New York Defective Product Injury Lawyers
Santana Law Firm is a New York City-based personal injury law firm that represents clients who have been harmed by dangerous products. Our team of experienced defective product lawyers has helped victims throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and the rest of NYC advocate for themselves and receive the compensation they deserve.
Suffering a serious injury caused by a dangerous product can change your life in an instant. In the most tragic cases, a defective product can even cause death. No person should suffer just because they used an everyday product—and when injuries do happen, victims deserve to be made whole through financial damages.
If you or a loved one is recovering from a product-related injury, the last thing you need to be doing is dealing with insurance companies or legal claims. Let the team at Santana Law Firm take on your case and fight for the maximum compensation for you. With more than two decades of legal experience, our firm is dedicated to helping individuals fight negligent companies and systems of injustice.
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What Is a Defective Product?
Companies that create, distribute, and sell products have a legal obligation to ensure their goods are safe for consumers to use. This duty applies to the design and manufacture of products as well as the inclusion of warning labels and instructions for use. When companies fail to meet this duty, they are selling a defective product.
Virtually any item can be defective. Defective product lawsuits commonly involve:
- Car and truck parts
- Car seats
- Children’s toys
- Drugs and medicines
- Household goods and appliances
- Medical devices
- Safety equipment
- Tools and machinery
We use these products daily with no issue most of the time, yet they can become deadly when they are not functioning properly or when consumers aren't told how to use them.
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Types of Defects in Product Liability Cases
In order to proceed with a product liability case, your lawyer must be able to identify the type of defect that caused your injury. Defective products must fall under one of the following categories:
Design Defects: There is a fundamental flaw in the way the product was designed. The product may have been manufactured correctly, but the product presents a danger to consumers because of an incorrect design. For example, if a chair company designs a three-legged chair that is prone to tipping over and the company does not change the design to minimize possible harm to consumers, that is a design defect.
Manufacturing Defects: There was a problem during the manufacturing process that made the otherwise safe product unsafe. There is no problem with the product’s inherent design, but something went wrong during production. For example, if parts were not fastened together correctly during the manufacturing of machinery, that is a manufacturing defect.
Failure to Warn: There is nothing wrong with the product itself, but consumers were not warned about possible dangers or given the proper instructions for use. Some products can be sold even if they are not 100% safe, but companies are required to inform consumers about potential risks. For example, if a hair dryer company does not include a label warning consumers about the possibility of electric shock if the dryer comes in contact with water, that is a failure to warn.
Injuries from Dangerous Products
Research from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that nearly 30 million people are injured by defective products each year. These injuries can range from minor to catastrophic, with some injuries even resulting in death.
A defective product may cause:
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
- Eye loss
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones and fractures
These types of injuries can completely alter the course of your life. You don’t need to suffer in silence while the parties responsible for your injuries continue to put consumers in danger.
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Compensation for Dangerous Product Injuries
If you have been harmed by a dangerous product, you are entitled to receive compensation for past medical expenses and future costs.
A judge may order the responsible party to pay for:
Future medical treatment
Loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of future earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to pursue legal action against multiple parties, including the manufacturer, designer, retail outlet, and/or wholesaler. Any party involved in the creation and sale of the product in question can be held liable. An experienced defective products attorney can help you determine who the responsible parties are and seek the maximum compensation possible.
by a Defective Product
If it’s safe to keep the product, store it somewhere secure. Keep all physical evidence that could help your case, such as packaging, instruction manuals, and small pieces that have broken off the product.
Photographs of the product, your injuries, and the location where the injury happened can all help your case. You never know what crucial evidence the camera will capture, so it’s always better to have too many photos than not enough.
If the product shows no signs of defectiveness, you don’t have a case. Do not try to fix or alter the product in any way. Simply preserve it and follow your lawyer’s instructions.
The most important thing you have is your health. Make sure your health is taken care of and your doctor documents your injury and diagnosis.
If you have even the slightest sense that you want to pursue legal action, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for defective product cases in New York is three years after the date the injury occurred or the date the injury was discovered. Engaging a lawyer quickly not only preserves your right to file a claim but ensures that a thorough investigation can be performed.
Top NYC Defective Products Personal Injury Lawyers
No one expects to be harmed by a commonly used product. Suffering a sudden injury or the death of a loved one is a terrifying experience that you should not face alone.
Although nothing can reverse the pain and suffering of an unexpected injury, taking legal action can help you find a sense of justice, pay for medical expenses, and prevent the same harm from happening to someone else.
The NYC defective product lawyers at Santana Law Firm have decades of experience helping people who have suffered due to the negligence of corporations. Our team is passionate about seeking justice for individuals going head-to-head with the big guys. We stick with our clients every step of the way until they receive the damages they deserve.
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