Thanks to modern technology and trade agreements, United States residents purchase a significant number of goods from all around the world. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) reports that the United States is the world’s largest trading nation. In 2019, the US had over $5.6 trillion in exports and imports of goods and services. While buying and selling goods stimulates our economy, not all the products are properly assembled. Throughout the United States, consumers everywhere suffer injuries from defectively designed, produced and marketed products. When we purchase a product, we trust that it has been correctly assembled and inspected. However, if a product is defective and malfunctions, it can result in severe injuries.
If you suffer harm from a defective product, you may suffer significant injuries and property damage. You can take legal action against the responsible party and partner with a professional lawyer. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our product liability lawyers in Ossining, New York, have over 65 years of combined experience protecting clients from careless and inexcusable behavior. A defective product often means a significant issue within the manufacturing process and could affect more than one party. Speak with our legal professionals about your injuries from a defective product and how you may be able to recover compensation for your losses.
Product liability refers to the legal obligations manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others involved in the chain of commerce regarding products have to the safety of consumers. When a company’s defective and malfunctioning products cause harm to product users, the victims have the right to file an injury claim to recover compensation and justice for the damages they suffer because of the accident.
After suffering harm from a defective product in New York, there are a few elements you need to consider when filing a product liability claim. One essential aspect is proving the responsible party’s negligence. To recover the compensation you deserve, you will need to provide evidence of:
Without the proper evidence, you will have difficulty recovering the damages you suffered in a product liability accident. By partnering with an experienced product liability lawyer, you will have someone acting on your behalf to investigate and gather the necessary information for your claim while you focus on your recovery.
New York product liability claims may fall under three categories. To better understand your accident and claim, it is helpful to know which category (or categories) your claim falls under. Consider these three areas of product liability:
Before the product enters the manufacturing and assembly process, engineers and other professionals design the product. Designing an item requires precise calculations and experience as well as peer evaluation and critique. If a product’s design has significant issues and a company ignores or disregards the potential dangers, it may result in injuries to one or more consumers. Many people are often involved in design defect cases.
The claim will fall under defectively manufactured when a product is incorrectly assembled, created, or inspected. Whether there is a mechanical failure or a miscalculation during production, a mistake in production can lead to dangerous conditions down the line. When these accidents occur, there is often a more profound issue involved within the management and training of a company.
Most products will have warnings and instructions on the item to give consumers the knowledge they need to use them safely. However, if there are inadequate instructions or warnings on the product, a consumer may unknowingly handle or mishandle the product and suffer severe injuries.
Every product liability claim is unique and requires tailored legal representation specific to your needs. New Yorkers generally have three years from the date of the accident to file a product liability claim (though the deadline can be far shorter in certain circumstances), and a failure to commence the lawsuit within that time will prevent you from bringing the claim thereafter. The sooner you contact a lawyer about your product liability accident and injuries, the more time they have to investigate your claim and pursue the compensation you deserve.
Product liability claims are often complex and intricate, involving not only the improper assembly of a product but also the inner workings of the responsible organization. To try to cover up their mistakes and larger issues, a company may offer you a minor sum of money to sweep the accident under the rug. However, you deserve to recover full compensation and to receive justice for the liable party’s inexcusable behavior.
Lever & Ecker, PLLC, has the resources and connections to create a strong case and navigate the complexities of a product liability claim. With 65+ years of combined experience fighting for clients’ rights, we understand the challenges you face against an intimidating opponent. Companies and organizations may try to intimidate or force you into an unfair agreement. Our award-winning lawyers will handle those frightening situations and ensure your rights are protected. We will even go to trial if necessary. Before you agree to any settlement, speak with our firm at (718) 933-3632 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.