Dangerous prescription drugs, medical devices, and consumer products prompt thousands of recalls, safety warnings, and lawsuits every year. Learn more, plus get tips on what to expect in a product liability lawsuit.
If you've been injured by a defective product and wish to sue to recover for your injuries, you must file your claim within a certain period of time. Each state has its time limit for filing defective product liability claims.
If you have been injured or suffered other damages because of a product you used, you may have a defective products claim. Before you file a lawsuit, you'll need to determine what types and amounts of damages you have suffered. Be sure to list all potential damage claims in your complaint.
Many people have used a medical device (such as a defibrillator) to improve their health, only to suffer injuries from that same device. Sometimes, these injuries can form the basis for a product liability claim. Medical devices that have run into medical and legal problems in recent years include heart defibrillators, stents, implants, and contraceptive devices.
It wasn't until the 1950s, when the first reports emerged linking cigarettes to cancer, that plaintiffs began suing cigarette manufacturers. For the most part, plaintiffs, usually smokers with lung cancer, employed several legal theories in their lawsuits.
In any case in which you are suing a doctor or a hospital in connection with an injury caused by a drug you were given, you may have a claim for medical malpractice in addition to the defective product liability claim.
In recent years, many people have experienced serious side effects from taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ("NSAIDs") to treat arthritis or other health problems. Because of some of these side effects of NSAIDs, patients have filed a large number of lawsuits against drug manufacturers. If you've suffered injuries or serious side effects because of an NSAID you took, you may have a defective product liability claim.
If you've been injured or suffered other kinds of damages because of a defective motor vehicle, you may have a defective product liability claim. There are several legal theories available in defective motor vehicle cases.
Lawsuits Against Toyota for Faulty Acceleration Not surprisingly, the massive Toyota recalls spurred hundreds of lawsuits nationwide. The lawsuits typically fall into two categories: personal injury lawsuits brought by individuals to recover for injuries or deaths allegedly caused by the Toyota defects,