New Jersey and New York Defective Product Accident Lawyers
Have you sustained injuries in New Jersey or New York due to a defective product? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Metro Law today for reliable legal aid.
Consumers across the New York metropolitan area go to stores and supermarkets to purchase products every day. When manufacturers design and build tools, machines, or other equipment, they need to produce items that serve the function they are supposed to serve. They also need to produce a product that is safe to operate each time it is used.
Although we hope that these products will make performing tasks easier for us that is not always the case. There are many instances where defective products cause severe injuries that require immediate medical attention. Products are often dangerous to use. They can malfunction, injuring the user in the process, or become unsafe after malfunctioning, leading to a later injury. If you have been injured at home, on the job, or elsewhere while using an unsafe product, contact the New York defective product lawyers at Metro Law. We have offices in Newark and in Staten Island from which to handle cases for injured clients.
Our lawyers have decades of experience helping consumers get justice following their accidents. We are committed to working with you every step of the way as you recover. We will not only fight to ensure your legal rights are protected, but we will advocate on your behalf to ensure your best interests are reflected as well. Contact our Newark defective product law firm right away to get started on your case.
Types of Dangerous Product Defects we See in New York & New Jersey
Reports from the Consumer Products Safety Commission show that more than 11 million people in the United States were hurt in 2020 due to products that were defective or malfunctioning. We see a significant number of people in the New York metropolitan area harmed every year due to products that fail to function as intended. Some of the leading types of defective products we see involved in personal injury claims include:
- Hazardous toys leading to injury or death
- Defective power tools
- Malfunctioning child safety restraints
- Defective medical equipment
- Defective/faulty auto parts (tire failure, defects leading to vehicle rollovers, etc.)
The top three consumer product-related injuries are caused by the following defective products:
- Stairs, landings, ramps, and floors: These products are the cause of nearly 2.7 million injuries every year in the United States.
- Beds, pillows, and mattresses: These products are the center of over 816,000 injury accidents in our country annually.
- Chairs, sofas, and sofa beds: More than 545,000 people are harmed in accidents due to these pieces of furniture.
Children and elderly adults make up the majority of victims harmed in accidents involving these defective products.
Children who are between the ages of 1-4 years sustain injuries at an alarming rate due to various other products as well. Studies find that over 15,111 children in this age group are harmed by soaps and detergents. More than 9,745 children are harmed by televisions and TV stands, and more than 7,752 children in this age group sustain injuries from accidents involving ovens, cooking ranges, and other appliances.
It is crucial that we, as consumers, recognize the potential injuries that products can cause should they malfunction. If you have been injured as a result of these or any other products that fail to function as intended, you must seek legal guidance right away. A skilled New York product liability attorney at Metro Law can review the circumstances surrounding your accident and determine all parties who assume liability for your injuries and suffering. We will stop at nothing to hold them to account and get you the justice you deserve.
What is Product Liability?
People throughout New York and New Jersey purchase products with the assumption that they are going to function safely and perform as intended, however, there are many instances where products malfunction. These incidents can lead to life-threatening injuries for victims.
In some instances, victims sustain devastating consequences of malfunctioning products due to the negligence of others. When victims are harmed by the reckless and negligent actions of others, it is imperative that they reach out to a defective product attorney in Newark to explore legal options available to them moving forward.
New York and New Jersey consumer laws provide victims with the ability to file legal claims against various parties should they be harmed by defective products. Some of the most common types of legal claims our team at Metro Law handles for victims include defects resulting from:
Designs: Design defects are often present early on. When they are overlooked, it can have devastating consequences for consumers.
Manufacturers: When manufacturers use the wrong materials or engage in improper techniques for building, assembling, and creating products, it can negatively impact the function of the product. As a result, innocent consumers can be harmed.
Marketing: It is imperative that each product released on the market contains specific information related to how they are to be used. Product labels need to specify the conditions under which a product can be used, when a product should not be used, how it is used, and other critical information. When this information is not included, and injuries pursue, legal actions can be taken.
Failure to warn: Products that are offered for sale across the United States are supposed to have directions, safety warnings, and other information pertaining to the safe use of a product. When products do not include warnings and other information for consumers, it can result in the improper use of a product. In these cases, victims can pursue legal options against various parties due to the failure to warn.
