Products Liability / Defective Design Lawyer

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Our attorneys handle products liability and product defect claims.  Products liability/product defect refers to personal injury claims involving design defects, manufacturing defects, or marketing defects in products. While the definition of “product” is quite broad to include real estate and even pets, most products liability claims involve asbestos, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other health products, and motor vehicles

Product defect/product liability cases are generally premised on one of three claims:

  • negligence
  • breach of warranty
  • strict liability in tort.
What Manufacturers Owe Us

Product manufacturers have a moral and legal responsibility to consumers to make and distribute products that are as safe as they reasonably can be.  When injuries or death is the result of a breach of that responsibility, victims have a remedy in a court of law. 

Products cases sounding in negligence are simple: the failure to do what an ordinary, reasonable manufacturer should have done. Breach of warranty is a contract action. Strict liability in tort is a remedy designed to remedy the unfair results that occurred when injury victims were limited to negligence or breach of warranty claims for injuries caused by defective and unreasonably dangerous products.

Strict Liability

Strict liability does not mean that you can automatically recover if you are injured by a product. You still must prove that the product was defective. But what it does mean you do not need to prove any particular act of negligence on the part of the seller. Instead, your lawyer must prove that the product was defective at the time it left the control of the seller. Accordingly, to recover compensatory damages under a strict liability theory in Maryland, the plaintiffs' lawyers must prove:

  1. that the product was in a defective condition at the time it left the possession or control of the seller;
  2. that it was unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer;
  3. that the defect was a cause of the injuries;
  4. that the product was expected to and did reach the consumer without substantial change in its condition.
Getting Help from a Product Liability Lawyer

Every year, thousands of people are killed by dangerous drugs, medical devices or defective products that should not have been placed in the market because they were not safe. If you or someone you love has been killed or injured using a drug or product, our product defect lawyers will investigate the product.  We determine whether it caused you injury as the result of a design defect, manufacturing defect, or marketing defect (usually involving failure to provide an adequate warning or some other improper labeling). In most cases, we have already done the necessary investigation because most product liability cases our lawyers have seen before. 

The attorneys at Miller & Zois have years of experience handling product liability cases on both sides of the aisle. We take both individual and class action lawsuits. If you want to discuss your case with one of our attorneys, get information on a particular class action suit pending, call us at 800-553-8082 or click here for a free Internet consultation.

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