Suffolk County Defective Product

Every day people all across the United States encounter defective or faulty products. Companies earn billions of dollars annually from the sale of consumer goods. With that comes a legal and moral responsibility to sell products that are safe, that will not injure consumers when used in the way intended. These companies must ensure that appropriate safety and design measures were used during the manufacturing of their product. For instance, under product liability law warning labels must inform the consumer of any potential dangers associated with the product. A defect in a product can have devastating consequences. A defect in a motorcycle, for instance, can cause a motorcycle accident that leaves the victim with a serious head injury, spinal injury, neck injury, or broken bones. Medication that does not have the proper warning labels could cause the victim to suffer a brain injury, suffer other serious internal injuries or lead to the victim’s death. If you or a family member was seriously injured by a defective product, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Suffolk County defective product lawyer who will review the facts of your case and who will aggressively pursue damages on your behalf to compensate you for the losses you suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship and pain and suffering.

Types of product liability claims

If a product is defective, the law allows victims who are injure to pursue legal action against the manufacturer or distributor of the product based on negligence. There are three types of negligence claims related to defective products. The product may have a poor design. This means that as conceptualized the product was faulty, so that even if it was manufactured according to specifications, the product would be dangerous. For example, if a car is designed with a fuel tank that placed such that even with low speed collisions there is a risk of explosion, then that car would be dangerous because of a bad design.

Another basis for a defective product claim would be a product that was manufactured carelessly. This means that there was a mishap in the manufacturing process that resulting in the product being unsafe. For example, the manufacturer included the wrong battery with its laptop. When used, the battery caused the laptop to overheat and ignite.

A third basis for a defective product claim is that the manufacturer failed to include proper warnings. For example, a medication is safe except when used with people who have certain allergies. If the manufacturer failed to disclose that warning, then anyone injured because of the failure to warn would have a basis for a product liability claim.

Pursuing damages

Those injured by defective products have to right to demand compensation from the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the product. As an experienced defective product attorney in Suffolk County will explain, filing a claim against a manufacturer can be complicated. Like with any personal injury claim, in order to prevail you must be able to prove that the manufacturer was somehow negligent—in design, manufacturing, or by failing to warn. Then you must show that the failure on the part of the manufacturer was the cause of your injuries, and that you suffered damages.

The defendant manufacturer will not make it easy for you. The defendant will try to avoid admitting fault, or, through its team of lawyers, will offer you a minimal settlement. This is why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that has the experience, knowledge and resources to fight for your rights.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you suffered a serious injury because of a defective vehicle, harmful medication, a dangerous medical device, or some other type of defective product, you may be able to recover compensation the company who manufactured or distributed the unsafe product. However, defective product cases are often quite complex, involving a thorough understanding of New York product liability laws. Pinpointing legal fault often requires the review of a great deal of complicated evidence and the testimony of experts. It is important to contact an experienced defective product attorney serving Suffolk 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 personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from the use of defective products. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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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