The product liability attorneys at Hall Law P.A. have a long history of holding corporate manufacturers, accountable for making, selling, and distributing unsafe products. Most of us, when we purchase a product in the United States, assume that the product has been vetted and is reasonably safe for its intended purpose. Unfortunately, many products are put on the market without first going through proper safety testing and screening. As a result, products we often assume are safe may actually hold hidden dangers for unsuspecting users. When, for example, a vehicle component fails and the steering goes out on the driver, lives are put at risk.

Our product liability lawyers focus on the following product categories:

  • Auto defects (See more on auto defect claims…)
  • Hip Implant Defects & Recalls
  • Guns/firearms
  • Elevator defects (See more on elevator claims…)
  • Recreational products
  • Workplace equipment
  • Agricultural/farming equipment

Minneapolis product liability attorneys

Product Liability Lawsuits Push Companies To Make Safer Products

By holding corporate manufacturers accountable when they put dangerous products in the marketplace, product liability lawyers help deter unsafe practices. Seat belts, anti-lock brakes, airbags, and bike helmets are just a few examples of the safety upgrades put in place as a result of product liability lawsuits pressuring companies to make safer products. Contact our product liability lawyers in Minneapolis, MN for a free case evaluation.

What are Common Examples of Product Liability Cases?

When a defective or unreasonably dangerous product severely injures someone, the victim has the right to file a product liability lawsuit. Common examples of the types of product liability cases pursued include: 

Design Defect Claims

A design defect claim can be filed when a product is inherently dangerous due to a problem with its conception or initial design. An example of a design defect is a piece of machinery with a built-in safety guard that fails to actually prevent injuries.

Manufacturing Defect Claims 

With a manufacturing defect, a product essentially becomes defective due to a problem during manufacturing. For example, a product manufactured with a missing component, poor-quality components, or contaminated. It is typically a batch or a limited number of products that have a defect rather than the product as a whole. 

Failure to Warn Claims

This type of defect is caused by inadequate instructions or marketing materials that come with a product. An example of a failure to warn claim is a medication that does not contain a label that warns consumers against known dangerous drug interactions or a food product that does not list known allergens. 

Failure to Properly Test Product Claim

The duty to test a product properly is a subpart to the other three types of responsibilities a manufacturer owes consumers. In other words, if the manufacturer failed to test the product properly, then they also either failed in its design, manufacturing, or warning of inherent dangers.

What Injuries Can Occur From a Defective Product?

Defective products can cause many injuries that range in severity from mild to catastrophic. Some of the most common ones used as grounds for a product liability claim include:

Broken Bones

When a product unexpectedly breaks or explodes, it can cause bone fractures—for example, a faulty ladder breaking, a poorly designed piece of furniture falling, a defective high chair collapsing, etc. Severe bone fractures often require surgery and can take months to heal, and rehabilitation. 

Internal Damage

Internal organ damage is a commonly reported injury caused by defective prescription drugs or medical devices, such as surgical mesh, pacemakers, hip implants, etc. When a drug is contaminated or a medical device malfunctions, victims can suffer debilitating injuries.

Head Injuries

When a victim suffers a blow to the head due to a defective product, it can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even a minor TBI, such as a concussion, can have long-term consequences, and in extreme cases, victims can suffer permanent cognitive or physical impairment.

Back Injuries

Back injuries of all kinds can occur, such as herniated or bulging discs, fractures, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and others. These injuries often result in lifelong complications and chronic pain.

Burn Injuries

Severe burns can be caused by defective household appliances, like hairdryers, curling irons, or toasters. If they have faulty wiring, it increases the risk of them bursting into flames, exploding, or electrocuting a consumer. Healing from a burn injury can be excruciating, and victims may suffer further complications, such as infection and permanent scarring or disfigurement. 

Choking Injuries

Choking injuries and deaths are more often seen in young children due to poorly designed toys with small parts that break off or toys without a label warning of a potential choking hazard.

Other common severe injuries caused by defective products include strangulation, coma, poisoning, neck injuries, loss of vision or hearing, and loss of limbs or digits. 

 

What Damages Can I Recover For an Injury from a Faulty Product?

You can potentially recover damages for your losses by pursuing a product liability claim. Those types of compensation might include: 

  • Medical Bills and Expenses: Any costs for your current and future treatment related to your defective product injury. For example, emergency care, hospitalizations, surgeries, doctor visits, physical therapy, prescription medications, medical equipment, home modifications, etc. 
  • Lost Wages: Damages can be recovered for both past and future lost income and benefits because of your injuries. You may also be entitled to lost earning capacity if your injury leaves you unable to earn the same level of income as before the defective product incident.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain caused by your injuries, as well as any emotional distress, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, or any other resulting psychological effects. 
  • Property Damage: When the accident causes property damage, victims are entitled to payment for the repair or replacement of their property. (e.g., vehicle, clothing, etc.)
  • Loss of Consortium: If your spouse or family suffers a loss of love, companionship, comfort, society, etc., because of your injuries, they may be able to receive consortium damages. 
  • Wrongful Death: When a defective product causes a fatality, the victim’s surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for funeral/burial expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of services, and more.

If the defendant (at-fault party) was intentionally reckless or acted with an extreme disregard for the safety of consumers, the court may award punitive damages. This form of compensation is meant to punish the defendant and deter others from similar conduct.  

How Can a Minneapolis Product Liability Lawyer Help?

Succeeding in a product liability lawsuit can be challenging and complicated. In most cases, you must be able to demonstrate that the product was used as intended but was defectively designed, manufactured, or inadequately labeled. It will not be enough to show that a product you used resulted in injury. A Minneapolis product liability lawyer will have extensive experience and knowledge of the state’s product liability laws. They will know how to build a solid claim to ensure the at-fault party is held accountable and have the resources to complete a thorough investigation and collect evidence to support your claim. 

When the defendant is a large company (e.g., product manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, or retailer), they and their insurer may have teams of attorneys ready to intimidate and pressure you into accepting an unfairly low settlement offer. A product liability attorney will not back down. Instead, they will fight for your rights and ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve, even if that means representing you in court.