Every day, we place trust in the objects around us. When we sit down on a chair, we expect it to support our weight—that is, after all, what it was designed and manufactured to do. Cars, machines, tools, cleaning products and chemicals, even simple household objects like toys and kitchen appliances, improve our lives when they perform their function well. However, every product goes through many hands in the production chain, and mistakes can occur at all levels, from design to manufacturing to packaging. Tragically, serious injury, even death, can occur as a result of these mistakes.
If you have been injured because an object or product was defective, manufactured with faulty materials or parts, designed unsafely, or didn't carry adequate warnings, you may be eligible for compensation from the product's manufacturer. The Minnesota attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence can help you understand your circumstances, determine who is at fault for your injuries, and help you seek justice in light of your family's suffering.
Defective products can have devastating consequences for your loved ones.
Defective or unsafe products could include exploding pop bottles, hammers or nails that fragment when used, children's toys that cause choking or suffocation, improper electrical wiring in a toaster that caused a household fire, and many others.
To recover damages for injuries resulting from a defective product, your lawyers must prove in court that the product's defect caused your injury. A product can be considered defective in several ways:
- It can be manufactured improperly, causing it to break and cause an injury. For example, if a chain wasn't forged correctly and broke, causing an injury.
- It could have an improper design. For example, a space heater that is not designed to guard the user from burns resulting from contact with the electrical coils could be considered defective.
- It may not carry adequate warnings. Some products are unable to be equipped with guarding devices and therefore, the law may require a warning to protect the user. If the warning or caution is not considered adequate, the product may be considered defective.
To prove that a product was defective, a technical professional in the field will be called upon to examine the product and determine if it was unreasonably dangerous.
Contact with defective products may result in many kinds of injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective product, you may be eligible to recover damages for:
- Pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and interference with familial relationships
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death
- Emotional distress
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
- … and other general damages.
Defective product claims are complicated—enlist professional help.
In product liability cases, it is sometimes difficult to identify who is the responsible party. Also, keep in mind that these claims must be brought within four years of the date of the injury.
If you are injured by a defective product, it is very important that you keep the product as evidence. If the product is too large and you cannot keep it in your possession, then take photographs of the product as soon as possible to prove what it was like at the time of your injury. To have the best chance of winning your case, always have the accident promptly investigated and the product examined by a skilled professional while the evidence is fresh and witnesses are still available.
To make sure this investigation is completed correctly and that your rights are protected, contact the Minnesota lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence, and they'll introduce you to a Minnesota attorney who has proven experience in this area of law. Our staff is also connected to an array of industry professionals who can evaluate your situation, participate in your investigation, and perhaps testify on your behalf to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for the mistakes that caused your family's pain and suffering.