Defective Products Attorney
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2010 more than 36 million people received medical treatments for injuries caused by using consumer products (the agency’s definition of “consumer products” included not only ordinary household products such as clothing, furniture, electronics, toys, sporting goods, tools, and drugs and medical devices, but also such home features as stairs and floors). Besides the CPSC, other federal agencies regulating safety issues for consumer products include the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others.
Think for a second how many news reports you remember telling you of hazardous products involved in government or manufacturer-led recalls. Cars subject to uncontrollable acceleration, drywall imported from China releasing noxious fumes and promoting mold growth, children’s cribs posing suffocation hazards – the list could go on at much greater length, illustrating how pervasive product safety concerns are.
Defective Products Law in New York
Consumer products can be defective in three main ways. The design of the overall product or of one or more component parts might be unreasonably dangerous; the product may have been manufactured incorrectly; or the product may lack warnings or instructions needed for safe use. Consumers injured by the product can usually seek redress from the manufacturer of the product, a distributor or retailers, or an assembler or installer of the product.
To succeed, a defective product claim not only has to show the product was defective and posed unreasonable risks under normal use (which often requires extensive analysis and expert testimony), but also proved that the defect caused an injury.
Defective product cases often raise complex factual and legal issues. For instance, defendants in defective product cases may not only deny any defect, but also argue the injury stemmed from the user’s own negligence, or from an unintended use of the product. Defendants sometimes claim the user ignored or accepted an obvious risk, or that the product was as safe as it could be made.
Free Consultation: Experienced New York City Defective Products Attorney
If a defective or unreasonably dangerous product has caused harm to you or a loved one, you should promptly consult an experienced New York defective products attorney. For a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation, call us toll-free at (800) 230-0744.
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