As consumers, we expect that the products we buy will be safe, work as intended, be free from defects and meet safety and regulatory guidelines. Unfortunately, those expectations aren’t always met when it comes to even the most common items, such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, household appliances – and even toys. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 262,300 toy-related injuries alone treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2011.
Regardless of the type of product involved, all manufacturers have a duty to design and manufacture products that are free from defects and must warn consumers if they discover a defect that may cause injury. When that duty is breached, manufacturers can – and must – be held responsible for the injuries to innocent consumers.
When you’ve suffered an injury due to a defective or dangerous product, our attorneys will fight to get you the money you deserve for lost wages, medical costs and fees, vocational rehabilitation or retraining. We make it our job to understand your individual needs and circumstances. We know how difficult it can be trying to determine who might be responsible for your injuries, how the system works and what your injury might be worth. We can help you to answer those questions and will make sure that you’re fully informed and educated about your case at every step along the way.
Call Geoff today at (804) 888-8888 and let our team of aggressive and experienced Virginia product liability lawyers get to work for you. We accept clients from across Virginia, including these areas: Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Bay, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Southern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Highlands and the Heart of Appalachia.
Product Liability Defects
There are generally three different types of defective product liabilities – design defects, manufacturing defects and marketing defects.
- Design defects. Design defects comprise an inherent flaw in the design of the product itself such as consumer appliances which malfunction and cause fires, cribs which create strangulation hazards and fire alarms which fail to function when needed.
- Manufacturing defects. Manufacturing defects comprise a flaw in the making of the product such as failing to install or connect safety switches or wires that were in the product design. In other words, something went wrong on the assembly line.
- Marketing defects. Marketing defects comprise a manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn buyers of a product’s inherent dangers by including safety warnings or failing to include an instruction manual explaining to consumers how the product should – and shouldn’t – be used.
When these defects cause injury or death, consumers can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer to be compensated for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
Product Liability Lawsuits
Product liability lawsuits may involve numerous parties who can be held responsible including the company that designed the product, the company that manufactured the product (which is often different from the designer), the company that distributed the product and the company that sold the product.
Product liability lawsuits can be complex as they may include issues concerning personal injury, wrongful death, express and implied warranties of merchantability, and routinely require investigating who should be held responsible.
At Geoff McDonald & Associates, our knowledgeable and aggressive Richmond product liability attorneys believe that the best way to keep dangerous or defective products off the market is to hold manufacturers responsible for their actions.
Why Geoff McDonald & Associates Is The Firm For You
Putting profits over consumer safety should not be tolerated. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, contact us to discuss your situation. At Geoff McDonald & Associates, we know how the product liability system works and have been helping clients get the compensation they deserve for over 20 years. Let us show you why we’re the firm for you.
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