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. The good news is that the law allows victims injured by dangerous products to demand justice by filing a claim against the product's manufacturer or distributor. In order to ensure that you have the chance possible in prevailing in such a claim, it is important to have an experienced Suffolk County product liability lawyer on your side.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 been 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 cell phone 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 claim
Whether it is due to a defective product or due to an injury from another type of accident, a serious injury affects not only your health, but also your finances and your general quality of life. Fortunately, through a product liability lawsuit against the company who manufactured or distributed the defective product that caused your injury you may be awarded compensation for your losses. An experienced product liability attorney representing clients in Suffolk County will explain that you may be eligible to receive compensation for the following losses:
- Medical expenses: Compensable medical expenses include fees related to emergency room treatment, hospital stay, medical, specialists, lab work, surgery, therapy, and medical equipment. To receive compensation for medical expenses you must show proof such as bills and receipts.
- Loss of income: You may be able to recover lost wages, lost benefits and loss of future income potential based on the work you missed. Lost wages includes not only lost weekly or monthly paychecks. It also includes the value of vacation and sick days that you had to use while recovering, as well as other benefits of working that you forfeited.
- Pain and suffering: With a serious injury you are likely to experience a great deal of physical and psychological anguish. The mental suffering is particular strong in cases where the injury is permanent.
If a defective product has resulted in an injury to you or a family member, it is important to contact an attorney in Suffolk County 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.