When you purchase a product, you expect it to be safe and able to perform properly. The law requires that a product is designed with all reasonable safety features to protect users from injury.
Manufacturers are not permitted to ignore safety features that could be designed into a product. The goal is to make the safest product possible.
A defective product is one that could be made safer if the manufacturer was more careful.
For example, a product could have a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or even be defective if it fails to properly warn about dangers. A manufacturer is negligent if a defective product causes injury to someone.
Have you been seriously injured by a defective product?
Defective products harm millions of people each year.
Our experienced defective product attorneys have successfully represented clients injured as a result of unsafe products that were designed, manufactured, sold, and/or furnished by a person or company.
Some areas of our practice include:
• Automotive defects – tire blowouts, seat belt, air bag, car seats, breaks, SUV rollover, post-collision fires
• Consumer products – power tools, appliances, children’s toys, playground equipment
• Workplace accidents – defective lifts, heavy equipment, burns, explosions, electrocution, elevator-escalator
• Defective medical devices – pacemakers, Medtronic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD), CRT-D devices
• Improper warning labels
What should I do first after being injured by a defective product?
Every action you take after the injury can have major consequences later — positive or negative.
A defective product lawyer might not be the first person you need to call, but you should get legal advice early. With that said, our philosophy is safety first.
Here’s a short checklist of what to do:
1. Seek medical help immediately. Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious, see your doctor as soon as possible.
Some injuries may not surface for days or even weeks after the accident, so it’s best to make sure you catch any minor injuries before aggravating them.
2. Preserve the evidence. Take pictures of the product and make sure the product is preserved for evidence purposes.
Do not use the product or allow anyone else to use the product until you have spoken with an experienced defective product lawyer.
3. Collect names and contact information.
Make sure you have the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident as well as any witnesses.
4. Gather information. Take pictures of your injuries.
Gather any information and documents about the product that you have.
5. Start a journal. The best way to keep track of the mental/emotional impact of the injury is to keep a daily journal describing how the accident is affecting you and your immediate family.
You should also write down all your expenses, notes, transportation costs, lost wages and any other relevant details.
6. Consult with a defective product attorney. It’s important to discuss your case with a defective product attorney before you fill out any forms, sign any checks, or meet with anyone.
You can request a free case evaluation with a defective product attorney by filling out the Free Case Evaluation form on the left side of this page.
If I contact a defective product attorney, what can I expect?
You can expect to have an experienced attorney give you a fair and honest evaluation of whether your product was legally defective.
We will investigate the matter thoroughly and take the necessary actions to prove your case, including:
• Interviewing you and any witnesses to learn your side of the story
• Researching the Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if there are other similar claims
• Speak with your doctors and physicians to evaluate the extent and severity of your injuries
• Review the product designs with expert safety engineers
If your defective product attorney and you think there’s a strong case, your civil trial lawyer will take the next steps.
These steps include:
• Contact the manufacturers to notify them of your claims
• Contact potential medical experts to review your medical records including doctor reports and hospital records
• Hire and work with an expert trained in defective product investigations
Do I have to file a lawsuit?
No, you don’t necessarily have to file a lawsuit with a defective product attorney. Many minor cases are settled without filing a lawsuit.
However, if you have suffered an injury that required medical attention and/or rehabilitation, an attorney can help you recover the expenses you incur as well as compensation for pain and suffering by presenting a strong case supported by irrefutable evidence.
What compensation am I entitled to?
Each case handled by a defective product lawyer involves a different set of circumstances, and therefore different amounts of money.
The exact amount of money you can recover can’t be determined without analyzing all information related to your injury including your medical bills, loss of income, and the severity of your injury.
NJ law allows recovery for pain and suffering, disfigurement, past and future medical bills, and past and future lost wages.
Also, if you have a previous injury, you may be able to recover damages for re-injuring or aggravating it.
Injured by a faulty product? Our defective product attorneys can help
If you or a loved on has been injured by a faulty product, please contact our defective product attorneys. Whether you were injured by a simple household item or heavy machinery, we can help you pursue a successful product liability claim for financial damages.
You can contact the Mininno Law Office by filling out the form on the left side of this page or calling (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.
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