When we buy products, we expect that they will be reasonably safe for ourselves and our family members. Unfortunately, every day New Yorkers become injured by defective products. There are three main types of defective product claims — defectively designed products, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Victims of defective products have a right to bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of the product. Sometimes people experience mild to moderate injuries from defective products. In other cases, product liability victims experienced devastating, life-changing injuries.
1. Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are among the most common types of product liability injuries. Anytime a product is electronic or can be plugged into an electrical outlet, there is a potential that it could cause burn injuries. Many burn injuries will affect a victim for the rest of his or her life. Even though sunburn injuries heal over time, severe third-degree Burns could make a victim dependent on others for the rest of his or her life. Burns can cause the loss of fingers, toes, and limbs. Serious burns can also require multiple, painful reconstruction surgeries. Even the scars caused by severe burns can be painful for a significant amount of time. Defective products can cause burn injuries in many circumstances, including:
- An electric blanket could catch fire when turned to a high setting
- A slow cooker or other kitchen product can catch on fire when left turned on
- A piece of clothing made with flammable materials can catch fire and cause severe burns
- A stove that was not fireproofed properly by the manufacturer can catch fire
- A laptop can overheat and cause burns on a victim’s legs and groin
- A victim can become burned in a car accident caused by a defective vehicle
Amputations can occur in a wide variety of product liability cases. Sometimes amputations occur in construction work. Construction workers have to use heavy machinery that can be dangerous even when the machinery operates perfectly. When a machine fails to work, the employee can suffer an amputated finger, hand, or even armed. Car accidents caused by defective car parts are also a common cause of amputation injuries. In some cases, a person’s limb becomes damaged to the point that surgeons cannot repair it. The surgeon may need to amputate the limb to avoid infection or because it cannot be repaired.
3. Traumatic Brain Injuries
Suffering a traumatic brain in (TBI) is always a risk in a personal injury accident. Anytime a person is subjected to violent force or involved in a car accident, a traumatic brain injury is possible. When a defective car part, motorcycle, or bicycle causes an accident, and the victim suffers a traumatic brain injury, the cost associated with the injury can be expensive. Those severely affected by a traumatic brain injury may lose the ability to work, walk, and care for themselves.
Recreational vehicle users are particularly vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries. ATVs have grown in popularity, but they are also dangerous. When ATV manufacturers fail to provide adequate warnings on their recreational vehicles, they can be held responsible for accidents. For example, if they do not clearly warn that only one person can sit on an ATV and an accident occurs after two people sit on an ATV, they can be held liable for defectively marketing the product. Even when a bicyclist or an ATV user has a helmet, they can still suffer a traumatic brain injury.
4. Injuries From Defective Medical Devices
Every year, thousands of new medical devices hit the market. Sometimes these devices have not undergone extensive testing by researchers in the medical field. Unfortunately, this can lead to severe injuries. We have seen many clients who have severe complications from using pelvic floor mesh products that are defective. Some victims have ongoing painful problems with their bladder that cannot be fixed by surgery.
Metal knee and hip joint replacements have also been a common cause of injuries. Certain manufacturers made hip and knee implants highly defective, causing metal poisoning and related medical problems in patients who received them. There have also been recent breast implant products, kidney dialysis filters, stents, and pacemakers that are defective and cause patients problems.
Many different prescription medications have been known to cause cancer, blood clots, and other dangerous medical conditions. Unfortunately, by the time the hazardous side effects become known, many victims have already become injured or even passed away.
5. Spinal Cord Injuries
As with traumatic brain injuries, defective products can also cause dangerous spinal cord injuries, especially in car accident cases. Defective car parts such as unsafe brakes and tires are responsible for many accidents every year. Many car accidents cause serious spinal cord injuries. In addition to car accidents, defective construction equipment can cause spinal cord injuries when an employee becomes crashed due to a faulty heavy machine. Unsafe flooring can also cause spinal cord injuries due to dangerous slip and fall accidents.
Spinal cord injuries range in severity, but severe spinal cord injuries can cause partial or complete paralysis. The costs associated with treating paralysis can easily exceed $1-2 million for a middle-aged person. Spinal cord injuries also cause pain, infections, difficulties regulating blood pressure and body temperature, and mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety.
Contact an NYC Product Liability Lawyer
Have you or your loved one been seriously injured in a product liability accident? If so, you are probably wondering how you will pay your mounting medical bills while taking time off of work to recover. Under New York’s product liability law, victims of defective products have a right to sue the negligent manufacturer, distributor, or retailer. One of the best things you can do is speak to a skilled product liability attorney as soon as possible. Contact Pulvers Thompson today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.