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Product Liability & Defective Products in Missouri
For those harmed by a defective product in Missouri, our product liability lawyers can help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to under the law. Either the person who was injured or the family of a person who has died as a result of a defective product can file a products liability claim.
A product liability case can arise with the use of any product. A product is anything that is sold, except services and real estate. Machinery used in the office, in industry, in the home, or on the farm are the most common causes of personal injury and product liability litigation. The same is true of drug products sold over-the-counter or by prescription, food products sold in restaurants, and groceries sold in supermarkets.
Missouri law requires that manufacturers and sellers of products ensure that their products are not defective or dangerous to users. Companies must provide proper warning if using the product is unsafe or if using the product in a certain way could be hazardous to the user’s safety or health. Many of the injuries or deaths that are the result of defective products could have been avoided if the manufacturers used better design and the sellers abided by the laws to properly warn users of such dangers.
Types of Product Defects
Despite safety testing that is required before a product is made available to the public, a defective product can be sold and injure scores of people. The three general ways in which a product can be defective are:
- A design defect – a fault in the way the product was designed
- A manufacturing defect – a mistake made when manufacturing the product
- A warning/marketing defect – an error in the way the product was marketed to the public, most often involving a failure to warn the public of the risks associated with use of the product
Unsafe and defective products pose a serious risk to the health and safety of the public. By holding product manufacturers and suppliers accountable, product liability cases improve the safety of all citizens.
At Miller & Hine, we represent the seriously injured, and in the most tragic cases, we handle wrongful death claims. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers is committed to helping our clients achieve the justice they deserve.
Common Injuries Caused by Defective Products
Unsafe and defective products pose a serious risk to the public. The use of a defective product can result in serious injuries, such as:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ failure
In addition, unsafe and defective products can give rise to fires and other hazardous conditions that can harm others besides the person using the product.
At our law firm, we fight for people in Missouri who have been injured by unreasonably dangerous and defective products. Our goal is to hold the wrongdoers accountable for their negligence and recover the maximum amount of compensation available for our clients.
What Damages Can I Recover Through a St. Louis Product Liability Claim?
There are two general categories of damages that you may recover through a product liability claim:
- Compensatory Damages
- Punitive Damages
Compensatory damages are intended to compensate a victim for their losses. These damages are awarded to help the injured person pay for medical bills and other expenses and losses related to their injury, including:
- Economic damages, meaning money lost as a result of their injuries. This might include lost wages if the victim is unable to work, or out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as the cost of medication or medical devices.
- Non-economic damages for pain and suffering, inconvenience, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages, as the name suggests, are not meant to compensate the victim, but rather to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in similar conduct. To receive punitive damages, you must typically prove to the court that the defendant’s conduct was egregious and outside the bounds of what we consider acceptable in our society.
Why Hire Miller & Hine For Your Product Liability Case?
Our lawyers have a thorough understanding of product liability in Missouri, and how to effectively litigate complex damage cases. We help our clients recover financially from the loss of sustained and serious injury and wrongful death caused by defective products. We provide compassionate, dedicated, and committed representation to our clients, and develop each case fully to allow our clients to receive the justice they deserve.
At Miller & Hine, our St. Louis product liability lawyers firmly believe that companies who don’t follow the law must be held accountable. If you have been injured by a defective product, inadequate warning against hazards, or by other deficiencies in design, manufacture, distribution, and instruction, contact our firm for a free consultation.