Pursuing Product Liability Claims

on February 28, 2014 by George Panagiotopoulos

SFTH 05Most consumers assume that the products we buy are safe. Sadly, this is not always true. With millions of different products sold in the open market, the types of product liability claims and the damages being sought cover a broad range.

Defects and flaws can occur in any type of consumer good, but examples of products that commonly have problems are:

  • Automotive defects. With cars, trucks and other motor vehicles being made-up of thousands of parts that can contain defects, it is no wonder the recall rates are steadily increasing. Common faulty parts include brakes, tires, seatbelts, airbags, steering systems and engines.
  • Pharmaceutical liability. There are government agencies that monitor medications and medical devices to help ensure they are save, but flaws still occur. Drugs can have side-effects that develop into more severe medical issues or can even cause death. There are numerous parties that may be liable in a pharmaceutical liability case.
  • Beauty supplies. Products that you place on your skin, hair or ingest can cause allergic reactions and other harmful side effects. Many over-the-counter products are recalled each year for the harm they cause consumers.
  • Food product defects. Food and beverage defects can be caused by biological (E.coli), chemical (insecticides) and physical hazards (foreign materials). Food can be contaminated during processing shipping or in the preparation process.

Other types of products that are commonly found to be defective include toys, clothing and firearms.

When you have been injured by a product, it is important to preserve any evidence. This includes keeping the product, the wrapping or packaging, receipts, instructions, pictures and medical records. Retaining a product liability attorney at Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt can help ensure you obtain the maximum amount of compensation available in your case.

When another party’s negligence has caused an injury to you, it is important to understand your legal options. Whether you have been in an auto accident, slip and fall, hurt by a product, or other type of accident, Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt can help. For your convenience, we have office locations in New Jersey and New York. To schedule your appointment and free consultation, call us at (201) 820-6001 in New Jersey or (212) 692-0200 in New York. We can also be found on the Internet, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube. And remember, we handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay our fees unless we recover for you. Like us on Facebook.