legal options.Types of product liability claims
Product liability claims fall into one or more of three categories:
- Manufacturing defect: This involves a breakdown in the manufacturing process resulting in the product being unsafe. For example, if a power tool was made using screws that were smaller than specifications required, the result may be that the tool collapses during use, injuring the consumer.
- Faulty design: Some products should never have been manufactured because the product was designed poorly. One of the best examples of this is the case of a car manufactured in the 1970s. It was manufactured with a poorly designed fuel system such that the car had a high risk of exploding in rear-end accidents. Several people died because of this poor design.
- Failure to warn: In a case where someone becomes ill because a food product was made with peanuts, but the label does not list peanuts as an ingredient, the victim would have a failure to warn product liability claim.
If an unsafe product caused you to suffer a serious injury such as a burn, head injury or back injury, an experienced product liability attorney in Staten Island will explain that you have the right to hold that manufacturer of the product accountable by filing a product liability lawsuit. The damages that you may be awarded include:
- Medical expenses: All past and future expenses related to treating your injury that was caused by the defective product. For example, if the dangerous product caused you to suffer a severe allergic reaction that lead to a brain injury, your medical expenses may include bills related to the emergency room, hospital, specialists, a multitude of diagnostic tests, medication, rehabilitation and various types of therapy.
- Lost wages: If the dangerous product left you seriously ill such that you had to miss work, you will also miss paychecks and other types of compensation. You can demand payment for all work-related income and benefits that you lost as a result of being injured by the unsafe product.
- Pain and suffering. This includes compensation for physical pain and permanent injuries, as well as psychological problems that result from the injuries from the dangerous product.
If a defective product has resulted in your serious injury or a serious injury to your 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 product liability attorneys serving clients in Staten Island at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are 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.