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Westchester County Product Liability

Each year, tens of thousands of people across the country suffer needless injury caused by irresponsible manufacturers and careless retailers. When these companies fail in properly developing products, consumers suffer. Consumers are injured in numerous ways due to these defective products. The injury may have been caused by a defectively manufactured tire resulting in a horrible car accident or an injury caused by the result of a crane malfunctioning leading to a construction accident. Within a medical malpractice case, an individual may be seriously injured due to medication manufactured with substandard ingredients or without proper warnings. It does not matter what the defective product is or necessarily what type of injury it caused, our legal staff can help you hold the companies responsible for their unsafe product. If you have been harmed by using a faulty product it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Westchester County product liability attorney who will explain to you your legal options.

Types of product liability claims

Product liability claims can be categorized as manufacturing defects, design defects or failure to warn. It is not unusual for a product liability case to be based on more than one type of problem.

A manufacturing claim involves something going wrong in the manufacturing phase. For example, if a drug was made with a tainted ingredient and as a result users were injured, victims would have a claim based on a faulty manufacturing process. Sadly it is not uncommon for products to be manufactured in a defective manner.

Some products are at the center of product liability claims because of a faulty design. Such products are manufactured according to specs, but are still dangerous because of something dangerous in the very design of the product. While in some cases the manufacturer is unaware of the design defect until after the product is in the marketplace, in other cases it is determined that manufacturer new or should have known of the danger the design presented to the public.

Another type of product liability claim is a failure to warn problem. In failure to warn cases the product is manufactured correctly and has an acceptable design. However, under certain circumstances the product presents a danger to the user. Manufacturers must warn the public of these dangers through proper labeling, package inserts, or instructions.

Examples of products that have a history of injuring consumers include:

  • SUVs- rollover problems- resulting back injuries, neck injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Crashworthiness of vehicles- resulting in back and head injuries and broken bones
  • Unsafe industrial machinery – resulting in amputations
  • Children's flammable garments- resulting in burns
  • Equipment and tools- resulting in amputations
  • Defective medical devices- resulting in internal injuries
  • Unsafe prescription or over-the-counter drugs- resulting in brain injuries
Pursuing a claim

It is unfair when consumers are injured or even killed because a company failed to make a product safe. The result of defective product claims can be injuries so serious that the victim must be treated for days, weeks, months and even years. The victim's once promising career is lost. The victim's finances fall into disarray. The law offers a way to for the victim to recoup losses suffered due to being injury by a defective product.

Through a personal injury lawsuit based on the theory of product liability, injured victims or their loved ones can sue the manufacturer, distributer or retailer and demand compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium and wrongful death.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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 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.

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