Defective or dangerous products cause thousands of injuries or even deaths in the United States every year. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2015 Annual Report (the most recent available) found nearly 4,000 deaths associated with various consumer products from October 2011 to September 2012. These products included sports equipment, home appliances, child supplies and much more.
Generally, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of a consumer. If a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the manufacturer, as well as anyone in the distribution chain that makes the product available for consumers, including suppliers and retailers, can be held responsible. Product liability law refers to the area of law or set of rules designed to ensure accountability. Though there is no federal product liability law, various state laws, such as negligence or breach of warranty, allow victims and their families to pursue legal recourse should they be injured or killed by a defective product.
Wilkes & McHugh has years of experience with a variety of product liability issues, from unsafe fireplaces to defective hip replacements to dangerous prescription drugs. Our team of skilled attorneys knows how to dig into a product liability case to identify the elements of a negligence claim and protect your rights. Our firm has a reputation for refusing to back down from large corporations; we stand up for everyday people who are victims of corporate greed.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a defective or dangerous product, contact us today.