Westchester Product Liability Lawyers
If you are looking for a Westchester product liability lawyer, Grant & Longworth can help. Our experienced attorneys aggressively represent those who have been injured by dangerous products in Westchester County and all over the state of New York.
Injured by a Dangerous Product?
If you are reading this page, there is a good chance that you were injured by a dangerous product.
We hope that the information provided here will impart you with a basic understanding of the law and how a Westchester product liability lawyer can fight for your rights. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with a real Westchester product liability lawyer, not an assistant or a paralegal.
What is New York Product Liability Law?
In an ideal world, there would be no product liability lawyers. Products would be thoroughly researched and tested, and dangerous items would be stopped before they ever reached the consumer.
Society has come a long way toward accomplishing this goal. Government watchdog agencies like the federal government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission and independent entities such Underwriters Laboratories have taken on an aggressive role in protecting the public from injurious products. Regrettably, dangerous items manage to slip through the cracks.
New York product liability law is a body of legislation that deals with dangerous products and the harm they cause. The law is designed to ensure that those who are unjustly injured by a dangerous product are adequately compensated.
It is important to the function of our consumer driven society that manufacturers and distributors of food products, drinks, electronics, medicines, and any other consumer or speciality product that you can think of are sufficiently careful in the design, production, testing and inspection of items they market for sale to others.
In addition to compensating consumers who have been unjustly injured by dangerous products, product liability law also helps to ensure that manufacturers and distributors of poorly designed and manufactured products are held accountable for their actions. When a lawsuit is successful, the manufacturer is often forced to redesign the product or remove it from the market, upholding principles of safety and security in consumer expectations.
How to Prove Product Liability Cases in New York
New York product liability lawsuits generally proceed under one of three legal theories:
Design defects result in products that are a danger to the consumer before they are even produced.
Manufacturing defects occur during the manufacture, construction or assembly of a product.
Finally, marketing defects create liability through inappropriate labeling, poorly written or missing directions, or inadequate safety warning labels.
Who Can be Sued in a Westchester County Product Liability Lawsuit?
If a dangerous or defective product injures a customer it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the designer of a product, the manufacturer of the product itself (or a subcontractor that manufactures a defective component), or the retailer who sold the product. Any one entity or combination of these entities can be sued.
Compensation is Available to a Person Injured by a Dangerous Product in New York
A person injured due to a defective product in New York may seek compensation for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and punitive damages. A person killed by a defective product may seek compensation for wrongful death.
New York Product Liability Statute of Limitations
In general, the statute of limitations for product liability in New York is three years. Note: in cases where the defective product results in death, the statute of limitations is reduced to just two years from the date of appointment of personal representative of an estate.
Examples of Dangerous Products Responsible for Product Liability Lawsuits in New York
A wide variety of products have been found by New York courts to be dangerous. Consumer products, medical items, and industrial products are the three main categories.
- Cars and trucks (including components like tires)
- Appliances (e.g. toasters and garbage compactors)
- Medical devices (e.g pacemakers and surgical screws)
- Heavy machinery (such as punch presses), ladders, motors,
- Building materials (including drywall, plywood, screws, insulation, wires and plumbing pipes)
And other products used in specialized industries as well as consumer products.
Contact a Westchester Product Liability Lawyer
If you or one of your loved ones have been injured due to a defective product, contact Grant & Longworth. As long as the product that caused the injury was used in the manner in which it was meant to be used at the time of injury, and the defective, or inherently dangerous product caused a person’s injury, that person may be entitled to just compensation.