An increasing amount of news reports feature a consumer that was seriously injured or killed by an unreasonably dangerous product. Whether it is automobile related, medical devices, children's toys, food products, appliances, household products, recreation or sporting goods, products have become increasingly harmful to consumers. In fact, product recalls have grown exponentially over the last few years, with companies in the United States reporting more than 400 recalled products each year. Further, the world's leading producer of recalled dangerous products, China, exports most of their goods to United States consumers. Each and every consumer should be able to rely on their products' safety. Don't let negligent and careless companies get away with selling dangerous and defective products that can injure and kill innocent consumers.
The experienced Boston personal injury lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. has handled hundreds of defective product cases, successfully recovering compensation for victims and their loved ones who were injured or wrongfully killed. For a FREE and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, call our Boston, Cambridge, or Quincy office at 617-225-2100. We have had many successful battles with large companies who manufacture and design defective products, the insurance companies that attempt to help them escape rightful liability, and their lawyers.
Product designers, wholesalers, sellers, manufacturers, and distributors must ensure that their products are safe for consumer use. When these parties fail to meet adequate safety standards, the unsafe products can cause serious injuries or fatalities. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective product, you have the right to file for damages against any liable parties. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that there were over 232,000 injuries related to toys in 2007 alone.
Common Defective Products
The following are common products that have caused serious injuries or wrongful deaths:
- Toddler/Baby Products
- Makeup/Cosmetic Products
- Household Appliances
- Industrial Machinery
- Industrial Tools
- Surgical Screws
- Flammable Materials (clothing, curtains, etc.)
- Table Saw Injuries
Product Liability Law
Product liability law deals with three different kinds of product defects. These defects are: flawed product designs, errors in manufacturing processes, and marketing defects. Products are classified as “defective” when they pose a hazard that could’ve been prevented by the company or manufacturer. Liability lawsuits can be made when the product defect is due to a party’s negligence, misrepresentation of the product, or a breach of warranty. Even if the defective product was incorrectly used by the consumer, if that incorrect use was reasonably foreseeable to the designer or manufacturer and reasonable warnings or corrective actions were not taken, there exists liability on the product's manufacturer or designer.
Even if a product has been correctly designed, manufactured, and marketed, a consumer may still be harmed due to product defects. In Massachusetts, the product liability law holds both manufacturers and sellers liable. Even if the manufacturer or seller did not contribute to the defect, the plaintiff can prove that a product posed enough risk to cause injuries or wrongful deaths.
Proving a Product Liability Claim
These product liability claims are put under strict liability laws. If you want to pursue a liability claim, you need to show that the product was used as intended and it caused unanticipated harm. Product liability claims can occur due to a manufacturer’s negligence if the manufacturer was unreasonable and careless with the design or production. Speak to a product liability lawyer in order to know what the best arguments are for your liability claim.
In product liability cases, compensation can be used to cover any medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as emotional distress. In tragic cases where defective products cause death, compensation from wrongful death damages can be awarded to the victim’s loved one. Punitive damages may be possible in some cases. Speak to an experienced product liability attorney in order to determine your options for your specific case. Call 617-225-2100 for a free consultation today.
Liability Claims Can Sometimes Be Class Action Lawsuits
If many people suffer the same type of harm from the same defective product, there are usually multiple claims against the manufacturer of that product. These multiple claims are usually combined into one class action claim. If you have been considering a class action lawsuit for your defective product claim, speak with a product liability attorney to discuss what is best for you. Class actions are usually the easiest way to obtain compensation. If you have a strong case and are comfortable with going to court alone then you avoid joining the class and losing control of your lawsuit. The experienced attorneys at Bellotti Law Group can help you navigate your case, and put your needs first. If you have been harmed by a defective product, you deserve compensation. Call us for a free consultation at 617-225-2100.
Our Attorneys Investigate Each And Every Cause Of Action
Successful legal action against large corporations takes experience, aggressiveness, skill, and thorough preparation. Our attorneys explore every angle to hold at-fault manufacturers and designers of defective products liable, including: poorly designed products, products without adequate warnings, dangerous materials used in manufacture like lead and asbestos, improper or inadequate testing of products, improperly constructed or assembled products, manufacturing defects, incorrectly maintained products, etc. In short, if the product is in any way defective, we will hold at-fault designers and/or manufacturers accountable for the damages the defect has caused. We have worked with some of the area's premiere engineers, medical professionals, and other experts to help prove our client's cases. If necessary, we will employ the best expert services possible on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured or wrongfully killed by a defective product, call the experienced Boston personal injury attorneys today at 617-225-2100. You can also use our safe and secure contact form and we will respond promptly.