Household & Industrial Product Lawyers in St. Louis
The Dixon Injury Firm Can Help
Every day, the typical American comes in contact with countless household and industrial products, and they are counting on the companies that sold those products to have taken the necessary steps to ensure the products were safe. Anyone injured by these products could possibly be compensated by various means for their injuries.
Our St. Louis household and industrial products attorneys bring professional legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for additional information and a free consultation.
If you have been exposed to a harmful product at work, your injuries will likely be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This is a no-fault system in place around the world. The basic bargain is that workers are paid quickly after a workplace injury for their medical expenses and lost wages. If workers are disabled, then they are compensated for their loss through a formula based on their wages and how grave their injury was. For example, ProPublica estimates that the average worker that loses a leg in Missouri will be paid $102,679.
In exchange for this no-fault compensation regime, workers have given up their rights to sue their employers for other damages. For example, if a company negligently exposes its workers to toxic chemicals those workers will still probably only be able to recoup the workers' compensation payments. These payments can seem low for catastrophic injuries. Most people would pay more than $102,679 for their leg, for example. There are some exceptions that a lawyer could explore. Most commonly, someone injured on the job in Missouri could still sue a third party for negligence.
If you have been exposed to harmful household / industrial products outside of work, the person or company that caused the exposure could be liable. To show negligence, you must first prove there was some duty owed to the injured person. For example, if you were exposed to a toxic chemical while you were a customer at a hardware store, the store probably had a duty to keep you safe while you were there. Second, the injured party must prove the duty was breached. Third, the person who was injured must show a link between the breach and any damages that were caused. Finally, the injured party must show that he or she was damaged. In general, this all boils down to whether the person that caused your injuries acted reasonably under the circumstances.
Strict Product Liability
Companies that sell products to the general public are usually liable for any damages those products cause. This rule, called “strict liability” for product defects, is intended to make companies ensure their products are safe. People who are injured by defective products do not generally have to prove that somebody was negligent or pinpoint exactly what component caused the injury in question. It is really just a matter of proving that the product caused the injury, though that is not always so easy. In Missouri, this rule is laid out in Statutes Section 537.760, which is not much different than the law in the rest of the country. Product liability can be caused by (1) design defects, (2) manufacturing defects, or (3) failing to warn of hazards.
Committed to Quality Legal Counsel
Christopher R. Dixon and The Dixon Injury Firm focuses on product liability cases and additional personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these cases are for victims. To help lower financial stress, our St. Louis household product attorneys make it easier by offering a contingency payment system. This enables you to pay fees only if the case is won. Our legal services are free until then.
These are just a few ideas to help you think about how you could be compensated for an injury that you have suffered from household / industrial products. We are willing to provide any injury victim with a free, no-obligation consultation where we review the situation and let you know if we think there may be someone liable for your injuries. If we mutually agree it makes sense, we would represent you in the case at no out-of-pocket charge.
We only get paid if you get paid, so call us today at (314) 208-2808.