The Value of a Defective Product Case
Despite all the amazing innovations that have been made in consumer products, dangerous and defective products continue to be manufactured and sold to the public. Unfortunately, by the time we hear that a product is unsafe, someone has been injured. The reality is that these injuries could have been prevented if proper safety measures were taken. When businesses put their profits above safety, consumers are left vulnerable to injury and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured, speak to a New York City defective product lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance.
Often defective products are seen with:
- Defective appliances
- Flammable clothes and other products
- Dangerous recreational items
- Dangerous medications
- Contaminated food and beverages
- Defective automobiles, motorcycles
Defective products fall into three different categories:
- Design defects
- Manufacturer mistake
- Negligent marketing
Design defects occur when the product works the way it is supposed to, but there is a defect in the design that makes the product dangerous. Normally when this occurs, all the products of a product line are affected.
A manufacturing defect means that there is a flaw that has occurred during the manufacturing process that causes the product to be dangerous. This type of mistake usually only occurs with a few products in a product line.
A marketing defect occurs when there is a failure to warn the consumer about a possible danger regarding the item, or inadequate instructions are provided. The key here is the that the danger must be something that the average consumer wouldn't already know.
Stephen Bilkis and Associates has a long history of working with personal injury clients and getting them compensation for their injuries. We take pride in handling each case promptly, professionally and working hard to ensure that our clients get the compensation they deserve. Some of our wins include verdicts and settlements for sixty-nine million ($69,000,000), thirty million ($30,000,000), nineteen million ($19,000,000), and twelve million ($12,000,000). We take your trust in us very seriously, and work hard to get you the results you and your family need to get on with your life.The Value of a Defective Product Case
We get this question often, and the truth is, there is no quick answer. The value of a defective product case depends on things like who is at fault, how severe are the injuries, what are the insurance policy limits, and the amount of medical bills and lost wages. A breakdown of these is as follows:
Insurance Policy Limits: The insurance policy limits will have a direct impact on what you will be able to recover, and the value of your case. Regardless of the amount of your damages, you will be unable to collect over and above the limit of the policy. There may be other attached policies or avenues to pursue however.
Medical Bills: If your injury was caused by a defective product, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical bills. Depending on the nature of your injury, this could amount to thousands of dollars. Also, you may be able to collect compensation for future medical expenses. Future medical costs could include future corrective surgeries, physical and emotional therapy, home health care, etc.
Pain and Suffering: A New York City defective product lawyer will explain that New York allows a victim to collect compensation for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering addresses things like distress, depression, physical and emotional pain and anxiety. The amount of this is usually determined based on the severity of your injury, whether the injury is permanent, and if you have experienced a loss of quality of life.
Lost Wages: If you have missed time from work because of your injury, you can be compensated for your financial losses.
Punitive Damages: Whether you can collect for punitive damages will depend on what state you are in and where you file your lawsuit. Generally, these kinds of damages are appropriate where the defendant has done something particularly egregious. It will be important to discuss the circumstances of your injury with a defective product lawyer who serves New York City area.
With these things in mind, the following are a few examples of defective product cases and their outcomes:
$9,800,000 Jury Verdict: Plaintiff injured because of a defective surgical tool.
$70,000,000 Jury Verdict: A child was injured because of taking a defective drug.
$55,000,000 Jury Verdict: Female contracts cancer because of using talcum powder.
If you or a family member has been injured because of a defective product, you probably have a lot of questions. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates for answers. Speak to a defective product lawyer from one our New York City locations. We have offices in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. You will be able to discuss the value of a defective product case and ensure that your rights are protected. Call them at 800.696.9529.