Commonly referred to as “products liability,” this is a very specialized area of law. The term dangerous products refer to any type of product that has a high risk of injury to buyers and users of the product. A product can be considered dangerous just by its intended use, such as firearms or other weapons. Other products, that are seemingly safe under normal conditions, can be made dangerous due to modification or alterations performed on them. Lastly, products can be dangerous because they have a flaw or a defect, that keeps them from performing their intended function correctly. Product Liability law is the consumers means of obtaining compensation for injuries suffered from these flaws or defects.
Categories of Dangerous Products
Product liability cases fall into three general categories. Each category can be pursued either through negligence, which is the duty of a product seller to exercise “due care”, or under strict liability. Strict Liability is based on a product that is unreasonably dangerous, irrespective of the care involved. In general, product liability cases fall into one of the following three categories:
- Defective Design – If the product’s design specifications, even if properly followed, result in a product that is unreasonably dangerous, the product is defective.
- Defective Manufacture – If the design is safe, but the product is assembled and manufactured out of specification, it may be dangerous due to manufacture. Such cases usually arise with a defective batch of a product but may arise even with a single unit.
- Defective Warnings or Instructions – Sometimes a product is safe only when the designer gives the user adequate instructions or warnings on how to properly use the product. A shortcoming in such written directions can lead to a claim that the product is defective due to inadequate warnings or instructions.
Challenges for Dangerous Products Cases
The laws surrounding dangerous products require special experience. Such cases often rack up huge expenses to compensate expert engineers who use their expertise to prove that a product is defective and unreasonably dangerous. Connections to the experts required to prove such claims and to maximize case value are essential. The expenses to retain experts can be significant. So, it is important to find an attorney who has the financial resources to pursue your claim to the fullest.
Since case expenses directly diminish your net recovery, spending efficiently and wisely is important. An experienced product liability attorney has connections to experts and a better sense of what kind of experts, and how many experts, they need to prove a case. Frequently, Monsees & Mayer is referred product liability cases from other attorneys. This is a recognition that our attorneys enjoy a special position of respect for their expertise in this area of complicated litigation. Don’t entrust your product liability case to someone who is gaining his or her first experience. We frequently work with other attorneys.
Our Attorneys Can Help You
We have engineers and specialists available to inspect the product that injured you. We have experience in securing and promoting expert analysis that will address your injuries. Additionally, we can secure experts to analyze debilitating financial losses of income and life care needs for the catastrophically injured.
Our Missouri defective products lawyers have taken the largest verdicts ever awarded against the manufacturers of firearms and water skis. We have also won cutting-edge cases, including a $10,000,000 judgment against The People’s Republic of China for the sale of a defective semi-automatic rifle. Product liability is an area in which experience really counts, particularly when the defendant knows and respects the opposing attorneys.
Some of the types of Dangerous Products cases we handle:
- ATV Product Liability
- Motor Vehicle Defects
- Farm / Construction Equipment Injuries
- Heavy Equipment Products Liability
- Backhoes and Uniloaders Products Liability
- Defective Medical Devices
- Defective Firearm / Gun Accidents
- Swimming Pools
- Tree Stand Accidents
- And More!
Our Kansas City attorneys have successfully handled quite a number of product liability cases involving a wide range of dangerous products: automobiles, airplanes, drugs/medications, power presses, and guns, to name just a few. An effective product liability attorney must have more than just the finances to support these expensive cases; they must also have the experience to handle such cases and the experts available for consultations.
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