Product Liability Lawyers in New York City, White Plains and the Hudson Valley

Product Liability: An Overview

At The Law Offices of Francis X. Young, with offices in White Plains and New York City, our product liability lawyers define this practice area as the accountability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacturing of any product for damage caused by that product. Products containing inherent defects that cause harm to a consumer of the product, or someone to whom the product was loaned, given, etc., are the subjects of products liability suits. While products are generally thought of as tangible personal property such as children’s’ toys or power tools, products liability has stretched that definition to include intangibles (gas), naturals (pets), real estate (house), and writings (navigational charts).

Per Cornell University’s law school,  product liability claims can be based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty of fitness depending on the jurisdiction within which the claim is based.

Product Liability Lawyers  Pursuing Justice for Product Defect Victims in New York
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Commonly, three types of product defects are identified as potentially injurious to the consumer or end-user:

  • Design Defects occur in the product planning stages, before the product is created.
  • Manufacturing Defects occur in production of the product.
  • Marketing Defects occur when sellers of the product do not provide adequate warnings as to possible injury risks, or do not provide proper safety instructions regarding safe use.

If you or someone you know have been injured due to a defective product, please contact our product liability lawyers.  To find out more, please call us at 914-285-1500 or 212-709-8040 or click here to arrange a free and confidential consultation.  Home and hospital consultations available.

 

Case Examples

You’ll probably remember these famous (or infamous) cases:

McDonald’s Coffee–In 1994, a woman purchased a cup of coffee at McDonald’s. She accidentally spilled the coffee on herself while trying to remove the lid to add cream to her coffee. The resulting spill led to third-degree burns all over her thighs, groin, and buttocks. McDonald’s had already paid out $500,000 for other hot coffee spill cases across the country, and they knew they heated their coffee more than they needed to They knew about the problem, but had no intention of changing it.  $2.7 million in punitive damages and $200,000 in compensatory damages were awarded by the courts,  but McDonald’s appealed and lowered the punitive damages to $480,000.

Hasbro Easy-Bake Oven–The company voluntarily recalled nearly 1 million Easy-Bake Ovens in 2007 after several children got their hands stuck in the oven’s openings, leading to serious burns and even a partial amputation. The company worked hard to remedy the situation, issuing another recall for all the units and offering free repair kits and vouchers for Hasbro products. However, they still had to settle many lawsuits.

Ford Pinto–This automobile industry case is probably the most-well known. In the 1970s, Ford had to deal with a number of liability cases involving its Pinto model. It had a number of  problems, the defective fuel line resulting in a significant number of injuries. Rear-end collisions (even at a slow speed), would cause fuel line explosions ,resulting in severe burns and even death. And even though Ford had access to a new design that would have prevented these accidents, they didn’t recall their vehicles until a year later.

Defective Liability can include, but is not limited to:

  • Automobiles and Tires
  • Drug Manufacturers and Pharmaceutical Companies (See Defective Drug and Medical Equipment page
  • Defective Medical Equipment (See Defective Drug and Medical Equipment Page)
  • Toy Manufacturers
  • Infant/Baby Cribs
  • Power Tools
  • Automobile Safety Equipment
  • Swimming Pools

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If there is physical or emotional trauma involved, it’s important to get medical attention as quickly as possible.  This is important for two reasons: (1) your medical issues should be dealt with to restore you to health,  and (2) the success of your lawsuit will depend on your ability to prove that actual harm occurred.

In New York, manufacturers of products are legally obligated to make sure that their products, when used in the advised manner, are not harmful to consumers. Unfortunately, manufacturers sometimes spend more much money and time on advertising and marketing a product, and too little money and time making insuring the safety of consumers.

65 years of combined experience, meticulous preparation and the dedication to win your case.  The Law Offices of Francis X. Young.

If you or someone you know have been injured due to a defective product, please contact our product liability lawyers.  To find out more, please call us at 914-285-1500 or 212-709-8040 or click here to arrange a free and confidential consultation.  Home and hospital consultations available.

The Law Offices of Francis X. Young;  your product liability lawyers in New York City, White Plains and the Hudson Valley