Product Liability

Defective and dangerous products injure scores of people in the United States every year, and claims for these types of injuries fall under what is called "Product Liability" in legal parlance. The law concerning these types of claims has evolved a great deal over the years. Early on, in order to pursue a viable claim for a defective product, a plaintiff would had to have purchased the product directly from the manufacturer; that element is no longer necessary to prove in order to make a recovery. Liability for the defective item could rest with any of the following:

  1. the manufacturer
  2. the manufacturer of parts of the product (component manufacturer)
  3. the party that assembles the product, if different than the manufacturer
  4. a middle man, if any
  5. the entity that sold the item

There are three types of product defects that lawyers look for, including:

  1. design defects
  2. manufacturing defects
  3. marketing defects
Case Illustration

Instead of walking through how your case would go, as there's an infinite number of different directions we could go on based on an infinite number of factors, we'll briefly explain what makes a product liability case worth pursuing. For example, say the product is a car (not a car accident, but a defective car). It's the duty of the manufacturer that gets you from point a to point b in a safe manner. If the manufacturer built in a defect, it is breaching its duty. The other main thing we look at is whether or not that defect directly caused any damages. These italicized terms are the four main things we look at (for greater detail on this, click here). If the damages exceed the cost of pursuing the case as well as everyone's time, we'll begin to take the necessary steps towards a financial compensation.

Contact Us

Like with any product liability case, there is a lot of defenses available to all potential defendants, so it's imperative that you call to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. D.C., Maryland, and Virginia attorney Roger Gelb and his firm have represented over 10,000 clients and have recovered in excess of $100,000,000.00 (one hundred millions dollars) since its founding in 1954. Contact us today for a free consultation.