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Defective Products

As a consumer, you trust the companies you buy from to provide safe products that function as they should. Harmful merchandise encompasses a wide variety of categories. There are numerous products that can be defective. For example, there were approximately 254,200 injuries caused by children’s toys last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Common Products with Defects:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Children’s toys
  • Drugs and medicinal products
  • Firearms
  • Tobacco
  • Food
Harmful Merchandise Attorney

To pursue a case against a harmful or defective product, the plaintiff must prove that he sustained an injury or monetary loss; that the product was, in fact, defective and that that defect is what caused the injury in question; and that the plaintiff was not misusing the product when the injury occurred. The attorney must also determine whether the product defect was the result of a design, manufacturing, or marketing error.

Class Action Lawsuit

If the merchandise in question has caused injury to a large group of consumers, it may be advisable to file a class action lawsuit. Should the case be ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the amount awarded would be divided amongst all consumers involved in the suit. A plaintiff should evaluate the potential costs of legal representation and possible amount of damages awarded, before determining to join a class action suit or file a suit individually. An experienced attorney can help you weigh the costs and benefits of each type of claim.

Defect in the Design:

  • Was the product designed poorly to produce a hazardous product?
  • Could the designer have anticipated the defect before it was manufactured?
  • Could the manufacturer have used a safer design?

Defect During Manufacturing:

  • Was there a problem during assembly?
  • Was the product constructed properly?
  • Was a part missed during the manufacturing process?

Marketing Error:

  • Did the product contain a warning label?
  • Was the warning visible?
  • Was the warning clear and easy to understand?

Greenwald Law Firm LLC has experience representing clients across Louisiana for almost 20 years. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, know your legal rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 318-219-7867.