Maryville Product Liability Lawyer
Manufacturers have a duty to the users of their products to create safe, reliable toys, appliances, cars, and other consumer products that are free of dangerous defects. If a manufacturer, designer, distributor, or other party creates a dangerous product, or acts negligently in another way—such as marketing the product for an unintended use—they can be held accountable in a products liability claim. At Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette, our experienced Maryville product liability lawyers can review your case today.
Consumer Product Injury Statistics
13 to 14 million Americans are treated in emergency rooms each year after being injured by common household consumer products, according to the National Safety Council. Unfortunately, the most likely victims are the most vulnerable—the very young and the elderly. The top three most dangerous types of consumer products when it comes to injuries are:
- Stairs, ramps, flooring, and landings.
- Beds, pillows, and mattresses; and
- Chairs, sofas, and sofa beds.
While none of these products stand out as seeming dangerous, they can all cause serious injuries, or death, when the user believes the product will act or respond in a certain way, then fails. For example, an elderly person who sits in a chair that breaks, has a serious risk of fracturing their spine. A middle aged to young adult who leans on a guardrail, for example, that breaks when they put their weight on it, stands a good chance at twisting or breaking their ankle. Other common consumer products that lead to injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Soaps and detergents;
- TVs and TV stands;
- Cooking ranges, ovens, and other kitchen appliances;
- Medical devices;
- Food and baby formula;
- ATVs and other motorized personal transportation devices;
- Machinery; and
- Chemicals and household cleaners.
Determining Negligence in a Product Liability Claim
Americans want cheap products, and in high quantities. Unfortunately, one of the many unintended consequences of capitalism is that many household consumer products are becoming downright dangerous due to flawed design and low quality manufacturing. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issues 400 recalls a year for unsafe and defective products, according to CNBC, but they simply cannot keep up with the hundreds of thousands of products that are unleashed on American store shelves( and in Amazon warehouses) each year. A product can be defective in one of four ways, which also determines which party the plaintiff should sue:
- Manufacturing Defects;
- Defective Design;
- Negligent Marketing; and
- Lack of Safety Labels.
Call Maryville Product Liability Lawyer Today for Help
If you, your child, or another family member or loved one were injured by a defective product or a product that lacked proper safety labels or instructions, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation relating to your medical damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. To speak with an experienced Maryville product liability lawyer here at the law offices of Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette, call us today at 865-457-6440 to schedule a free case evaluation.