New Hyde Park Product Liability Lawyers

What to Do If You Are Injured by a Defective Product

When we use consumer products—from the cars we drive to the equipment we use at work to the medications we take—we expect those products to be reasonably safe and free of defects. In fact, many product manufacturers owe the public a duty of care, meaning they are required to create products that work as intended and do not cause unreasonable harm. Unfortunately, defective products can and do still make it onto the consumer market with alarming frequency. When this happens, the effects can be disastrous.

If you or someone you love was injured by a defective consumer product, contact the New Hyde Park product liability lawyers at our firm. You have the legal right to hold the creators and distributors of defective products accountable, but actually collecting compensation for your damages is difficult without the help of an experienced legal professional. At The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP, we are ready to put our decades of collective experience on your side.

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What Makes a Product Defective?

Generally speaking, products can have three primary types of defects:

  • Design Defects: These occur when the design of the product itself is defective, rendering it unreasonably dangerous even when it is used as intended and according to the instructions
  • Manufacturing Defects: These occur when an error is made during the manufacturing stage of production, affecting certain components, parts, or units, rather than the entire product line
  • Labeling Defects: These include mistakes in product labeling/marketing, such as missing instructions, improper warning labels, or failure to list medication side effects

Determining which type of defect a product has is often a key element in establishing liability. In product liability cases in New York, claims can be based on one of four legal theories: strict liability, in which the defendant is strictly liable for harm caused by a defective product, regardless of negligence; tortious misrepresentation, in which the defendant is intentionally deceitful regarding the product and/or its use and effects; breach of implied warranty, in which the product does not work in the way in which it is advertised or intended or fails to meet certain standards; and negligence, in which the defendant was careless, reckless, or acted wrongfully in creating, manufacturing, or distributing the product.

Common Defective Products

While any product can be defective, over time, certain consumer goods have an established history of containing potentially harmful defects.

Some common examples of defective products include:

  • Auto parts, including tires, airbags, door latches, and seatbelts
  • Auto design, including SUVs that are prone to tipping over
  • Prescription/over-the-counter medications and medical devices
  • Household appliances, such as clothes dryers or water heaters
  • Industrial equipment, heavy machinery, and power tools
  • Children’s products, such as toys, cribs, and car seats
  • Electronics, including cell phones, computers, and chargers

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list; as previously mentioned, any product can be defective. If you were injured or if your loved one was killed after using a defective or unreasonably dangerous product, reach out to our New Hyde Park product liability attorneys to learn how we can help.

How The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP Can Help

Proving that a defective product was the cause of your car accident, illness, or injuries is not easy. It’s important that you work with an experienced legal team who not only understands the law but also knows how to use key evidence, including witness statements and medical records, to build a strong case on your behalf.

At The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP, we offer innovative legal solutions to all our clients. Our attorneys utilize cutting-edge technology in order to build and present persuasive cases, and we are prepared to answer your questions, address your concerns, and guide you through the entire legal process from start to finish.

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