Dangerous & Defective Products
Have you been injured by a defective or dangerous consumer product? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses through a product liability lawsuit.
Manufacturers, assemblers, distributors and sellers in New York retail stores may be held liable for the harm caused by a defective consumer product. Product liability law is based on the principle that those who make, market and sell consumer products have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe when used as intended. If a product is inherently dangerous, there must be a clear warning.
If you think you may have a product liability claim after an accident in New York, the lawyers of Powers & Santola, LLP, are ready to provide you with a free review of your potential case.
We have been pursuing full and fair compensation on behalf of people hurt by defective products since 1987. Contact our upstate New York law firm now to learn more about how our experienced attorneys can help you. The consultation is free and without further obligation.
Common Types of Defective Products
Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and others involved in the sale of consumer goods to the public may be held liable when it is shown that a product was defective and the defect caused someone’s injury.
A product liability lawsuit may be based on a product’s design defects, faulty manufacturing, and/or flawed marketing of the product, or on the failure to warn about the dangers posed by an inherently dangerous product.
A claim would have to prove that the product in question:
- Was defective by design; or
- Was manufactured incorrectly (not according to design standards; or
- Failed to contain adequate warnings or directions for proper use; or
- Failed to perform as advertised or described by the manufacturer.
Any faulty product that causes harm may be the subject of a legal claim. The types of defective products commonly cited in product liability lawsuits include:
- Automotive products – Cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as automotive components (airbags, seat belts, brakes, steering, accelerators, ignition systems and fuel tanks, for example).
- Children’s products – Car seats, cribs, strollers, toys, toy boxes and pajamas, for example.
- Construction and building products – Asbestos, ladders, scaffolding and dangerous structures such as stairways or decks, for example.
- Household products – Power tools, lawn mowers, ladders, carbon monoxide detectors, lamps, grills and space heaters, for example.
- Medical devices – Artificial hips, breast implants, surgical or transvaginal mesh, drug-coated stents and defibrillators, for example.
- Pharmaceutical products (medications) – Diabetes drugs, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, diet drugs, birth-control medications and devices (IUDs), vaccines and over-the-counter drugs, for example.
- Recreational vehicles – ATVs, boats, off-road motorcycles, personal watercraft (Sea-Doo, Jet Ski), and their component parts and systems, for example.
We Seek Justice for Injuries Caused by Defective Products
In many cases after a consumer product is alleged to have caused many injuries or deaths, it will be recalled from the market. Manufacturers may recall products voluntarily or by order of a governmental oversight agency, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or others.
Unfortunately, a recall does nothing for those who have already been hurt.
You do not have to wait for a recall to seek compensation if you have been injured by a faulty product. Product liability claims are often complicated and lengthy undertakings. A legal claim may require taking on a large manufacturer with vast resources to fight an individual lawsuit.
Some cases become class-action lawsuits, combining similar claims, or multi-district litigation (MDL) cases, which combine multiple suits so they may be heard in a single court.
At Powers & Santola, LLP, a product liability case starts with a thorough investigation of the accident, injury and relationship between the consumer product and the victim’s injury. When evidence shows that a manufacturer, distributor, retailer and/or another party was responsible, we are ready to work hard to hold them liable.
Our goal is to help our clients recover the maximum compensation that the law allows.
Discuss Your Defective Product Claim with our Albany Product Liability Attorneys
If you believe a defective and dangerous consumer product caused you or a loved one to suffer serious injuries, contact Powers & Santola, LLP, today. Our product defect lawyers are ready to provide a free consultation and review of your case.
Call us now in Albany, Syracuse, or Rochester, or contact us online.