Most people who go to the store and buy a product off the shelf, or pick up your prescription from the pharmacy, usually assume the product is safe to use. After all, the doctor prescribed it, or a trusted store is selling it.
While most products are safe to use the majority of the time, there are plenty of cases where the products we use are not safe, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Sometimes, consumers use them in the way they were intended to be used, and they cause injuries or illness. When this happens, you may be entitled to compensation in a product liability lawsuit.
If you were injured by a defective product, a Holbrook product liability lawyer on the team at Gacovino & Lake is here to help. We represent the victims of product liability injuries in Holbrook.
For a free, no-risk review of your case, contact Gacovino & Lake today at (631) 600-0000. We can discuss your injuries and your legal options. We may be able to represent your case on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front costs.
Examples of Products That Can Result in a Product Liability Case
It is important for you to understand that virtually any product you purchase could be the subject of a product liability claim.
Some examples of products that may be featured in a product liability case include:
- Medical devices
- Automobile parts
- Food poisoning
- Home appliances
- Nursery products
- Playground equipment
- Food and beverage products
No matter what type of product injured you, or how, Gacovino & Lake invites you to our call out firm to discuss your accident. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a product liability lawyer in Holbrook may be able to represent you in a product liability lawsuit.
Recoverable Damages in a Product Liability Case
Every case is unique, so we cannot estimate your specific recoverable damages without first examining the details of your claim. However, some of the common types of damages that plaintiffs recover in these cases include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Future wages if your earning potential is diminished
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- And more
If your loved one did not survive because of the seriousness of their injuries, your family may be able to pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. The damages in a wrongful death case may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of support and protection
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the care of the victim
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
To discuss what specific compensation may be available to you in either a product liability or wrongful death lawsuit, contact Gacovino & Lake today.
Types of Defects That Can Occur in Products
There are, in general, three different types of defects that occur in products. They include:
These are defects where the consumer was not given instructions for how to properly use a product, or the consumer was not informed about potential injuries that could occur because of a product.
Design defects are those that occur because of problems with product design itself. A manufacturer should have tested a newly designed product thoroughly to ensure it was safe for consumer use before manufacturing it and releasing it to the public. A design defect typically applies to all of the products that the company produces, meaning all of them could cause a potential injury.
This type of defect usually involves only a limited number of products. It may have occurred because of a problem in manufacturing or because of a problem with a specific shipment of parts that were defective. It usually does not affect all of the products; however, it can require a mass recall to ensure no defective products remain on the market. Many companies use a quality control problem to ensure there are no manufacturing defects before products are distributed, but errors or negligence could occur at this stage of the process.
If you or someone you love is hurt because of a defective product, you have the right to pursue the company or any other liable party responsible for your injuries. Contact Gacovino & Lake today at (631) 600-0000 for a free review of your case and to find out how a Holbrook product liability lawyer can help.
Identifying the Liable Parties in a Product Liability Case
If you are hurt because of a defective product, the liable party could be anyone in the product’s chain of distribution responsible for the harm the product caused. This could include:
- Manufacturer: This is the company that actually produced the products and then distributed them.
- Manufacturer of parts: In some cases, defects occur because the company purchased product parts from another company, and those parts were defective. If this occurred in your situation, you may be able to hold the manufacturer of the parts liable.
- Wholesaler or retailer: If a wholesaler or retailer caused the defect in your product, they may be liable for your injuries. An example of this could be a car parts dealer that improperly stores tires and sells you a damaged tire that malfunctions and causes an accident.
A product liability lawyer from Gacovino & Lake can identify the liable party in your product liability case when you hire us to represent you.
Contact a Holbrook Product Liability Lawyer Today
At Gacovino & Lake, we believe that companies have a duty to the public to produce products that are safe. When they fail to do so, we believe that they should be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
If you or a loved one is hurt and in pain because of a defective product in Holbrook, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact Gacovino & Lake today at (631) 600-0000 for a free case review.