Most people use consumer products throughout their daily lives with the expectation that the products will operate effectively and safely. Unfortunately, though, some products are defective and may cause grave harm to unsuspecting victims. Companies have an obligation to ensure that their products are safe, and when they fall short of meeting their obligations, they may be held legally responsible for the harm caused by their dangerous products. If you were harmed by an unsafe product, you may be able to recover compensation and should speak to an attorney. The New Hampshire product liability lawyers at Stephen Law Group have ample experience handling lawsuits arising out of harm caused by numerous defective products, and we are ready to assist you with your needs. If you retain our services, we will gather the evidence needed to prove liability and develop strong strategies to assert your rights.Examples of Defective Products and Dangerous Drugs
Generally, products can cause harm when they fail to operate as intended, or when they lack sufficient warnings regarding the potential risks that they pose when used correctly. At Stephen Law Group, our attorneys have experience handling cases involving defective medical products, such as DePuy knee replacements, Essure birth control, faulty surgical mesh used in hernia repair procedures, defective Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters, and inaccurate Pap Smear tests. Our attorneys also assist victims of dangerous drugs, such as sleep aids, heartburn medicines, opioids, Tasigna, Taxotere, Invokana, Risperdal, and many more. We are also proficient in handling cases arising out of harm caused by defective household products, such as Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, Neocate baby formula, Roundup Weed Killer, and unsafe window blind cords that have led to infant and child strangulation. Our New Hampshire product liability attorneys also represent people seeking damages for the harm caused by asbestos, including people suffering from mesothelioma, and women suffering from ovarian cancer caused by defects in talcum powder.Proving Liability for a Defective Product
People injured while using a defective product can seek damages via a product liability lawsuit. In New Hampshire, there are numerous claims that a person can assert in a case seeking damages caused by a harmful product, including negligence, strict liability, failure to warn, and breach of warranty.
Generally, a plaintiff alleging harm due to a defective product must first establish that the product was defective, either due to an error in the design or manufacturing of the product, or due to a failure to warn of the risks associated with using the product. Since issues pertaining to a product’s safety and possible alternative designs are generally outside the understanding of the average person, in most instances, a product liability attorney in New Hampshire will need to rely on expert testimony to establish that the product was defective.
The plaintiff must then prove that the defect made the product unreasonably dangerous to an end-user and that the defect existed when the product was sold by a party in the business of selling such products. Lastly, the plaintiff needs to show that he or she was using the product in a reasonably foreseeable manner but still suffered an injury because of the defect. A plaintiff in a product liability lawsuit is also required to prove that he or she did not alter the product prior to the incident that caused his or her injury.Contact an Experienced Attorney in New Hampshire or Massachusetts
Products that are defective often not only fail to work properly but also cause serious injuries. If you suffered injuries due to a defective product, you should meet with an attorney to assess the damages that you may be able to pursue in a civil lawsuit. At Stephen Law Group, our experienced product liability lawyers can help injured New Hampshire residents seek damages for the harm caused by defective products, and we will work tirelessly to provide you with a strong chance of a positive outcome. We also represent people in product liability cases in Massachusetts, and we have multiple offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. You can reach us via our form online or at 877-663-1007 to schedule a consultation.