Product Liability Claims
industrial accidents are caused by defective products, including faulty equipment, machinery,
tools, or dangerous chemicals. In addition to taking action against an
employer that may have provided this unsafe product, a worker can also
seek relief from the product's manufacturer or retailer. Products
liability cases can be complex. They require extensive investigation,
consultation with experts, and the prospect of taking on powerful companies.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have experience in pursuing these claims
and a track record of success. Our firm has recovered billions of dollars
in favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Liability for Defective Products in the Workplace
The use of
defective equipment and tools can lead to a variety of
serious injuries. Industrial equipment—such as rotators, conveyors, feeder belts,
forklifts, cranes, hoists, pulleys, winches, and derricks—may cause
serious head, brain, or
spinal cord injuries or even the loss of fingers and hands. Tools, including welders, hammers,
drills, and saws, can malfunction, leading to fractures,
electrocution, and vision or hearing loss. A forklift, skid steer or other type of loader
can tip over— or scaffolding, girders, beams, or ladders can give
way, leading to a fall. Often, an employer may require an employee to
work around toxic substances, such as asbestos, cadmium, or benzene, which
can lead to long-term illness.
When a worker is injured by a defective product, he or she may bring a
product liability claim against the manufacturer, whose liability may
hinge on manufacturing mistakes in the product or an inherent design flaw.
State and federal guidelines may be used to show that the product failed
to meet certain standards or that the manufacturer did not provide adequate
warnings. A seller or renter of faulty products may also face liability
for providing them to employers and workers with defects that could have
been discovered upon reasonable inspection.
Time Limits On Your Product Defect Claim
Product liability claims are governed by statutes of limitations, which
require lawsuits to be filed within a certain time period after an injury
occurs or is discovered, and statues of repose, which set the deadline
for bringing a claim within a certain period after the product was manufactured.
That's why it's important to discuss your case with an experienced
industrial injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin LLP today.
Contact us for a free initial consultation by calling us today.