Defective Products Lawyers Serving West Virginia.
As a society, we rely on designers, manufacturers and distributers to provide consumers with various appropriately labeled, safe and effective products. People do not expect the drugs they use to treat an illness to result in even more health problems. Unfortunately, many people have been exposed to defective pharmaceutical drugs. The side effects and reactions can even result in death. The drive for profits has resulted in pharmaceutical companies indulging in unsafe practices that have a negative effect on the lives of the consumers.
We also defend West Virginians against defective motor vehicles and defective consumer products. By holding designers, manufacturers and distributers accountable, The Masters Law Firm is forcing these companies to make consumer products safer for us all. If there is a known design defect, manufacturer defect or a failure to warn the public of the dangers of using the item, the negligent party must be held liable for their actions. The staff has attorneys trained in engineering and experienced in litigation of defective products.
If you have been injured or if a loved one has lost their life as a result of a defective product, contact The Masters Law Firm today.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a consumer product, you may be able to file a product liability suit. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it may be possible to file a claim against the designer, the manufacturer, or the distributor of the product. Defective products are typically classified as falling into one of three categories.
- Design Defect – A design defect occurs at the planning and development stage of the product. If a product is inherently dangerous or defective even when used as intended, it is usually determined to have a defective design. An example of a product that would be considered defective as a result of its design would be a ladder that was designed with an ineffective weight-bearing capacity.
- Manufacturing Defect – A manufacturing defect is a flaw that stems from the manufacturing process. This may occur as a result of the materials that are used, changes made to the design during the manufacturing process, or manufacturing tolerances that result in a defective product.
- Failure to Warn – If a company fails to warn customers about the potential risks of a product, and the product causes a defect, the company may be held liable for a failure to warn. Even if an individual injures himself or herself using a product incorrectly, the designer, manufacturer, or distributor still has an obligation to warn against such use if it was an action that could have been foreseen.
Our defective products lawyers, serving all of West Virginia, can help if you have been injured or a loved one has been killed as the result of a defective product. We can guide you through the process of filing a product liability or wrongful death claim, and help ensure that you are justly compensated for your suffering.
Automotive manufacturers, tire manufacturers, or any company that designs or builds components for motor vehicles must ensure its products are safe. The federal government regulates the automotive industry to help ensure that motor vehicles that are available to the public offer a minimum level of safety and protection in the event of a crash. If an automotive defect causes a crash or causes severe injuries in the event of a crash, it may be possible to hold the liable parties accountable for damages. Some common automotive defects include:
- SUV rollover accidents
- Tire defects, including tire blowouts and tread separation
- Automobile and SUV roof crushes/cave-ins
- Unintentional door openings
- Defective restraint systems (e.g., seat belts and airbags)
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident that was a result of defective equipment, or you suffered injuries that were exacerbated by faulty equipment, contact our defective products lawyers today. Located in West Virginia, we are committed to helping victims hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Mining and Industrial Equipment
At The Masters Law Firm, we can help if you or a loved one has been injured in a mining accident, industrial accident, or construction accident. Our defective products lawyers in West Virginia can review your case and help determine liability. If defective work equipment has caused an injury, we can help you file a product liability lawsuit against the liable party. If it can be shown that equipment caused an injury due to improper maintenance, it may be possible to file a suit against the employer. The following is just a sampling of defective equipment commonly found in industrial work sites:
- Poorly designed or faulty hand tools
- Pneumatic tools with ineffective safety mechanisms or inadequate disclaimers
- Power tools with ineffective safety mechanisms or inadequate disclaimers
- Heavy machinery, such as bulldozers or backhoes
- Unsafe assembly or production lines (e.g., running at an unsafe speed)
- Poorly designed or unsafe work stations
Though all pharmaceuticals must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA approval does not guarantee that a drug is safe. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse effects as a result of taking an over-the-counter or prescription drug, you have legal rights. The defective products lawyers from our West Virginia law firm can review your case and determine your eligibility for financial compensation. An approval by the FDA does not waive a company's responsibility to create and produce a drug that will perform as intended and that is safe to use. The defective products lawyers at The Masters Law Firm will work tirelessly to help ensure that you obtain fair and just financial compensation for any suffering that came as a result of a dangerous and defective drug.
Contact Our Defective Products Lawyers
At The Masters Law Firm, we can help you receive just compensation for your injuries. If you are seeking the legal counsel of qualified defective products lawyers in the West Virginia area, contact our West Virginia law firm today.