Defective products are a growing problem in the United States. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 1985 to 2010 the number of consumer product-related injuries rose from 28,064,000 to 38,573,000 — nearly a 40% increase.
The number of deaths associated with consumer products has also risen steadily from 21,700 in 1985 to 35,900 in 2008 — an increase of over 65%.
Along with these increases in injuries and deaths has come a growing awareness on the part of victims that they are entitled to justice and compensation when they are injured or even lose a loved one as a result of a defective product. From 2000 to 2014, the number of product liability cases filed per year rose from 15,318 to 61,136 — a nearly 300% increase.
If you or someone you know has been injured or lost a loved one and a defective product may have been involved, your best course of action is to contact the attorneys at Perry Charnoff. We offer free consultations so we can listen to the details of your story and provide you with candid advice about whether or not you have a valid legal claim. If you do, we have the staff and resources to investigate your case and take it to trial.
To help you gain a better understanding of product liability, we have put together a brief overview below.
What Is Product Liability?
Broadly, product liability involves manufacturers, distributors, and/or sellers being held responsible for providing a defective product to a consumer. Defects can take many forms. For example, the design may include a defective feature that is inherently unsafe; a manufacturing defect can be introduced during the production process; and/or a product can be marketed inappropriately by being labeled incorrectly, lacking crucial safety warnings, providing inadequate instructions, and more.
What Are Some Examples of Product Liability?
Product liability encompasses a wide variety of issues. Below are just a few examples of different types of product liability cases:
- Defects that make a vehicle more prone to crashes or more dangerous to occupants during a crash
- Tainted foods or medicines that harm consumers
- Medical devices that cause bone/tissue damage or that do not operate as advertised
- Children’s toys that are unsafe, pose a choking hazard, or that contain dangerous materials (like lead)
- Dangerous drugs with unlisted side effects or that are improperly prescribed
This is by no means an exhaustive list. As a consumer, you have a basic rights and an expectation that the products you are buying and using will be safe if used properly. If any product, from bad drugs to malfunctioning vehicle parts such as airbags, is not safe and causes serious harm or even death, you may have a valid product liability claim.
Perry Charnoff: Helping Victims of Defective Products
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or lost a loved one as a result of a defective product, contact the attorneys at Perry Charnoff. We can guide you through this difficult time and help you decide what your best course of action is.
We offer free consultations, and our contingent fee policy guarantees that you will not pay any attorney fees unless we achieve a recovery in your case. Please call us today at (703) 291-6650 or complete the form on this page to learn more.
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