Injured By A Defective Product?
Even the simplest household product can cause serious injuries or death if it is defective. When this occurs, the injured victim has the right to claim compensation for medical costs and lost income, as well as for noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering.
Defective product and product liability cases are extremely difficult and complicated to pursue. Often, many different entities are involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of a product. It can be challenging to determine the appropriate parties responsible in a defective product or product liability case.
At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, we are experienced product liability attorneys. We are strong advocates who use science and the law to get compensation for our injured clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, we want to talk with you. Call us for a free initial consultation. An attorney at our firm can review your case and explain what we can do to obtain compensation and justice for you. We can be reached in North Adams, Springfield and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 413-663-3200 and in Vermont at 802-442-3233.
Design Vs. Manufacturing Defect
The most common defects found in products are either design defects or manufacturing defects. A design defect is a defect that can be found on all of the same products, making the product dangerous to each individual or a certain class of individuals who use that product. For example, a baby’s crib may have a design defect if it’s designed with sharp edges exposing a child to danger.
Cases involving design defects often involve examining applicable state and federal regulations governing the product, as well as examining the best practices of the professional fields involved in designing the product. Economics also play a role in design defect cases, as companies balance the expense of creating a product with the need to ensure the safety of the individuals who use that product.
A manufacturing defect is a defect that occurs in a product during its manufacture. Most often, the product in a manufacturing defect case is perfectly safe when manufactured correctly, but an error during the manufacturing phase caused a particular batch of a product to carry a defect, which caused harm to an individual or individuals. For example, a power tool may be perfectly designed, so that it is not abnormally dangerous when used.
However, if a wiring covering is not properly placed during the manufacture of that product and an individual later suffers an electrical injury, that individual may have a manufacturing defect case. Cases involving manufacturing defects often involve examining the manufacturing process and the materials involved in that process.
Certain types of design and manufacturing defects may impose strict liability upon the company designing, manufacturing or producing the product. You should speak to a lawyer to determine whether strict liability rules apply to your case.
A Comprehensive Legal Effort
The outcome of a defective product case often hinges on scientific and technical evidence. Our firm works with experts in the appropriate fields — such as design engineers, materials specialists, ergonomic and human factor specialists, and other professionals — to understand and explain the details of your case. These experts can document in clear and convincing terms how the product in question failed and how the negligence of the designer or manufacturer contributed to your injuries.
Our attorneys will also document the full extent of your financial and nonfinancial losses for inclusion in your claim. Then we will work diligently to help you seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Your Strong Advocate
After an accident, recovery can seem far away. At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, we understand the pain and frustration that a serious injury can bring. We work hard to help our personal injury clients obtain the medical care and compensation they need to rebuild their lives.
Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, will be your strong advocate — seeking full and complete compensation for you.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury as a result of a defective product, please call us at 413-663-3200 in Massachusetts or 802-442-3233 in Vermont. You can also contact our firm. We have conveniently located offices and other meeting locations throughout western Massachusetts and southern Vermont and regularly travel throughout the region to meet with clients.
All cases are handled on a contingent fee basis — you will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we win compensation in your case.