Each year, defective products injure a number of people in Massachusetts and across the United States. When a product is faulty, it can cause serious and long-term harm or even death to consumers. If a defective product has hurt you or someone close to you, Plymouth County product liability lawyer Michael S. Mehrmann can help. With years of experience serving victims from his Kingston office, he knows how to handle complex personal injury cases against manufacturers and other large entities. He can examine the facts of your case and protect your rights throughout the legal process.Situations Giving Rise to Product Liability Claims
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 22,000 deaths and 29 million injuries are related to consumer products on an annual basis. Approximately 79 percent of all faulty product injuries involve children under the age of 15. Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (a branch of CPSC) reveals that over 14 million product-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments each year.
Product liability is an area of law that is meant to hold manufacturers and sellers strictly liable – even if they were not careless – if the plaintiff can prove that the product was dangerous or defective enough to cause injuries or death. In other words, product liability claims hold manufacturers and sellers accountable for any injuries that resulted from a defective or hazardous product being put into the stream of commerce and ultimately into the hands of consumers.
When people are injured or killed by defective products, the accident was typically caused by one of the following issues: a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a failure to warn the consumer about possible risks. A product liability attorney in Plymouth County can explain which of these theories may apply to your case. Design defects refer to inherent flaws or mistakes in the product’s design, rendering it unreasonably dangerous. As a result, these defects are in existence before the product gets to the manufacturing stage. A manufacturing defect refers to a flaw in the assembly or making of the product. It is a defect that occurs when a product departs from its intended design. A failure to warn is considered a product defect if an individual’s injury occurred due to a lack of instructions or warnings regarding proper use.
Each case is distinctive, and the amount of damages that a plaintiff is entitled to obtain in a given case will depend on a number of factors. People who have been injured by a defective or unsafe product may be entitled to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses, such as hospital bills and medication costs;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Property damage;
- Double or triple damages for a breach of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act; or
- Wrongful death damages, such as loss of companionship and loss of consortium.
Massachusetts allows plaintiffs three years from the date of an injury to file a product liability claim, although there may be exceptions to this rule. Generally, however, if you do not file your claim in civil court within the three-year statute of limitations, you will lose your right to compensation. Due to the time needed to investigate your case, you should retain an attorney as soon as possible after your injury.Hire a Plymouth County Product Liability Attorney to Advocate for You
If a defective product has injured you or someone close to you, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Mehrmann, we will work hard to protect your rights. You can rest assured that we have the experience and tenacity to get results. We understand that the last thing that you want to handle after an accident is filing a lawsuit, which is why we will try to make the process as seamless as possible for you. We represent people in Kingston, Plymouth, Marshfield, Hanson, Carver, Pembroke, and Duxbury. Speak to a product liability lawyer in Plymouth County today by calling (781) 585-3911 or contacting us online. We also can help you if you are looking for a car accident lawyer or assistance with another type of personal injury claim.