Product Liability Attorney in St. Louis
Protecting consumers when injured by defective products and vehicles
Think about how many products you and your family use in a day. From appliances and toys to cars and medicines, we rely on consumer products in every aspect of our lives. However, keep in mind that every single one of these products can have a design, manufacturing, or marketing defect that carries the significant potential of causing you or someone you love harm.
At The Hayden Law Firm, we believe corporations should be held accountable when they sell a potentially dangerous product to millions of consumers. If you are one of these consumers and suffered an injury as a result of a defective product, you are not alone and we can help. We will protect your right to financial compensation for your injuries. For more information, contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
What is product liability?
The concept of product liability is when a defective product causes an injury to you or a loved one. Under Missouri law, you are entitled to bring a claim against the manufacturer, seller, or distributor of a defective product when you are injured to receive compensation for the harms and losses you’ve suffered as a result.
Product defects may occur for a number of reasons but, in many cases, it’s simply because a company rushed a product to market without ensuring it was safe in order to make the maximum amount of profit. Often, the dangers of these products don’t come to light until an innocent consumer suffers harm.
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What are the different types of product liability claims?
There are three general types of product liability claims, and they’re differentiated by how the injured victim may recover compensation for their losses.
- Breach of warranty. All products have expressed and implied warranties that a product will perform a certain way. This might be according to the packaging, a sales contract, or a salesperson’s guarantee. A breach of warranty claim asserts that the product caused an injury while being used as directed; therefore the product did not meet the terms of the warranty.
- Negligence. Companies have a duty of care to design, make, and sell products without defects and hazards to the public. A negligence claim means that the product manufacturer or seller knew (or should reasonably have known) a product was dangerous or defective.
- Strict liability. Under the theory of strict liability, any party in the entire supply chain may be held accountable for injuries or damages caused by the defective product, even if there is no proof they knew the product was hazardous.
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What are the categories of product defects?
Product defects typically fall into three major categories:
- Design defects. These are defects that are inherent in the product design; thus, every product produced from the initial design are dangerous. Examples of defectively designed products could include space heaters that catch fire from faulty wiring, airbags that suddenly deploy without impact, or vehicles that are top-heavy and are more likely to tip over even in minor car accidents.
- Manufacturing defects. These are defects that occur in the manufacturing stage, where the product is not created according to its intended design. This defect could affect just one or perhaps millions of units sold and may occur at any stage during the product’s manufacturing process. Examples of manufacturing defects could include cars with part defects that cause brake failure accidents, bicycles without the necessary bolts that keep wheels attached, or all-weather tires with a manufacturing run defect that may cause a potential tire blowout.
- Warning defects. This is a failure (or defect) in the marketing and labeling of potentially dangerous products to consumers. What this means is if the product doesn’t come with necessary warnings and/or instructions, improper use could have a significant injury risk. Examples can include prescription drugs with an incomplete list of potential side effects, booster seats without instructions for use or weight limit, or dangerous substances or chemicals lacking proper warnings.
What kind of product liability cases does your St. Louis law firm handle?
While just about any product can possibly be involved in a personal injury case, as long as it caused you an injury of some kind, some products tend to cause injury more than others. Some of the most common defective products cases we handle include:
- Contaminated food, including pre-packaged food or produce containing salmonella and E. coli
- Defective children’s products, including toys, child safety seats, sleepers, choking hazards, etc.
- Defective consumer products, including kitchen appliances, HVAC systems, cell phones, laptops, e-cigarettes, power tools, yard equipment, smoke detectors, cleaning products, etc.
- Defective medical equipment, including implants, heart valves, prostheses, etc.
- Dangerous prescription drugs, including birth control pills, blood pressure medication, opioids, anti-psychotics, etc.
- Defective vehicle parts, including brakes, air bags, tires, seat belts, fuel systems, steering components, etc.
Put simply, if a product of any kind caused an injury that was preventable, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses. Contact a St. Louis product liability attorney at The Hayden Law Firm to find out more.
How much compensation am I entitled to for my product liability case?
If you or your loved one were injured by a defective product, you can seek financial compensation for your injuries with the help of an experienced St. Louis injury lawyer. We seek the following damages on your behalf:
- Lost wages, current and future
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Mental or emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
After your injury, ensure you seek medical attention as soon as possible, and do not throw away or return the defective product. You will need it as evidence. Contact our offices as soon as possible, as personal injury claims in Missouri must meet a five-year statute of limitations.
How can The Hayden Law Firm can help with my product liability claim?
Product liability cases are rarely simple or straightforward. The company you are up against is likely large, profitable, and covered by an extensive insurance policy with an aggressive insurance company. They will try to take advantage of you by offering you a lower settlement than you deserve or, worse, placing the blame on you so that they don’t have to pay anything at all.
When the seasoned team at The Hayden Law Firm represent you, we show the company that we are serious about pursuing compensation, and put you on a more level playing field with big corporations. We know it can be a challenge to determine liability as well as all of the responsible parties for your injuries and losses – but we are up to the task.
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St. Louis product liability attorney
At The Hayden Law Firm, we’ve been helping victims of negligence secure compensation for their injuries for over 15 years. We take on corporations both large and small when they put profits over people and you suffer harm. Talk to an experienced product liability lawyer today. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.