The products we use every day — from kitchen appliances to the cars we drive — are designed to operate in a safe manner.
But what happens when they don’t?
We have seen several cases throughout the years where devices and products consumers bought didn’t operate as they were intended, and as a result, they were seriously hurt.
Negligent manufacturers can produce items that are faulty and contain defects. At Gerber Injury Law, we are prepared to help customers injured by dangerous and defective products. Our product liability lawyers help victims bring claims and lawsuits against manufacturers, retailers, and distributors for producing items that are unsafe for the consumer market.
If you or a loved one has sustained severe injuries from a defective or faulty product, medical device, or motor vehicle, please contact Gerber Injury Law at 623-486-8300 to speak to our attorneys. We treat our clients as family, working tirelessly to earn their trust and respect. Get started now to find out how we can help you during this difficult time.
What Is Product Liability?
Product liability is a legal concept that involves a manufacturer’s responsibility to produce safe products. Every manufacturer must develop reasonably safe products that won’t harm consumers. Failure to do so places liability for the injured victim’s damages on the manufacturer — in most cases.
In law, product liability allows consumers to file lawsuits against manufacturers in pursuit of compensation for losses related to a defective product.
What Is a Defective Product?
A defective product is any product that causes harm or injury to a person or individual, hindering the purpose for which it was designed and manufactured. In other words, it is a product that makes it unreasonably dangerous for buyers to use. A defective product may have an issue with its manufacture or design, such as an airbag that ejects without collision or a teapot that cracks at high temperatures.
Most defective products contain any of these three types of defects:
If a product isn’t adequately tested or its overall design is poor, it will be substandard and dangerous to use. Design defects focus on the manufacturer’s decisions during a product’s development. Was there a defect in the product’s design? How did they plan the product’s development?
Even a flawlessly made product can harm consumers if the defect is in its design. A product is considered unreasonably dangerous if it doesn’t perform as expected when used correctly.
Examples of design defects include:
- A firearm with a malfunctioning safety
- A vehicle that can accelerate on its own
- An SUV with a high center of gravity that makes it prone to rollovers
Even if a product is designed to be safe, its production can create an unsafe product. An act of negligence or a mistake during production could result in dangerous and defective products, causing injuries to intended users.
Some examples of these defects include:
- A faulty lock on a motor vehicle door
- Tread lines that don’t grip the road firmly
- A safety buck that doesn’t lock in place
Also called “failure to warn,” this form of negligence revolves around the supply chain. Here, the product was properly designed and manufactured but didn’t have the correct warnings or instructions. This reckless action by manufacturers makes the product unreasonably dangerous for consumers.
Examples of marketing defects include:
- A drug that causes vomiting if not taken with water
- A toy intended for 10 years or older since infants risk choking
- A sunscreen that may lead to acne
A manufacturer has two critical duties when developing product instructions:
- They must warn users of the dangers and side effects of using the product
- They must instruct users on how to use the product safely
A defective product has some problems that interfere with its intended use. If you were using a product as intended and suffered severe injuries, the product might be faulty. You could be eligible for compensation for your injuries and other losses from the defective product.
Examples of Defective Products
Any company that makes, sells, or distributes a product that is dangerous for consumers could be held responsible. If you sustain an illness or injury related to any product you bought, contact our lawyers, who’ve handled personal injury cases for over 25 years.
Any product on the consumer market can have a defect. The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers information about product recalls, helping consumers learn about product defects and hazards.
If the product that injured you hasn’t been recalled, you can still have a product liability case. Some manufacturers and distributors are aware of defects but continue to release products into the market. Some of these defective products may include:
- Medical devices
- Food and beverages
- Motor vehicles
- Household appliances
- Auto parts
- Cleaning products
Types of Injuries Involved in Defective Product Cases
Defective products can lead to catastrophic injuries, many of which can be long-term. Injuries range from internal organ damage when children swallow toys that contain batteries or magnets to amputations from exploding vapes.
Some of the most common injuries involved in product liability cases include:
- Brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Bone fractures
- Back and neck injuries
- Electric shocks
- Eye injuries
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Our personal injury lawyers have helped injured consumers with many different injuries and illnesses get the justice they deserve. In extreme cases, defective products may also cause wrongful deaths. We believe in holding manufacturers to the highest standards when it comes to public safety and health.
Discuss Your Product Liability Claim With Our Lawyers
At Gerber Injury Law, our clients are our priority. We understand the nuances of Arizona’s personal injury law and how it applies to your product liability case. We believe no one is better placed to represent you in your defective product claim, protect your rights as an injured victim, and fight for fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.
If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury due to a defective product, contact our products liability lawyer as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call 623-486-8300 today or contact us online to speak to our lawyers if you have any questions. We are not afraid to take on powerful manufacturing companies to protect your rights.
Why Choose Gerber Injury Law for Your Injury Claim?
- At Gerber Injury Law, we have been helping clients receive compensation and justice for their injuries for more than two decades.
- We focus on providing a client-centered approach to every case that we take, which means we take the time to listen to our clients’ goals and needs.
- We handle Avondale personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means that our clients will not have to pay any legal fees until we recover the compensation they are entitled to.
How Will an Attorney Help an Avondale Personal Injury Claim?
The process of recovering full compensation after sustaining an injury is not always straightforward for claimants. It can be very difficult to deal with insurance carriers, as they will likely try to put up major roadblocks before paying out any compensation at all. A personal injury lawyer will handle every aspect of the claim on your behalf, including:
- Returning to the scene to conduct a thorough investigation
- Reviewing accident and police reports
- Gathering any evidence needed to prove negligence
- Determining fault
- Filing an injury claim
- Handling insurance carriers
- Negotiating a fair settlement
Common Personal Injury Claims We Handle
The attorneys at Gerber Injury Law have extensive experience handling a wide range of personal injury claims throughout this state. This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of claims:
- Car accidents/ Fatal car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Pedestrian collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Wrongful death
- Premises liability
- Catastrophic injuries
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of the types of claims that we handle, and we strongly encourage you to contact our attorneys so we can offer a free evaluation of your particular case.
In addition to injury cases, we also help families who have lost loved ones as a result of the negligence of others. Our wrongful death attorneys work hand-in-hand with families to help them get the closure and compensation they are entitled to for their losses.
We do need to point out that the personal injury and wrongful death statute of limitations, or deadline for filing a claim in Arizona, is two years from the date an injury occurs. If injury victims or family members fail to file a lawsuit within this two-year time frame, they will likely be unable to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
Call an Avondale Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured as a result of the negligent actions of another individual or entity in the Avondale, Arizona, area, contact the team at Gerber Injury Law immediately. We have the resources necessary to step in and handle every aspect of your claim. Our goal is to recover maximum compensation for your medical bills, property damage expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.