When designers, manufacturers, marketers, and various other parties engage in these negligent and reckless actions, they run the risk of placing consumers in harm’s way. When victims are injured in accidents caused by defective products, it is imperative that they seek the guidance of a qualified product liability attorney in Newark right away. Working with our aggressive and knowledgeable legal team at Metro Law will ensure you are in the best position possible to get the justice you deserve.
Parties who Can Be Held Liable for Defective Products
If you have been injured as a result of a defective product, you may have legal options available to you. Working with our team at Metro Law, we will help guide you every step of the way. We will help to identify when the defect became present during the creation process and determine all liable parties.
In general, one or more parties can be held liable for the injuries and damages you face as a consequence of defective products. Some of the most common parties identified in product liability claims include:
Designers: There are many instances where designers fail to make changes when designing products that demonstrate an obvious potential for danger. Designers who fail to recognize defects early on can be held liable for all injuries and damages resulting from its use.
Manufacturers: When manufacturers cut corners and use cheaper alternative materials, they place the lives of others at risk. Manufacturers can be held liable in cases where their actions led to the death or injury of a consumer.
Installer or assembler: Companies often offer assembly and installation services for consumers. When these professionals do not set up products correctly, they leave consumers at risk of being injured. Appliances routinely topple over, recliners snap at the first use, and various other accidents take place due to installers and assemblers cutting corners. These parties can be held liable by injured parties.
Distributors/Retailers: When people offer products for sale that are defective, they can be held liable for resulting injuries and damages. Unfortunately, there are far too many retailers who place profit over the safety of consumers. As a result, countless victims pay the ultimate price.
Our team will analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident and identify all parties who can be held accountable. We will take an aggressive approach toward holding wrongdoers accountable and getting you justice. Do not wait to take legal action. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Newark to get started on your case as soon as possible.
Can You Receive Compensation?
The lawyers at Metro Law have helped numerous victims obtain settlements and jury verdict awards for injuries, including those resulting from defective products. You may be able to file a lawsuit if your injuries resulted from household items like electric space heaters, washing machines, power tools, curling irons, and other items. For example, if a circular saw can be operated without the safety guard in place or if a space heater does not turn off when tipped over onto its front, the product may be defective.
You may also have a valid case for on-the-job injuries. In a recent case, our client’s hand was crushed at work in a roller machine that was missing a safety mechanism. We requisitioned company records to determine the manufacturer and obtained a $250,000 award for our client. If you have been injured on the job, you may be eligible for a defective product suit even if you are currently receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Each case is unique and results will vary depending on the facts of each case. In general, there are various damages that victims are able to recover compensation for following a product liability accident in New York or New Jersey. Some damages we help our clients receive compensation for include:
- Medical expenses for surgery, doctor appointments, and hospitalization
- Long-term care costs for therapy, rehabilitation, medication, and more
- Lost wages from taking time off work to recover
- Lost earnings for victims unable to return to work due to resulting disabilities
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disabilities
- Property damages
- Punitive damages
If victims end up passing away from their injuries, our New York wrongful death attorneys will help surviving relatives recover full and fair compensation for funeral expenses, burial fees, and other end-of-life expenses they face.
Our team will conduct a thorough investigation into the product, the manufacturer, and various other associated parties. We stop at nothing to ensure you are able to maximize your recoveries for the damages you face as a result of a defective or malfunctioning product. Contact our product liability attorneys in Newark today to schedule a free case review with our team to discuss the legal options available for you.
Contact a Product Safety Attorney to Protect Your Legal Rights
Being harmed by a defective or malfunctioning product can be devastating. Victims are often forced to deal with mental, physical, and emotional consequences that impact nearly every aspect of their lives. In most cases, victims have to spend extended time off work to recover from their injuries. The impacts of being harmed are only made worse by towering medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages. When victims sustain injuries due to defective products, they must contact a personal injury lawyer in Staten Island as soon as possible. A skilled legal team can provide you with the best chances of holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Our Newark product liability attorneys at Metro Law have decades of experience fighting to protect the legal rights of victims in New York and New Jersey who have been injured in accidents due to defective and malfunctioning products. Our team is well-versed in handling some of the most complex legal claims for victims to ensure they get justice.
If you have questions regarding product liability, contact our firm for answers and representation. We offer free initial consultations, are available for evening and weekend appointments, and employ in-house Spanish and Portuguese speakers for our clients’ convenience. To contact a Newark product liability lawyer, call us toll-free at 973-721-9984 or fill out our online form.