When you purchase a product, you expect that it will be safe and effective for you and your family to use. However, people are injured by defective products every day and are shocked to learn that just because a product is on the shelf, it doesn’t mean that product is necessarily safe or won’t pose a health hazard to you or your loved ones. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, it’s critical that you take action right away to protect your health and your legal rights.
What Makes a Product Defective?
There are several ways that a product can become defective. The design of the product itself can be defective, a mistake can be made during manufacturing that causes the product to become defective, the product may expire in warehouses or store shelves before it is sold, or it can have labeling that doesn’t provide adequate warnings or instructions for use.
For example, although asbestos has been outlawed since the late 1970’s, many products still use this dangerous substance. Brake pads and lining, ceiling panels and tiles, shingles, siding, wall panels, electrical breakers and panels, fire blankets, insulation, carpet and floor tile mastic, and even beverage filters may all contain asbestos. Asbestos is well known to cause serious repercussions, including asbestos and fatal lung cancer.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured by a Defective Product
The two most important things in a product liability case is to be able to trace the injury back to the product and to be able to prove that the product was defective and caused that injury. An experienced product liability attorney can help you gather the necessary documentation to support your case and to bring it forward against large product manufacturers. In cases where you have been exposed to asbestos in products used by your workplace, your attorney may involve your workplace in a claim for compensation.
Contact McDermott & Hickey, LLC Today for a Consultation
Defective product lawsuits can be challenging, especially where products that still use asbestos are concerned. It is imperative that you work with an attorney who has the knowledge and capability to fully represent you as soon as you are injured by a product that may be defective. At McDermott & Hickey, LLC, we will go to bat for you and zealously represent you in order to obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Call today for a consultation at (877) 303-6379.