Dangerous Products / Product Liability
If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, a products liability case can be filed against companies involved in the manufacturing and sale of the product, including the manufacturer of parts, an assembling manufacturer and the wholesaler, and sometimes the retail store owner. When a defective product causes injury to a consumer of the product, a products liability suit may be appropriate. Products are generally thought of as tangible personal property (automobiles, helicopters, airplanes, ladders, car seats, drugs, medical devices, farm equipment, and household products and appliances); however, products liability lawsuits have also been based on natural gas, pets, real estate and maps. Nixon, Vogelman has the resources, knowledge, and experience needed to hold negligent manufacturers, distributors, and retailers liable for dangerous and defective products.
If you've suffered a serious injury due to a dangerous or defective product, contact the attorneys at Nixon, Vogelman today. We regularly work with design engineers, toxicologists, materials experts, and other professionals in building our clients' cases.
Liability and Defective Products
In New Hampshire, a plaintiff in a products liability case must first prove that the product is defective. Product defect claims against a manufacturer or suppliers are based on design defects, manufacturing defects, and defects in marketing. Design defects exist before the product is manufactured. Manufacturing defects happen while the product is being constructed or produced. Marketing defects arise from improper instructions and failures to warn consumers about a dangerous aspect of the product. Proving that the product was defective is the most difficult and important aspect of a products' liability lawsuit.
- How much money can I expect to get when my case is over?
First, you should run away from any lawyer who tries to answer this question before he or she has built your case into the best it can be. No lawyer can, even after meeting with you for that free, initial consulation, tell how much your case is worth. Yes, there are factors that drive most every case; how much are your medical bills or lost earnings, how bad are your injuries, did you require pyschological treatment and many others. But, there is a lot more to determining the value of any legal claim.
There are two key factors many people overlook. Nice plaintiffs, that is the people suing, can do better than others. In fact, a nice plaintiff, someone a jury will like, can turn a bad case into a good one. This is true in reverse. A likeable defendant will result in a lower verdict. As a well regarded New Hampshire Judge recently said, we can't determine the value until we "eyeball" the parties.
If you want a lawyer who will promise you a fortune to get your case, this firm isn't for you. If you want lawyers with the experience and skill necessary to accurately "eyeball" the parties, including being honest about your jury appeal, contact us below.