New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers
Defective Product Claims in NJ
Blume Forte NJ personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in handling hundreds of product liability cases. We can determine if injuries were due to a product being potentially hazardous, whether there was inadequate protection against those hazards, or if the injuries were caused by other deficiencies in design, manufacture, distribution, and/or in the instructions and warnings provided to the user and consumer.
DANGEROUS HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
While we use certain items routinely every day, there are a wide range of products, such as power tools, ovens, water heaters, industrial machines, automotive products, and medications, that can all cause serious harm if they are designed, manufactured, or distributed improperly. The same may be said of products which are seemingly innocuous: those which we tend to think of as harmless (e.g., perfumes, clothing, paint, food, etc.). In addition, the way in which a consumer is instructed in how to use a particular product can affect its potential to cause harm. The bottom line is: a manufacturer has a duty to put safe products into the stream of commerce for consumers and workers to use.
As a general rule of thumb, a manufacturer has a duty to design a safe product (e.g., lead-free paint on a child’s toy or toxin-free foods). If a product cannot be designed 100% safely, then a manufacturer has a duty to guard or protect against that aspect of the product that is dangerous (e.g., a machine guard or air bags). If a product’s dangerous propensity cannot be adequately guarded, then a manufacturer has an obligation to provide clear instructions and warnings as to its use (e.g., handgun or fireworks).
DEFECTS LEADING TO SERIOUS INJURY
When a product has defects in its design manufacture, distribution, or in the instructions and warnings to the user, those defects and deficiencies may result in foreseeable injury.
For everything from medications to chainsaws, automotive products, bicycles, toaster ovens, and cleaning fluids, the designers, manufacturers, and distributors of products must ensure that consumers and workers are sufficiently protected from being injured by the products’ use. Employers must also not intentionally utilize potentially harmful products to ensure that their employees are protected.
A failure to properly protect a product’s user from harm, or a failure to properly warn a consumer of potential dangers inherent in the nature and use of a product, may constitute product liability.
Most of us assume that products must be safe if they’re offered for sale at a reputable store. As thousands of Americans discover each year, reputation and regulation aren’t always enough to guarantee that a product is safe. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency charged with overseeing the safety of most products sold in the U.S., recalls hundreds of products each year due to safety concerns. Defective consumer products aren’t just a nuisance and a waste of money; they can cause preventable deaths, toxic exposures, and other very serious injuries.
Nearly any product can be defective, but some of the most serious product defects include:
- Faulty electrical wiring.
- Age-inappropriate toys that cause choking hazards.
- Unsafe tanning beds.
- Toys and jewelry containing lead or other toxins.
- Contaminated food.
- Unsafe prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
- Highly flammable home furnishings and apparel.
- Lack of safeguards.
- Lack of warning when a product is unsafe to use as intended.
- Inadequate instructions regarding the use of a product.
DEFECTIVE & DANGEROUS PRODUCTS IN THE WORKPLACE
Defective products aren’t just those used in our homes; they can also find us at work. Office workers can be exposed to chemicals and electrocution from computers and other equipment. Industrial, construction, or manufacturing jobs often involve equipment that can be dangerous even when used correctly. Common product injuries in the workplace include those caused by:
- Construction equipment defects.
- Escalator and elevator malfunction.
- Problems with manufacturing and industrial equipment.
- Insulation and other equipment containing toxins such as asbestos.
- Defective or deficient safety equipment.
- Ergonomic injuries.
Fortunately, New Jersey law imposes strictly liability upon manufacturers for the injuries their products cause. You may hold companies liable for an inherently faulty design, flaws, or contamination introduced during manufacturing, inadequate safeguards, and shortcomings in warnings of potential danger and/or in instructions. In an NJ defective products lawsuit, you can be awarded compensation for a serious injury, permanent disability, or wrongful death, as well as to pay medical bills, compensate for lost wages, and for other costs related to your accident.
BLUME FORTE SERVES CLIENTS THROUGHOUT NJ
Founded in Newark in 1929, the law firm of Blume Forte has decades of experience practicing law in New Jersey. We’re proud to say that in the past five years alone, we’ve secured well over $320 million in settlements and verdicts for our seriously injured clients. Many of our attorneys hold special Certification as Civil Trial Attorneys from the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and all of us specialize in the complex medical and legal issues presented by cases of catastrophic injury. Because we have 15 attorneys and an in-house physician in four offices, we have the resources needed to properly investigate and pursue your case.
If you were seriously injured by a defective or dangerous product, contact Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400 today for a consultation with a skilled New Jersey defective product lawyer regarding your matter at no cost to you.
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