Injuries Caused by Defective Products in Massachusetts

washing machineDefective products can cause catastrophic injuries and damage to both persons and property. If you or someone close to you was injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, we protect the rights of injured victims throughout the entire legal process. With more than two decades of experience, our Massachusetts product liability lawyers understand the area of law governing the rights of persons who have been injured due to defective products.

Unfortunately, consumer products injure many people in Massachusetts and across the United States every year. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 359 reported injuries due to these products in 2015. For instance, clothing was associated with 345,836 injuries that resulted in a visit to the emergency room. In addition, the CPSC issued 410 recalls, and 10 companies were fined with civil penalties in the United States.

Product liability is an area of law designed to hold manufacturers and sellers accountable for placing a hazardous product into the stream of commerce, and ultimately into the hands of a consumer. Put another way, the manufacturer or vendor of goods has an obligation to compensate for any injury caused by defective or faulty merchandise that is sold on the market.

Products sold to the public must be reasonably fit for their intended use. Product liability claims can stem from the following types of defects:  manufacturing defects, design defects, and failures to warn.

A manufacturing defect is an error or flaw in the product’s assembly or the process of building a product. A design defect, on the other hand, is a problem with the product’s design that makes the product inherently dangerous. Failure to warn liability arises when the manufacturer fails to warn the consumer of hazards associated with using the product in its intended way.

Strict liability generally applies to product liability cases. Strict liability is the imposition of liability on a party without a finding of fault (such as negligence). In such cases, the plaintiff only needs to show that the product caused their injury. There is no analysis of the defendant’s conduct or whether the product met a certain standard.

If you win a product liability claim, you will be able to recover compensation for a variety of expenses, including medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and any other economic losses arising from the incident. Of course, the exact amount of damages you will be entitled to receive will be contingent on the nature and extent of the injuries suffered.

If you or someone close to you was injured due to an unsafe product, you need to reach out to a skilled Massachusetts product liability attorney who can help. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, we have over 25 years of experience helping clients pursue the compensation they need to deal with their injuries. You can rest assured that we can navigate your case with the utmost dedication and compassion. For more information about your case, call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online today.

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