New Jersey Products Liability Lawyers
We’ve got 20+ years of experience standing up to corporations just like the one that caused your injury.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, a defective product causes a dangerous situation. This isn’t your fault, and you shouldn’t be the one forced to face the consequences of a serious injury.
With our New Jersey products liability lawyers on your side, you can hold the company that made this dangerous item accountable. It doesn’t matter if the company is a massive corporation with billions of dollars in revenue. Nothing gives it the right to put your family’s safety at risk.
Big, powerful companies and high-powered legal defense teams aren’t enough to intimidate the law firm of Console & Hollawell. We stand up for the rights of the people – and that means you.
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What Is Products Liability?
In the legal world, we call cases in which a defective product hurts an innocent person products liability claims.
You see, product manufacturers and vendors have a legal responsibility to make sure that the products they create and distribute to the public are safe.
When these companies fail to make sure their products are safe and those products harm an innocent person, they are liable, or legally at fault, for those injuries.
Every personal injury case is different, including those that involved defective products. To have a viable products liability claim, your situation must include two things:
1. Serious damages
No matter how dangerous a product is, New Jersey state laws don’t allow you to seek compensation for what could have happened – only what did happen. Product liability cases are tough. The process of pursuing them can be expensive. To make a claim worth pursuing, the damages must be significant.
What exactly do we mean when we say “damages”? These are any losses you suffered as a result of the defective product, and they’re what you’re seeking compensation for when you pursue a products liability claim or lawsuit.
Some of the types of damages our NJ products liability attorneys have seen in the thousands of cases they’ve handled over the years include:
- The serious physical injuries you suffered
- The medical expenses of treating those injuries, including any related out-of-pocket expenses
- The pain and suffering you experience as a result of the injuries you suffered and the medical treatment needed to care for them
- Any income you have lost from being kept out of work by the injuries
- Any loss of future earnings, if your injuries are expected to keep you out of work in the future
- Any other permanent effects on your life, including decreased mobility, ongoing pain, and any disability that makes it difficult to engage in your previous work, hobbies, or daily routine
Not every products liability case includes all of these damages. Some may include other, less common losses. What’s clear is that every one of the damages you suffered because of this defective product has had an effect on your life – and you deserve the maximum amount of compensation available for each of them.
2. Clear negligence
Your damages are important when it comes to determining if you have a claim and how much your case may be worth. But a second major factor is equally important: fault. Any personal injury lawsuit can succeed only if the company you’re suing caused the accident, and there’s evidence to show it.
A manufacturer is responsible for making products as safe as possible‚ and if potential dangers exist‚ for warning users. Liability in a products liability lawsuit can take different forms. Sometimes, the danger is part of a flawed design. Other times, mistakes in assembling and producing the item are what made it dangerous. In either case, the manufacturer is guilty of negligence if it did something that shouldn’t have been done‚ or failed to do something that should have been done.
Why You Need an NJ Products Liability Lawyer Even If Negligence Is Clear
Even though New Jersey state laws hold product manufacturers and vendors liable for the injuries their products cause, these companies aren’t exactly eager to write you a check. They don’t want to part with their money, no matter how much you need and deserve it.
To hold onto their money, they may try to deny any responsibility for the accident. They might blame another party – or they might even blame you. The manufacturer might claim that you were using the product wrong, or that you didn’t take the proper safety precautions – even if you know that’s not true. This isn’t fair, but then again, neither was being hurt through the company’s negligence.
Blaming the victim is often an effective tactic for companies. If they can convince you that it’s not worth pursuing a claim and you give up, they get to keep the money that’s rightfully yours. They don’t care that without that money, you won’t be able to afford first-rate medical care and your family will face a financial hardship.
But we do. That’s why we fight companies that make and market dangerous products – so that you can get the money you need to get your life back on track.
If you’re going to win your claim against the manufacturer of a dangerous item, then our products liability attorneys in New Jersey will have to show that the company was clearly at fault.
We will need to collect evidence that proves it was the product’s maker – and not you, the user – who was careless. And we will need to present that evidence in a manner so compelling that it would win over a jury – or convince an insurance adjuster to settle rather than facing us in court.
You have the grounds for a product liability claim when you were using the product correctly, in accordance with all safety warnings. If you didn’t use reasonable caution when you were using the product, then you’re unlikely to have a case against the corporation that manufactured it.
The Types of Products Liability Cases Our NJ Attorneys Handle
You may have heard the old adage, “buyer beware.”
But that saying does not apply to dangerous‚ defective‚ or misrepresented products that cause injuries like yours.
Just about any object could have a defect, but certain types of products are far more likely than others to malfunction in dangerous ways.
Our products liability lawyers in New Jersey have practiced personal injury law for more than two decades, so we’ve seen our share of cases like yours.
Here are just a few of the kinds of dangerous items we have encountered:
- Large and small kitchen appliances and cookware, like slow cookers and food processers
- Powered gardening equipment, like lawnmowers and weed whackers
- Household appliances and machines, like sewing machines, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers
- Power tools, from saws to and drills to sanders and jackhammers
- Prescription medications and medical devices
- Defects found in automobiles, including defective air bags and ignition switches
- Baby toys, furniture, high chairs, and car seats
- Cancer-causing chemicals like Roundup weed killer
No matter what kind of product caused your injury, you should be able to pursue your claim without finances standing in your way. That’s why Console & Hollawell offers our No Fee Promise. With us, you’ll never have to pay any upfront fees for our legal representation.
If the above situations sound familiar‚ protect your rights by contacting our New Jersey products liability attorneys today at (856) 778-5500.
A Guide to the Products Liability Claims Process
When you pursue a products liability case against the manufacturer of a dangerous item, there’s a lot to do. There are legal documents to file and actions that your products liability attorneys in NJ must take to get the ball rolling on your case.
