We have all heard the horror stories about people injured because of a defective tool, piece of machinery, or product.
Tools and machines used in home, industrial, or business settings (including construction sites) can cause severe injuries if they are not fit for the purpose intended. Deficiencies or defects in design, manufacturing, distribution, or in the instructions provided may result in injury - sometimes, severe injury or death.
Not every piece of machinery that causes an injury is necessarily defective. Sometimes, products cause injury because they are improperly used. Other products are inherently dangerous to work with, in which case there need to be clearly stated warnings.
However, here are a few ways a product can be considered defective:
Manufacturers of products including drills, power saws, air compressors, ladders, and printing presses must ensure that users (and the people around) are sufficiently protected from injury. A failure to protect a product's end user from harm, or a failure to warn of potential product dangers, may constitute product liability.
Employers that utilize potentially harmful products must also meet industry standards to ensure that their employees and the general public are protected from obviously dangerous products. They must make sure that all safeguards on machines and tools are maintained in proper working order, and that the tools and machines are used in the correct manner.
Bringing a claim for product liability is both complex and stressful. For example, imagine a situation where the head of a hammer flies off the handle and strikes a construction worker in the eye. Just by looking at it, you don’t know whether this was a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a warnings defect - maybe the hammer itself was fine, but the material on which it was used caused the problem, and did not come with a warning.
Being injured by a defective product can be hard to recover from both physically and financially. There can be extensive expenses - medical treatment, lost wages, rehabilitative therapies, and other intangible costs as well. We understand.
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has experience in handling New Jersey product liability cases. We can determine if the injuries were caused by deficiencies in the design, manufacture, distribution, and/or instructions or information provided to the user of the product. Call us at (973) 635-5400.
If you need to consult a New Jersey personal injury attorney, you need to contact Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. The initial consultation is always free.