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Personal Injuries Due To a Defective Product

Defective products can cause significant personal injuries. Moreover, defective products are not limited to motor vehicles; at Simeone & Miller, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have represented people injured by a wide variety of defective products, including table saws, ice packs, hair products, conveyor belts, and commercial carts. The injuries have included an amputated finger, severe burns and scarring, and serious bone and muscle injuries.

There are three types of product defects:

  • Design defects
  • Manufacturing defect
  • Marketing defects.

Design defects arise from a product that is poorly designed and functions improperly or is unreasonably dangerous even when used as intended. Manufacturing defects result from errors in the construction or production of the item. The product itself may be safe, but if one product is not properly made it can be unreasonably dangerous. Marketing defects involve failures to warn consumers of the dangers of a product and improper instructions.

Product liability cases can be particularly difficult because responsibility, and thus liability, must be traced to the precise entity responsible for the defect in the product. Often, there are several companies or persons involved. A single case may involve a manufacturer, a manufacturer of components of the product, an assembler of the product, a wholesaler, and a retail store that sold the product. All may have legal responsibility for personal injuries caused by a defective product depending on the applicable law.

All of this may sound daunting, but experienced personal injuries attorneys, such as those at Simeone & Miller, LLP, will guide you through all of the complex issues that must be dealt with. We identify where the defect arose and the responsible party or parties. We inspect the product, research the product and any potential recalls, work with expert witnesses, and attempt to resolve cases prior to litigation. If litigation is necessary, we conduct depositions of the key witnesses and review the relevant documents to know exactly how the defect occurred and who is responsible. We have worked with experts all over the United States, from Arizona to Michigan, to ensure we make the strongest case possible. We have experience handling products liability cases involving failures to warn, mislabeling, defects in car parts, and other manufacturing defects.

The most important thing to do if you believe you have been injured by a defective product is to contact Simeone & Miller, LLP immediately. It is vital to obtain a free consultation as soon as possible because we need to immediately begin gathering evidence; researching the product, other claims, and recalls; and consulting with experts in the appropriate field. The sooner that process is started, the better.

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