As a consumer, you trust that the products you purchase and use everyday are safe. Government regulation and approval does not always guarantee a safe and effective product, however. Every year, there are approximately three million injuries and 20,000 deaths in the U.S. from defective products, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
In addition to injuries and fatalities, consumers lose millions every year on products that fail to perform as promised. Contact our defective products lawyers if you believe you purchased a defective product. You might be eligible for a defective product lawsuit. We offer a free and informative consultation.
A defective product is a product that is unreasonably dangerous, does not carry sufficient warnings, or fails to provide complete or adequate instructions for the product’s use. These products might come with warranties that the manufacturers and retailers fail to honor. Defective products can include any of the following:
A product liability lawsuit presents a myriad of facts, research, and potentially liable parties. It requires identifying everyone including the manufacturer, retailer and distributor. There are also so-called “middle men,” such as wholesalers, suppliers, and distributors in the chain of distribution who may be responsible.
If you suffer injuries from a defective product, you can recover economic damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses. Plaintiffs can also sue for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Some product liability injuries are so serious that the plaintiff can sue for emotional pain and suffering as well.
Federal and state regulators can take action by removing a defective product from store shelves. This does not remedy your physical injuries and economic losses, however. In addition, a defective product does not have to be part of a widespread recall for you to have a claim. The defective product could be limited to just you and your injury.
Minnesota has comprehensive product liability laws to protect consumers and provide remedies. Contact our law firm to speak with a Minnesota defective product attorney. Our initial consultations are free and confidential.