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Products Liability

Accountability for Manufacturers and Retailers of Defective Products

As a consumer, you expect the products you buy to be safe for you and your family. The law entitles you to this expectation. Designers, manufacturers, and distributors all owe a duty not to put unreasonably dangerous products on the market. If they breach this duty, the can be held responsible for the damage that results.

Do You Have a Products Liability Claim?

Meirowitz & Wasserberg represents victims of defective products in lawsuits against companies throughout the supply chain. Defective product claims may be subject to the rule of “strict liability,” which means that injury victims do not need to prove negligence in order to be entitled to compensation. If a business sells an unreasonably dangerous consumer product which causes an injury under proper use, that business should be held liable for the injury.

What is a Defective Product?

New York law recognizes three types of product defects that give rise to products liability claims:

  • Manufacturing Defects – These defects occur when individual products suffer flaws or deficiencies during the manufacturing process.
  • Design Defects – A product has a design defect if it is unreasonably dangerous even when properly manufactured.
  • Failure to Warn – If a product is dangerous by nature (such as many prescription drugs), by law it must carry a proper warning. An inadequate warning is considered a product defect.

Automotive Recalls

Auto manufacturers regularly issue recalls for defective parts in their vehicles. Major recalls for defective brakes, airbags, seatbelts, and ignition switches have all made major headlines in recent times. Two of the most recent examples involve GM and Toyota:

  • In 2014 GM issued a recall affecting more than 28 million vehicles after disclosing an ignition switch problem that was causing its cars’ electrical systems to fail. Subsequent to the initial announcement, it was discovered that GM had known about the issue for over a decade. 
  • In March 2015, Toyota announced a recall of over 100,000 vehicles due to software issues that were causing vehicles to spontaneously shift into neutral.

If your vehicle is subject to a recall, you should get it fixed right away. If it’s too late and the recalled product has already caused an accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. You may also be able to participate in a class action against the manufacturer.

Asbestos Litigation

Exposure to asbestos is widely acknowledged to cause mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer. Building materials containing asbestos were widely used as late as the 1980s, and thousands of products continue to contain asbestos today. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have lost a loved one due to asbestos exposure, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Speak with an Experienced New York Products Liability Lawyer About Your Case

The attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP have years of experience fighting for victims of product-related injuries. If you believe that you may have been injured by a defective product, call 1-844-44-MW-LAW (844-446-9529) or contact us online to request a free consultation today.