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Manufacturers, designers, retailers - those who bring products to American homes and businesses have an inherent responsibility to protect consumers' safety from unnecessary risks. From tainted food to motor vehicle defects, negligence on the part of producers has the potential to cause catastrophic injury or even death.

Examples of dangerous and defective products include:

Unfortunately, too many corporations and manufacturers put their company's bottom line above the well-being of the individuals who use their products. In many cases, manufacturers are fully aware of the dangers posed by defective or unsafe products, but they choose to market the item anyway in order to make a profit. This is unconscionable. Our product liability attorneys at Rourke and Blumenthal is dedicated to fighting for the rights of consumers who have been injured by irresponsible or negligent manufacturers.

Grounds for a Product Liability Claim

Just about anyone can buy just about any product they want if they have the means to secure it. With this in mind, it is not a stretch to say that anyone can misuse an otherwise safe product and hurt themselves. That will be the argument the product manufacturer brings to use against your claim, anyway, regardless of the obvious dangers their product may present.

To build your own argument and increase your chances of success, look for these signs of manufacturer negligence:

  • No instruction manual
  • Unclear assembly diagrams
  • Known defects with no recall
  • Unreasonable danger caused by regular use

Example: You purchase a weed whacker for landscaping. At the hardware store, a passerby mentions that they heard it was dangerous. When you get home, you are required to install the handle and the motor without coherent instructions, and there is no cover over the spinning rotor. When using it, you are cut by the filament, requiring stitches. You would likely have a strong product liability claim as the weed whacker displayed hazards in all four of the aforementioned ways.

Taking Action When a Dangerous Product is Recalled

If the number of people harmed by a dangerous or defective product is great enough, a product recall may be announced by the manufacturer. This will usually involve notifications through the news media, retailers that sold the product, or emails directly to consumers who participated in product registration programs.

When a product you own is recalled, there are two things you should always do:

  1. Hold onto the product: The manufacturer is going to ask you to send the defective product back without any questions and possibly offer a replacement. You should keep it in your possession for the time being, especially if you have been hurt by it. If you send it back, you will be handing any evidence you had of its dangers right back to the negligent party, effectively crippling your case. Always contact a product liability lawyer first before you take any action or send a product back.
  2. Check for mass torts: When a great number of people all need to file a lawsuit against one party for a defective product, a mass tort or class action can be created to streamline the process. A wide-scale product recall, such as the ongoing Takata airbag recall scandal, is bound to generate a mass tort of some kind. Discuss your options with your injury attorney and see if you can either opt into an existing lawsuit or be the first to create one.

Am I Entitled to Compensation for My Injury?

If you or someone close to you has suffered a personal injury because of a dangerous or defective product, it is important that you talk to a Columbus product liability attorney who understands product liability law and who can help you understand your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and more. Why not talk to a lawyer about your case?

Call for Your Free Case Review Today!

At Rourke and Blumenthal, we offer free case evaluations so our clients have the chance to learn about the strength of their case before making any financial commitment or long-term decision. With 75 years of combined experience and a reputation for effective, tenacious advocacy, you can trust our legal team to promote your best interests and to look out for you at this crucial time.

Call Rourke and Blumenthal today to learn more and to set up a time for your initial case review.

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