Baton Rouge Product Liability Attorney
Compensation for Injuries Caused by Defective Products
When you purchase or use a product, or when you buy something for a friend or family member, you do so assuming that the item is reasonably safe. You have a right to make this assumption because companies that create products, and the businesses that sell them, have a responsibility to ensure there are no dangerous hidden defects in these items.
Unfortunately, not every business responsible for designing, manufacturing, or distributing consumer products meets this responsibility. Hidden defects cause thousands of serious injuries every year. In their rush to maximize profits, companies may also rush products out the door without meeting safety requirements, and the results can be devastating.
At Murphy Law Firm, our experienced Baton Rouge defective product lawyers have successfully managed a wide range of these types of cases. We have the resources and the experience to take on large companies that recklessly put unsuspecting people’s lives at risk.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a dangerous product or defective device, don’t let a deep-pocketed corporation victimize you again by refusing to pay the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about your legal options.
Types of Dangerous Hidden Defects
In our extensive experience handling product liability cases, we typically come across three main types of hidden defects:
- Manufacturing defects are hidden dangers that result from the manufacturing process. For instance, a bolt that is made with soft steel can be too weak to withstand the pressure of normal use. Because so many manufacturing defects are invisible to the naked eye, it may be impossible to know such a defect exists until it causes an injury.
- Design defects are hidden dangers resulting from the way a product was designed. For instance, a clothing rack may be made with adequately strong steel but have square rack edges with sharp points that can cause injury. Designing the rack with rounded edges or with plastic caps to fit over the edges would reduce the risk. Product designers have a responsibility to create products that are reasonably safe and free of such dangerous defects.
- Warnings defects occur when a product cannot be made reasonably safe and still do its job, but the product is sold without sufficient warnings about the hidden dangers of using it incorrectly. One example might be a lawnmower with moving blades that comes with no warnings or instructions about the proper way to disconnect the power to the blades before reaching into them to remove a clog. The blades are necessary for the lawnmower to do its job, so the warning is also necessary to protect against serious harm.
Any of these three types of defects can cause severe injuries or death. A manufacturer, designer, or distributor who has a responsibility to address these dangers and fails to do so may be required to compensate anyone injured as a result.
Common Product Liability Cases
With millions of diverse consumer products on the market, it’s no surprise that cases involving defective items can be diverse as well. Defects may be found in any item, from common medical products such as bandages to complex electronics such as cellphones. The Baton Rouge product liability attorneys at Murphy Law Firm handle a variety of cases, including:
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective medical devices
- Auto parts
- Industrial and farm equipment
- Toys, playground equipment, and children’s items
- Gas and propane tanks
Our work representing people hurt by defective medical devices includes injuries caused by IVC filters, transvaginal mesh, and several types of hip implants. We have also helped clients seek compensation for injuries related to a wide range of pharmaceutical drugs, including Avandia, Baycol, Darvocet, Ephedra, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, Invokana, Meridia, Paxil, Pradaxa, Vioxx, Xarelto, Yasmin, YAZ, and Zoloft.
Don’t see a case like yours on this list? Contact us anyway. Our attorneys have extensive experience successfully handling product liability cases, and we can help you understand your legal options.
Injuries to Children by Defective Toys or Products
While the average adult can look at many household products and predict ways in which the item might be dangerous, children — especially infants and toddlers — have no such ability. Young children are still learning about the world. As a result, children’s products must meet strict standards in their manufacture and design to protect little ones from serious harm.
Like products intended for adults, products intended for children must be free of manufacturing, design, and warnings defects. In addition, these products are often held to standards regarding small parts, flameproof materials, and non-toxicity. Manufacturers and designers are expected to account for the fact that young children explore the world by putting toys and other objects into their mouths, and that they cannot yet judge for themselves whether it is safe to use a toy, clothing, or other item in a particular way.
Toxic materials, small pieces, “pinch points,” and other defects in children’s products can cause serious injuries. When a child is injured, the work of seeking compensation and holding negligent businesses accountable falls to the parents. Working with our skilled Baton Rouge defective product lawyers can help alleviate that burden on a family.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice! – Call Baton Rouge Defective Product Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a dangerous product, you’ve already been victimized by a company that failed to meet its responsibilities to provide a reasonably safe item or to warn you adequately about hidden dangers in the product. Now you run the risk of being victimized again, this time by insurance companies or product manufacturers, designers, or distributors who are more interested in protecting their own bottom line than they are in compensating you for the harm you have suffered.
Let the experienced Baton Rouge product liability lawyers at Murphy Law Firm fight for the compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on healing. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today to discuss your options for moving forward.