Defective and unsafe products hurt millions of consumers every year, often causing severe injury or even death. In 2003, the United States Consumer Safety Product Safety Commission (CPCS) reported that 279 different product recalls resulted in approximately forty (40) million consumer products that either violated mandatory safety standards or presented a significant risk of injury to the public. From October 2007 to September 2008 there were nearly 4,000 deaths attributed to (but necessarily caused by) defective or unsafe products. A CPSC report covering October 2009 to September 2010 reported that over thirteen million people visited a hospital emergency room with injuries associated with (but not necessarily caused by) the use of certain consumer products. The CPSC report also cited the economic impact was nearly one-half billion dollars in medical bills. When a dangerous or defective product is released to the public and causes serious injury, the innocent victim is entitled to be compensated for their economic and non-economic damages.
If a product is used by the consumer in the way it was intended by the manufacturer and according to the instructions, the consumer has the right to assume that the product is safe. There are regulations and laws that govern manufacturers of any product, including:
- Medical Devices
- Pharmaceutical Products
- Motor Vehicles
- Sports and Recreational Activities and Equipment
- Manufacturing or Farming Equipment
- Children’s Products (Nursery Equipment, supplies and toys)
- Personal Use Items
- General Household Appliances
- Housewares, Home Furnishings and Fixtures
- Packaging and Containers for Household Products
- Home Structures and Construction Materials
- Home Communication, Entertainment and Hobby Use
- Home Workshop Apparatus, Tools and Attachments
- Home and Family Maintenance Products
- Space Heating, Cooling and Ventilating Appliances
- Yard and Garden Equipment
Consumers who have been injured by the reckless or negligent actions of these manufacturers have little recourse to recover damages unless they file a products liability claim. As one of Colorado’s leading personal injury law firms, the attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm, help people who have been injured by dangerous or defective products get the compensation they deserve.
There are several ways in which a product may be considered defective or dangerous.
- Defective Design: If the design of the product is faulty, the entire line of might be considered dangerous and the manufacturer may issue a recall for these products.
- Design Flaw: There may be a flaw in the manufacturing process resulting in a limited number of products that are defective and dangerous in an otherwise safe product line.
- Lack of Warning: A manufacturer may be held accountable if they fail to warn a consumer of likely hazards and improper use that leads to injury or death.
Manufacturers relentlessly fight against regulations that protect consumers’ rights and it takes an experienced and knowledgeable defective products lawyer to protect your rights. A products liability claim can not only get you the compensation you deserve for your injury, but it also provides an incentive for the manufacturer to either correct the problem with their defective product or discontinue producing the dangerous product.
The products liability attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm have the understanding, knowledge and experience necessary for these complex product liability cases. We tell our clients- we want you to concentrate on the important things: regaining your health and returning to your day-to-day life, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the manufacturer and their insurance company.
Put our experience to work for you and contact us today for your confidential and free initial consultation.