NJ Products Liability Lawyers Take on Negligent Manufacturers
Defective product claim attorneys in Ridgewood serving clients throughout New Jersey
Defective consumer products cause many injuries every year. If you or a family member were injured by a faulty toy, household product, medication, vehicle or another item that did not work correctly, you may be able to collect compensation through a defective product claim. At Seigel Law in Ridgewood, we are passionate about helping people throughout New Jersey who have been harmed by dangerous products, including residents of Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson counties.
Types of product defects
Defective product defect claims are generally divided into the following three categories:
- Manufacturing defect — A manufacturing defect is caused by errors that occurred during the building process or the use of unsafe materials used to make the product. An example could be failing to tighten nuts and bolts properly on a part coming down the assembly line.
- Design defect — In some cases, all products in the line may have been assembled according to specifications, but the design that was used created an inherent danger. A major defective product case occurred when automobile airbags exploded in certain crashes due to faulty inflator design.
- Failure to warn — A failure to warn claim may arise if a product maker failed to provide sufficient instruction or warnings about a product’s use and effects. This might happen when a pharmaceutical label does not provide adequate warning about its interactions with other drugs.
Our attorneys will investigate your case and determine what type of product defect claim applies to your situation. From there, we will work to hold the product maker accountable.
Determining responsibility for your injuries
Products liability claims are generally tried using the strict liability standard. What this means is that unlike in other types of personal injury lawsuits, proving specific instances of negligence on the defendant’s part is not necessary. This is because it would be too difficult for a plaintiff to determine at what point the problem occurred during the manufacturing process. Instead, to win a claim under strict liability, it must be proven that the product was defective at the point of sale, that you used the product in accordance with manufacturer directions and that the defect directly led to an injury.
Statute of limitations for products liability claims
The statute of limitations in New Jersey for filing products liability claims is generally two years from the date of injury, or the date the injury was discovered. Even though this may seem like a long time, if you have been injured and believe it was due to a defective product, you should seek legal help right away. Our attorneys can help you file a claim against both domestic and foreign manufacturers of defective products. Foreign manufacturers that sell products in the United States are subject to our products liability laws.
Why you need a lawyer for your products liability claim
When you have been hurt by a product that wasn’t made or labeled correctly, you have the right to pursue compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical bills covering doctor visits, hospitalization, rehabilitation and other costs
- Lost wages and loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Disability, scarring and disfigurement
Products liability matters can be complex, and taking on a manufacturer demands strong legal support. Our personal injury lawyers will handle all the legal paperwork, communications and negotiations, protecting your interests throughout the litigation process.
Get the help you need with your defective product claim
Seigel Law in Ridgewood is an outstanding New Jersey personal injury law firm with hardworking attorneys dedicated to helping clients who have sustained injuries caused by defective products. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at 201-444-4000 or contact us online.