Product Defect Injury
The attorneys of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC understand that
products that are not safe for their intended use often injure
people. Products sold to consumers can be inadequate in their
design, manufacture or labeling. Injury can occur in the home from
defective products used in our daily lives, from contaminated bags
of spinach to hair dryers that cause fires. They can also injure us
during recreation, such as when a motorcycle or football helmet
fails to protect its owner.
Products sold to consumers are regulated by the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission. According to the USCPSC, more than 22,000
deaths and 29.5 million injuries occur each year due to defective or
incorrectly labeled products. The injuries and deaths and associated
property damage from defective products cost the American public
over $500 billion annually.
Consumers have rights that protect them from defective or
unreasonably dangerous products, and manufacturers have a duty to
make a safe product. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
In a product liability case, the law may find blame with any or all
individuals involved in the manufacture or sale of a product. This
can include the designer, manufacturer, supplier, and retailer.
These individuals may be held liable for any injury their product
The attorneys of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC represent consumers who
have been seriously injured by defective products, both at home and
in the workplace. A defect is an imperfection that renders a product
unsafe for its intended or reasonably foreseeable uses. There are
three general kinds of defects: design defects, manufacturing
defects, and warning defects.
- Design defects: Exists when a whole class of products
is inadequately planned, such that it poses unreasonable risks
to consumers. A car manufacturer's design of a vehicle with the
fuel tank positioned so that it explodes in low-speed collisions
can be classified as defective. When the design is defective,
even products perfectly manufactured are defective.
- A Production or Manufacturing defect: Exists when a
sound design plan is not followed and the product is improperly
- Improper Labeling, Instructions, or Warnings:
Dangerous products must carry warning labels that explain their
proper use, the circumstances that are likely to cause harm, and
what steps should be taken in an emergency involving the
product. The Food and Drug Administration sets the minimum
labeling standards that manufacturers must follow for regulating
food (humans and animal), dietary supplements, drugs (human and
animal), cosmetics, medical devices (human and animal) and
radiation emitting devices (including non-medical devices),
biologics and blood products in the United States. Proper
labeling requirements also apply to claims made in sales
materials, product displays, and advertising for FDA-regulated
products. If these requirements are not met and a consumer is
injured, a products liability suit can enable the consumer to
recover the resulting damages.
Products liability cases require a thorough investigation by an
experienced legal team to determine which organizations should be
named as defendants and which legal theories should be pursued. It
is also essential in products liability to take measures promptly to
preserve evidence, document the chain of custody of the product, and
to enable various expert witnesses to carefully evaluate the product
which caused your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by any defective product,
contact the attorneys of the Joe
Griffith Law Firm, LLC. We will prepare a comprehensive,
compelling case for your right to receive monetary compensation for
any injuries you or your loved ones may have suffered due to a
product defect injury. We will investigate the facts, assess your
claim, determine which parties and insurance companies are to be
held responsible, organize all of the details of your case and
pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. We stand
ready and capable to provide our clients the highest caliber of
professional service, with a personal touch and a friendly attitude.
Call us at 843-CALL-JOE (843-225-5563), or contact us via our
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