Personal injuries can be sustained from a wide variety of products that you may not suspect of being dangerous or defective. When you are hurt, we will fight to ensure that you have money to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. We take the time to focus our attention on each client and form caring bonds with each individual that walks through our doors. If you or a member of your family has been injured by a defective product such as a household appliance, prescription medication, motor vehicle, or children’s toy, contact the New Jersey Law Offices of Herbert I Ellis, P.C. today.
Types of Product Liability Cases
Faulty Pharmaceutical Products
Problems with your prescriptions drugs can have very severe consequences for your health. Nearly one half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug for health issues ranging from allergies to cholesterol. Around 100,000 of these Americans taking prescription drugs die each year as a result of their prescriptions. Some of the deaths are a direct result of faulty pharmaceutical products.
Despite years of testing by both government regulators and the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them, some tested prescription drugs can cause damage to an individual’s health. Some pharmaceutical faults are:
- False claims of the product such as misrepresenting the drug’s effectiveness, uses, or not revealing potential side effects
- Drug contamination when a toxic substance is added to a drug before it is sold to consumers. This can be from fungi, bacteria, or toxic substances such as arsenic, lead, or mercury.
- Drug recalls due to manufacturing defects, unknown side effects, or unforeseen adverse reactions with other drugs.
In many cases the faults of a particular drug are not identified until after the drug has been in the market. Drug recalls happen when a fault is found with a particular drug. This is an attempt to remove the drug from the market to prevent anyone from becoming ill, but does not always happen in a timely manner. If a drug you have been taking is issued a recall, it is important to contact your physician immediately to deal with the problem. It is also important to consult with an attorney who has expertise in these matters and become informed about your legal options. At the Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, P.C., our attorneys will represent you through concerns you may have with many pharmaceutical drugs or medical devices.
Toxic Food Products
Some prepackaged foods are improperly packaged or poorly made, posing serious health risks to their consumers. Many packaged foods are sealed in foam- based or plastic containers intended to be safe for use in the microwave. However, if improperly packaged or labeled the packaging may release harmful toxins that seep into the food while microwaving. Also, foods that have been negligently or shipped incorrectly may house bacteria, viruses, or contaminants that when consumed can make an individual seriously ill. In some cases consuming mislabeled or contaminate food may cause premature death, particularly among individuals with allergies to particular foods. Commonly reported results of toxic food products are:
- Mislabeled food, which can cause violent reactions to those who suffer from food allergies like peanuts, lactose, soy, gluten, and shellfish.
- Foodborne illness, such as diseases and infections, the come from the consumption of food that has been tainted. Some common food-borne illnesses include E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogens.
- Contaminated food, usually due to unsanitary conditions in production, transportation, or storage of the product. Some hazards of contaminated food include mercury, lead, fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
If serious injury or illness comes from a toxic food product, the product manufacturer may be held liable and made to compensate those who have suffered.
If you or a loved one has suffered from injury or illness as a result of consuming a toxic food product, you may be eligible for compensation from the responsible parties. Contact our expert personal injury attorneys in New Jersey today.
Childcare Toys and Products
Nothing is more important than the welfare of our children. Unfortunately some toys are manufactured with improper or missing labels or have been negligently created. Certain risks associated with hazardous toys and children’s products include choking hazards, lead paint poisoning, and age-inappropriate toys. Each hazard is a risk the health and wellbeing of your child. Toys that have small parts or detachable pieces may be a choking hazard to smaller children. Even the toy packaging can cause damage from choking or ingestion. Lead paint, a banned substance in the United States, can exist in products manufactured in foreign countries. Inspectors do not test paint; therefore these toys or products may pass safety inspections despite their hazardous nature. Exposure to lead paint at a young age can cause long term effects such a learning disabilities, stunted grown, poor coordination, and even organ damage. Mislabeled toys indicating a particular toy is safe for a certain age group may in fact be inappropriate for younger, less advanced children. These toys might contain smaller, removable parts that can be swallowed or sharp edges. If your child has been harmed by a dangerous toy, you must hold the manufacturers accountable for the damage they caused through negligence.
Defective Machinery and Tools
Machinery can contain defects that can make it dangerous to its user, causing serious harm or in some cases death. Any manufacturer of any tool or machinery is legally responsible for ensuring its safety. Through product liability, the company that sold or built the defective tool or machinery can potentially be held responsible for the loss of the victim. Issues with the device typically come in the form of a manufacturing flaw, design flaw, or marketing flaw. Any one of these flaws can cause severe injury to an unsuspecting user and should be held accountable for negligence. If you or your loved one has suffered personal injury as a result of using a faulty product, contact our New Jersey personal injury attorneys to fight for your legal rights.
Products sold in the United States must have clear, visible labels warning of any potential threat and consequences of using that particular product. Manufacturers are required by law to provide labels for their products and to responsibly market their product. A product could be harmful or even hazardous if used under different circumstances than its intended purpose. If you have sustained injury by a product that was improperly labeled, you may be eligible to make a successful personal injury claim.
Any defective qualities in the products outlined above, among many others, can cause very serious injury to unsuspecting users. Call a trusted attorney about your product liability suit today; not only will you benefit from the case, but you will help protect other consumers from potentially unsafe products. The NJ personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Herbert I Ellis, P.C. are committed to working with victims of negligence relating to negligent product labeling or manufacture.