Suffolk County Product Liability
Whether the product is a car, prescription medication, prescription drug, frozen food or toy, dangerous products or defective products have caused serious injury or death to millions of people. Under product liability law, consumers who suffer a serious injury caused by a defective product can hold the manufacturer, distributor, retailer or supplier liable for the injury. Depending on the product, there are many types of injuries suffered by consumers because of dangerous products. For example, a victim injured in a car accident caused by a design defect could suffer a back injury, broken bone, brain injury, or spinal cord injury. Sadly, there are many cases where the victim suffered wrongful death after using a dangerous product. If you have been harmed by using a faulty product it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Suffolk County Product Liability Lawyer who will explain to you your legal options for pursuing damages from the negligent person or entity.Products involved in product liability claims
Practically any product can be defective and pose a danger to consumers. The number of car recalls that occur each year is an indication as to how often cars are manufactured with defects. Recent product liability claims related to defective vehicles include defective fuel tanks causing fires that led to burn injuries and deaths, SUV rollover cases that led to head, back and brain injuries, and defective airbags that deployed unexpectedly.
There have also be countless product liability cases related to prescription drugs. Many such cases were “failure to warn” cases where the manufacturer of a drug failed to alert consumers of side-effects of using the drug. The types of drugs that have been embroiled in defective product cases include specific brands of birth control drugs, cholesterol lowering drugs, blood thinners, weight loss drugs, heart medication, painkillers, diabetes drugs, and smoking cessation drugs.
Children’s toys have frequently been the subject of recalls and product liability claims. For example, in recent years a number of toys that were manufactured overseas were found to be made with lead paint, putting children at risk for a lead paint injury. Other toys have been recalled because they present choking hazards. Toys that have small parts are particularly dangerous for children under the age of 6.
Other consumer products such as household cleaning products, children’s furniture, exercise equipment, computer and cellphone batteries, and even both fresh and frozen food have been the subject of recalls and the cause of serious injuries to consumers.Pursuing a product liability lawsuit
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. Lost wages includes not only lost paychecks. It also includes the value of vacation and sick days that you had to use while recovering.
- 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 Stephen Bilkis and 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. Our team will advise you on how to file a claim and start back on the road to regaining your life. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: