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Manufacturers have an obligation to produce products that are safe to use and free of dangers when a consumer uses the product as directed. If a manufacturer is informed that its product could likely cause injury or death if used in a certain way, it is required to update that product’s warning label or issue a public safety notification to warn consumers of the alleged hazards. However, if a manufacturer fails to act accordingly once it is aware of possible risks, it may be responsible for the injuries or deaths that occur.
A New York product liability attorney can help victims determine who is responsible for the product. While the manufacturer is initially the first one to be named as a defendant in product liability lawsuits, other potentially responsible parties include the designer, the retailer, or the manufacturer. Any product that can be purchased can potentially be found to be defective such as:
- Medical devices
- Medications, drugs
- Trains, cars, airplanes, boats
- Household appliances
- Safety seats
- Cribs, high chairs
Many of the injuries or deaths that occur due to a defective product could have likely been prevented had the manufacturer pulled the product from the market or issued a warning to consumers notifying them of the potential dangers of the product. If you or someone you love has been injured and you were unaware of the risks of using that product, contact a New York product liability attorney to learn more about pursuing a claim for compensation.
Once a manufacturer is informed that its product could potentially be dangerous, it has the responsibility to work with the engineers who initially designed the product to create a new design or issue replacement parts to retailers and consumers to reduce the likelihood of injuries or deaths. Should you lose a loved one due to complications such as a fire or electrical shock, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the decedent and attempt to recover damages for your loss.
How a New York Product Liability Attorney Can Help
Product makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a product maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by the fault of others may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.