As a consumer, you likely assume that the products you purchase are free from defects. While this is usually an accurate assumption, in some cases, there are defects—whether from a flaw in design or a defect that occurs in manufacturing—that cause a product to be unsafe.
If you or someone you love has been hurt because of a product defect, you may be able to hold the company responsible for your injuries. Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. is here to help. Our team represents Bayport victims of defective products and medical devices.
We understand how overwhelming it can be to think about taking legal action, especially if you are still healing from your injuries. This is why we offer a free consultation with our team. Call us today at (631) 600-0000 to learn about your legal options.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. operates on a contingency-fee basis, meaning if you choose to hire a Bayport product liability lawyer from our team, there will be no up-front fees. Our payment only comes as a percentage of your settlement offer or court awards, if and when you win.
Types of Defects in Products
There are three common types of defects for which product manufacturers and suppliers may be held liable. They include:
This is when a defect occurs during the construction process. The product was not designed to have this type of defect; it happened when the product was being put together or created.
Unlike manufacturing defects, which may only impact a limited number of products, a design defect exists before a product is manufactured. This means that all of the products that are manufactured may have this potentially dangerous defect. Although the product may work for the purpose it was designed, using it may have unreasonable consequences or side effects. It may also fail to operate correctly and cause direct injury.
With marketing defects, consumers may not have been given instructions on how to use the product properly. A marketing defect can also include situations in which consumers were not told about potential dangers associated with a product.
For example, if a toy manufacturer failed to warn parents that a product should not be used by children under three years of age because of the possibility that a child could swallow it, this may be a marketing defect. Likewise, if a drug manufacturer failed to warn consumers about complications that could occur because of a drug they are taking, that could be a marketing defect as well.
Common Types of Defective Products
Many products could be dangerous if they are defective. Some types of products that may be dangerous if a defect in design, manufacturing, or marketing exists include:
- Medical devices
- Automobiles and automobile components
- Home appliances
- Nursery products
- And more
If you are hurt because of a defect with a product in one of these categories, or something else, you may be able to hold the manufacturer or supplier responsible for your losses with the assistance of a Bayport product liability lawyer.
Damages You May Be Able to Recover in a Product Liability Case
Every case is different, and we cannot estimate your damages without first examining the details related to your claim, including the extent of your pain and suffering and total economic losses.
In general, the types of damages that victims may be able to recover in product liability cases include:
- Medical costs, such as hospitalizations, doctor’s examinations, surgical procedures, medication, and therapies
- Lost wages
- Future wages if your earning potential is lost or diminished
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- And more
If your loved one died because of the seriousness of their injuries caused by a defective product, you may be able to pursue compensation in a wrongful death case. A wrongful death case may allow you to recover:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical costs left to your family to pay
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the care of your loved one
- Loss of support and protection
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
- And more
To discuss what specific compensation may be available in your product liability or wrongful death case, contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. for a free consultation today.
How a Bayport Product Liability Lawyer Can Help You
Product liability cases can be complex. It may be challenging to determine who exactly is liable for your damages. An investigation may need to consider the actions of the product designer, manufacturer, retailers, or other parties involved.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. has the time and resources to dedicate to investigating who is liable for consumer product injuries. When you hire our firm, our lawyers can:
- Identify the liable party
- Gather evidence of their negligence, including photos and videos, eyewitness statements, police reports, and expert testimony, if necessary
- Collect medical records and doctor’s statements to determine the full extent of your pain and suffering and calculate the total value of your claim
- Manage all legal communications on your behalf
- Negotiate with the defendant’s lawyers to reach a fair settlement
- Take your case to court to pursue compensation for your losses if they are not willing to make you a fair offer
Our firm can do all of this at no up-front costs to you when we take your Bayport product liability case on a contingency-fee basis.
For a free, no-risk review of your case, call Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. today at (631) 600-0000.