Staten Island Defective Products
If a defective product has caused you harm, we can help.
The products you use every day should not cause injury to you. Whether it’s the machine you make to brew a pot of coffee, the drug you take to treat an illness, the car you drive to work, or a toy your child loves to play with, those consumer products should be safe. Consumer safety and protection standards have improved tremendously over the past century, but unsafe products are still produced and sold every day. When you are injured by a defective product, you are entitled to demand compensation for your injuries and suffering.
When a consumer purchases a product, he or she does so with the understanding that the seller of that product knows it to be safe. Using the product as intended carries no risk for the consumer. This has always been part of an informal contract between buyer and seller, and in the 21st century most countries, including the US, hold the designer, manufacturer, and distributors of a product legally responsible if their product creates an unreasonable risk of illness or injury.
It can be a difficult task to prove that an injury is the result of a product defect. A diligent and dogged Staten Island attorney can help you show that negligence in the design, manufacture, or distribution of that product was ultimately responsible for your injury.
Producers and sellers of products can be found liable for many injuries if their products are shown to be defective. Dangerous drugs and medical devices can poison or injure a patient, causing physical and psychological suffering as well as additional medical procedures. Hundreds of thousands of children are injured, and a few are killed, by unsafe toys each year. Unsafe appliances cause electrocution, house fires, and less obvious dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning. The negligent design, manufacture, and sale of a motor vehicle can lead to many serious accidents and injuries.
Most defective product injuries to consumers are the result of a few broad types of negligence:
– Design defect: the product was known to be unreasonably dangerous before manufacture
– Manufacturing defect: known errors in assembly or materials made the product dangerous
– Failure to warn: potential risks were not presented clearly on packaging and warning labels
– Marketing misrepresentation: the seller knew, or should have known, that the product was unreasonably dangerous, or the product was misrepresented to consumers
Attorneys With Defective Product Experience on Staten Island
In New York, a defective product injury claim must be made within three years of an injury. If you’ve been injured, don’t wait for the bills and expenses to pile up before you take action. Kuharski, Levitz, & Giovinazzo are ready to assist you today.