St. Louis Product Liability Lawyers
Did a Defective Product Cause You Harm?
Every day, we use countless products to navigate our lives. We trust that these products have undergone proper safety testing to ensure that they will not cause us any harm—but this is not always the case. All too often, product manufacturers and distributors allow defective products onto the consumer market in the pursuit of profits. When this happens, injured consumers and/or the loved ones of those wrongfully killed by defective products are permitted to take legal action in the form of a product liability lawsuit.
Product liability is an area of personal injury law that holds that product designers, manufacturers, and distributors are responsible for damages caused by flawed, faulty, or defective products. There are several different theories under which product liability claims can be brought, including negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty. At The Dixon Injury Firm, our St. Louis product liability lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options as they pertain to your specific situation. We are available 24/7 to assist you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the legal process or what you can expect from your product liability claim.
What Makes a Product Defective?
The law recognizes three general types of defects. A product may have one or more of these types of defects—often with serious consequences for the consumer.
The three main types of product defects are:
- Design Defects: A design defect is a flaw in the actual design that renders the product unreasonably unsafe. When designing products, companies should weigh the risks against the potential benefits and, when the risks are extreme or far outweigh the benefits, they should not allow the product onto the consumer market. If a product is excessively unsafe, it could have a design defect.
- Manufacturing Defects: When a product is properly designed but a mistake is made or a flaw introduced during production, the product is said to have a manufacturing defect. An example of this would be a type of pharmaceutical medication that becomes contaminated during production or an airbag that is not correctly installed in a vehicle, causing it to fail to deploy on impact.
- Labeling Defects: A labeling defect refers to flaws in critical labels that should come with a product. Most commonly, this involves missing or insufficient safety instructions, hazard warnings, or side effect listings. However, labeling defects can also refer to products that are improperly marketed, such as a medication that is marketed for an off-label use which ends up causing harm to patients.
Knowing what type of defect a product had is critical, as it points to which entity is liable. A design defect, for example, indicates that the entity responsible for designing the product is liable for the harm that product causes, whereas a manufacturing defect indicates that the manufacturer itself is liable.
In any case, our St. Louis product liability lawyers can investigate your claim in order to determine if a defective product played a role in the accident/incident that caused your injuries. We often do this by examining product recall lists, investigating the scene of the accident, and working with various industry experts. This allows us to build a clear, comprehensive picture of what happened, how you were affected, and who is responsible.
Types of Product Liability Cases We Handle
At The Dixon Injury Firm, we have a long history of success in handling all types of complex product liability cases. Our team understands the many nuances and challenges these types of claims present, and we know how to overcome them.
We can assist you with product liability cases involving:
- Defective products in the workplace
- Defective devices
- Hernia mesh
- Hip implants
- IVC filters
- Nuvaring lawsuits
- Vaginal mesh
- E-cigarette explosions
- GM airbag recalls
- Household industrial products
- iPhone battery explosion claims
- Samsung battery explosion claims
- Space heaters and electric blankets
- Takata airbag claims
- School and playground accidents
This is not an exhaustive list. If you or someone you love was injured as a result of any type of defective product, reach out to our team to learn how we can help. Our attorneys are prepared to guide you through the legal process and advocate tirelessly for your recovery every step of the way.
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Product liability cases are often very complex due to the difficulties inherent in proving that a defective product was the cause of an accident or injury. Additionally, large corporations, manufacturers, and their insurance companies and defense attorneys will often go to great lengths to disprove or deny your claim. It is critical that you have the help of an experienced legal team on your side.
Reach out to The Dixon Injury Firm today to learn more about how we can help you. Our product liability attorneys have decades of experience and have successfully secured more than $50 million to date for our clients.
Injured by a defective product? Call (314) 208-2808 today to schedule your free case evaluation!