Here are three phases your case is likely to go through, and what our defective product lawyers – and you personally – will do during each stage.
Stage 1: Treating Your Injuries and Building Your Claim
The most important thing after you’ve been hurt by a defective product is getting the medical care you need. That’s what the first phase of the products liability claims process is all about.
During this stage, you’ll see the doctors needed to care for your injuries. That may mean treating with several different doctors in different specialties. It’s okay if you’re not sure yet what kind of specialists you need to see. We can help you figure that out and find qualified physicians who have experience treating accident-related injuries like yours.
Depending on your injuries, you might undergo a number of different diagnostic tests and exams. Your doctors could choose to treat your injuries in different ways.
Some injuries can be treated with physical therapy or chiropractic manipulation. Some may require epidural injections to relieve pain. For other injuries, surgical intervention in necessary.
Due to the expense and invasive nature of a surgery, doctors try to treat patients with more conservative methods first. However, these treatments aren’t effective on every patient – or even every patient with a similar type of injury.
What Your Lawyer Is Doing During the Treating Stage
While you’re working toward recovery, we’re working, too – on preparing your claim for success. From the time you first put your case in the hands of our NJ products liability lawyers, you have a dedicated legal team working on the claim.
We begin by investigating the defective product that hurt you. We track down and examine product paperwork like the user manual and any safety instructions or guides. We research the product and determine if others have suffered injuries similar to yours. Throughout our investigation, we’re carefully collecting and organizing the information that will prove that you deserve compensation.
We’re also keeping up with that status of your medical care and how your injuries are improving. Your medical records also serve as evidence – evidence that your injuries really were serious.
Stage 2: Negotiating the Settlement You Deserve
When you finish treating or make the most complete recovery you will make, we start the next step in getting you compensation. We present all of the evidence we’ve been gathering for your case in the form of a demand package. Through our demand letter, we outline the reasons you deserve compensation for the accident. This begins the process of settling your case.
Don’t worry if haggling isn’t your strong suit. We’ll handle this. After all, our excellent negotiation skills and willingness to fight for our clients are part of the reason we have won awards from publications based in New Jersey and across the United States. When it comes time to settle your case, we’ll put our negotiation skills to work for you.
Stage 3: Fighting for Your Rights in Litigation
Not every case can be settled quickly for the amount of money you deserve. If the defendant isn’t willing to work with us or to offer enough money to compensate you for your losses, we have to proceed to the next step: filing a lawsuit.
Don’t worry about the lawsuit stage turning your claim into a hassle. We’re still handling every aspect of the legal claim for you. When you do have a direct role to play, like giving answers in a deposition or attending an arbitration, we’ll make sure you know what to expect.
Having your claim enter the litigation phase doesn’t mean that it will make it to the courtroom. Most personal injury claims don’t. And in most cases, the claimant is better off.
You see, a trial is a lengthy and expensive process. For you, this can mean years of delay in getting any compensation for your case at all. The more your case costs to pursue, the less money you’ll get to keep in the end. So, both for your benefit and to avoid unnecessary strain on the New Jersey legal system, it’s better to resolve the case outside the courtroom if possible.
Throughout the litigation process – even as we’re gearing up for a trial – we never stop working toward the settlement you deserve. This way you can get your money sooner and hold onto more of it.
But you can be sure that we’re not afraid to take the case to court if that’s what’s necessary to get you maximum compensation. We’ve won our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars at trial in cases where the other side refused to offer the settlement our clients deserved.
Part of making a products liability claim a success is knowing what the case is worth and judging how to best secure that compensation. Once our product liability lawyers in NJ are familiar with your case, we’ll use our 20 years of experience and insider knowledge of the insurance industry to make these determinations.
We’ll guide you through the products liability claims process every step of the way and work with you to make the right decisions about your claim.
Taking a Stand Against Defective Product Manufacturers
Dangerous consumer products pose a serious safety risk in this country. In recent years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received more than 367,000 reports of injuries related to defective products annually.
And unless those seriously injured consumers begin holding the manufacturers of dangerous products legally responsible, the alarming statistics won’t get any better. These well-off companies aren’t likely to sacrifice their own profits just to prevent people from getting hurt – not even if their injuries could be as serious as yours.
Getting the compensation you deserve is itself reason enough to pursue a products liability claim. In fact, there’s little else you can do. The alternative is suffering in silence and remaining unable to ever afford the medical care you need to get better.
But when you pursue a personal injury case against the manufacturer of a defective product, you’re taking a stand on behalf of consumers across the nation. You’re sending a message that putting innocent lives at risk isn’t okay.
And, if your case causes the company enough legal and financial trouble, you just might be the reason the manufacturer finally pulls the dangerous product from the market.
A products liability claim isn’t the kind of case you can handle by yourself. You’re up against an influential corporation with resources that stretch far beyond your own. You don’t have the legal background necessary to navigate the complex claims process, much less take on that company’s expensive legal team. From the start of your claim, you’re at a major disadvantage. Having the right help on your side is the only way you’re going to level the playing field.
At Console & Hollawell, we can’t stand to see the manufacturers of dangerous products putting unsuspecting consumers at risk. We won’t let these corporations get away with the irreversible harm they have caused your family. An example of this that has recently made headlines is talcum powder.
From the moment our products liability lawyers in New Jersey get involved in your claim, we’ll investigate the dangerous product and begin building your case for success. The claims processes is confusing, but we’ll answer all of your questions and help you understand what to expect.
There’s no charge for the consultation and no upfront fees for our representation, so you have nothing to lose. Call (856) 778-5500 today and let us evaluate your case for free.
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