According to a recently-released report from the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2008-2010 there were over 36 MILLION U.S residents that were medically treated for consumer product related injuries.
These injuries were caused by every day items that most people use during an average week - sporting equipment, flooring, stairs, defective toys, electronics, building products, medical products, pharmaceutical drugs and the like.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, you may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit and claim compensation for any damages that you may have sustained.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the "Free Case Review" form to the right.
Common Reasons Why People Get Injured By Defective Products
Admittedly, there can be MANY different ways that people can be injured by a defective product - as there are often a multitude of ways that an item can be used.
Having said that, most injuried can be categorized into three separate areas:
- manufacturing defects - during the manufacturing phase, there can be issues that occur when producing or packaging an item.
- design defects - when an item is designed by product engineers, occassionally there can be mistakes designed into the product - an exmaple would be using the incorrect gauge of steel in a mechanical device, so that when it operates under strain, the steel breaks.
- lack of warning notices / incorrect advertising - from time to time products are incorrectly or falsely labelled with instructions about how to use an item. This can result in products being put through more strenuous environments than they are designed to withstand.
The manufacturer, a testing laboratory, the medical sales representative, a seller of devices, a hospital and / or a doctor can all potentially be liable for injuries caused by defective products.
Common Defective Medical Products & The FDA
While most medical items are created with the intention of helping sick patients, unfortuantely, due to the extremely competitive medical product industry, often products are rushed on the market before they have had enough time to be thoroughly tested.
Many people are under the impression that if the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved a device, it is safe for general use, however - the industry often pushes for FDA approval without fully testing its own products.
A list of devices that are considered dangerous or defective can include:
- Knee joints
- Hip replacement devices
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Cosmetic surgery implants
- Vaginal Mesh
- Contraceptive devices
- GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis products
It's worth considering that in some cases, despite being tested on animals before being released - problems with a device or drug may only become apparent when people display health problems after using the device for a period of time.
As a modern society, we depend on medicine to improve our health and to extend our lives - relying on the manufacturers and government oversight to ensure that their products have been thoroughly tested and proven to be safe BEFORE they are released for mass consumption.
Unfortunately, mistakes can happen, which often result in catastrophics results for injury victims and their families. At our firm, the team of product liability attorneys strongly believe that both individuals and companies need to be held accountable for their actions.
With a hard-won reputation of fighting for the rights of individuals - not large firms and corporations - we have the knowledge and determination to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation benefits.
Product Liability Cases And Insurance Companies
Should an injury victim decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, the manufacturer of the product will often employ the services of an investigator to research the history of the claimant, to help determine if they have a robust case or not.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to understand that these investigators are NOT your friend. As highly-skilled workers, they are trained to obtain information from injury victims and their families, which can be used against them in a lawsuit.
At our firm, we are aware of the tactics that insurance companies will often employ, and can help to prepare our clients for their questions. In most instances, we will simply arrange for the insurance company to only contact us with any inquiries - thus ensuring that our clients' best interests are kept at all times.
What Does It Cost To Hire A Lawyer?
Here at the Edwards Law Firm, we proudly work on a contingency-only basis. What that means is that we only charge you for our fees and services if we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.
For those that are unsure if you have a case, we also offer a 100% FREE initial case review. This allows injury victims just like you to provide our attorneys with the details of your injury, which we will then review and determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit.
If so, we will then advise you on the best way to move forward with the litigation.
Contact Our Defective Product Liability Attorneys Today
Defective product liability is a special area of law, which can become quite complex due to the number of factors that are often involved in these cases. Our law firm has a wide-ranging knowledge of both personal injury law and medical malpractice, and are ready to help you today.
With our head office located in Tulsa, Ok - we also have locations in Texas and Arkansas, with our skilled team having won over $50 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients.
To find out more, please call us on (1-800-304-9246) and a member from our intake team will collect some information about your case, and then quickly refer you to one of our lawyers - it's that easy.
If you would prefer to start immediately, simply fill out and submit the "Free Case Review" form at the top of this page - it's 100% FREE and confidential.