Every day, we use countless products at home, at work, and in our daily lives. We expect these products to work properly—and when they don’t, serious accidents can happen.
If you or someone you love was injured due to a dangerous, defective, or faulty product, you could have a claim against the manufacturer or another liable entity. It is important that you reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney with experience in product liability cases, as these are often highly complex, challenging claims. At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we have been representing victims of all types of accidents, injuries, and negligence since 1996. Led by Attorney Joseph J. Perrini, III, we have successfully represented clients against major manufacturers and other corporate entities throughout New York City and the surrounding areas. To date, our firm has secured tens of millions of dollars in compensation for the injured.
What Is Product Liability Law in Long Island?
Product liability law is an area of personal injury law in which product manufacturers, designers, sellers, and other entities involved in the creation, production, and distribution of goods can be held legally liable when those goods are defective and, as a result, cause bodily injury or death. Although negligence often plays a role in these cases, it is not always necessary to prove that a manufacturer or another liable entity was negligent to have a product liability claim. Often, these entities are strictly liable, meaning they are always liable for injuries and deaths caused by their products when those products are defective, with few exceptions.
Product liability cases commonly involve:
- Auto defects, such as faulty airbags or tires
- Defective medications and pharmaceutical drugs
- Defective medical devices, such as CPAP machines
- Faulty household appliances and cleaning products
- Defective industrial equipment, tools, machinery, and products
- Unreasonably dangerous or defective children’s products
- Faulty electronics, such as laptops, cell phones, and chargers
- Products containing asbestos, such as building materials
- Agricultural products, including pesticides and herbicides
Although these represent some of the most common examples of product liability cases, any product that has a faulty design, defective manufacturing, or improper labeling or marketing could serve as grounds for a claim. We encourage you to reach out to our Long Island product liability lawyer at the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III if you believe that your injuries were caused by a defective product.
What Makes a Product Defective?
It is important to note the distinction between a defective product and one that is merely dangerous. To be considered defective, a product must have some flaw that prevents it from working properly or which poses an unreasonable risk of injury to the user when used correctly and without modifications. For example, a power tool may be inherently dangerous, but this does not necessarily mean that it is defective. However, a power tool that is missing proper safety guards or warnings could be considered defective.
Generally speaking, products may contain one or more of the following types of defects:
- Design Defect: A design defect occurs when a product is improperly designed, meaning it is unreasonably unsafe for typical use. This means that the product poses a serious risk of injury even when it is used correctly and without modifications. For example, a vehicle with an improperly designed roof that crushes during an accident may have a defective design.
- Manufacturing Defect: A manufacturing defect refers to an error made during the actual production of the product that causes the product to become faulty. Examples include seatbelts that are incorrectly installed into vehicles, medical devices that are missing critical components, or pharmaceutical drugs that become contaminated during manufacturing.
- Labeling/Marketing Defect: A labeling or marketing defect refers to a product that is missing proper labels, such as safety warnings or instructions, or one that is marketed for off-label use. Examples include a children’s toy with small parts that do not have a choking hazard warning or a medication that is used to treat an illness for which it has not been properly tested.
In some cases, it is obvious that a defective product caused an accident or injury. In others, it can be more difficult to determine whether a faulty product caused or contributed to the incident. In any case, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can properly investigate your claim and work with a team of experts to determine exactly what happened and, most importantly, who is liable.
Put Nearly 30 Years of Experience on Your Side
Attorney Joseph J. Perrini, III has been practicing law since 1992. With past experience in insurance defense and nearly 30 years of experience representing the rights of injured victims, he understands both sides of the legal system. He uses this experience to go up against major corporations, manufacturers, and insurance companies to effectively advocate for his clients. His aggressive approach has helped him secure numerous million- and multimillion-dollar results for his clients.
When you choose the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, you can count on our team to be there for you every step of the way. We recognize that no two cases are exactly the same, which is why we provide our clients with personal attention and direct communication. We are compassionate and truly care about you and your recovery.