Product Liability

Quick Summary

Sokolove Law is a law firm with extensive experience across a broad range of personal injuries. This includes many product liability injuries. Product liability lawsuits happen after goods with known defects cause someone harm. Those who have suffered may be able to seek compensation.

What is Product Liability?

Product liability refers to cases where defective goods cause harm. People expect the products they buy to work as intended. But when these products are defective, those who use them may be unjustly harmed. The fault may then be traced back to the companies who made or sold the product in the first place.

These companies obviously did not want to hurt people. They wanted to make money. But their innocent intentions should not excuse them. Huge companies often have the resources to prevent these defects, but they may neglect to use them.

People who have been injured by a defective product may be able to take legal action. By doing so, they can receive compensation for the harm they have suffered. These people may have better odds of getting this compensation if they work with an experienced personal injury firm.

Sokolove Law has over 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases. We have helped those who were harmed by defective products receive compensation. In fact, we have recovered billions for our clients. Our attorneys may be able to help you receive money for your injuries, too.

What Products Pose a Risk?

Almost any product can cause harm if it is defective. However, some products will put people at especially high risk. The following products are just a few that have endangered people in recent years.

Medical Devices

A medical device may mean the difference between life or death for some patients. If the device does not work as intended, the consequences can be serious. Every year, thousands of people are harmed or killed due to unsafe or defective medical devices.

Notable medical devices that may have defects include:

  • Hernia mesh
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters
  • Knee and hip replacement parts
  • Transvaginal mesh

Check out our complete list of medical devices to see if your device poses a known risk.

Hip Replacements

For those whose hips have been damaged, hip replacement surgery can restore their mobility. But those who receive metal-on-metal hip replacements may be put in serious danger. This is because metal particles may be released into the body as the hip replacement works.

These metal particles can cause dangerous inflammation, osteoporosis (bone loss), and the death of healthy tissue near the joint. There is also a risk that the hip replacement will need to be removed, meaning another high-risk surgery.

The following companies have recalled hip replacement parts within the last 10 years:

  • Johnson & Johnson®
  • Stryker®
  • Smith & Nephew

Personal Care

Personal care products include a huge variety of goods. Almost all of them are intended to help people stay healthy, active, and clean. But when corporations decide to cut corners or neglect safety precautions, they put customers at serious risk.

In recent years, care products that were marketed as safe have been linked to serious health issues, including hearing loss, cancer, and death. These were not isolated incidents: they affected hundreds of thousands of people. Several major companies were accused of negligence and had to pay compensation to those they harmed.

3M® Earplugs

Earplugs are an essential part of many military and construction jobs. Loud explosions and noises can lead to hearing loss and illnesses like tinnitus. Earplugs were considered so crucial that the military contracted with 3M to supply them with military-grade earplugs.

However, recent lawsuits allege that 3M knew their military earplugs could loosen over time, making them ineffective for some users. Even worse, the suits claim that 3M knew about the risks but did nothing to correct them.

3M’s earplugs were used by the military for over a decade. In the process, thousands could have suffered permanent hearing damage. 3M reached a $9.1 Million settlement in 2018 regarding the issue.

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is derived from talc, a natural mineral. Talc can absorb odors and moisture very well. Because of this, it was sold as a potential cure for diaper rash. After its introduction in the late 1800s, talcum powder became a staple of child care and beyond.

In the present day, though, talcum powder has been the subject of serious lawsuits. In recent years, thousands of people have taken legal action against Johnson & Johnson, arguably the world’s most famous producer of talcum powder.

These suits claim that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused:

  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Other forms of cancer & serious illnesses

Vehicles

Cars, trucks, and motor vehicles sometimes contain defective parts. If the defect is serious enough, the entire vehicle can be recalled. No matter the brand, defective vehicle parts can pose a serious risk to you and other drivers.

Sometimes, defective parts are not mass produced but are instead limited to a single vehicle: yours. If this defective part causes an accident, it may actually be the company’s fault — not yours.

Volkswagen® Emission Scandal

The Volkswagen emission scandal did not center on defective parts. Rather, the company claimed that many of its vehicles were eco-friendly when the opposite was actually true.

Starting in 2009, the company installed software in its “CleanDiesel” vehicles. The company claimed this software controlled the emissions of the vehicles.

However, the software only activated when the cars’ emissions were tested. When the software was off, the vehicles emitted illegal amounts of pollution into the atmosphere. The software effectively allowed the company to sell fraudulent vehicles to consumers.

Select models of the following cars were affected:

  • Audi®
  • Porsche®
  • VW Beetle®
  • VW Jetta®
  • VW Passat®
  • VW Touareg®

The company’s misdoings came to light in 2015, and the company set aside over $7 Billion to compensate those who were affected.

Other Products

Sokolove Law has worked on thousands of personal injury cases over the last 40 years. If you did not see the product that injured you or your loved one above, check out our complete list of cases.

Even if your case is not listed, our team may still be able to help. Submit the contact form on this page, and we will review your case and determine if we may be able to represent you.

Sokolove Law and Product Liability

Defective products can bring physical and financial harm to you or someone you love. Even worse, these products may not have caused harm if the companies who made and sold them took the right precautions.

The silver lining is that you may be able to receive compensation. In the case of high-profile defects or recalls, companies will sometimes set aside large amounts of money to compensate victims. If that is not the case, you still may be able to receive money by filing a legal claim.

Sokolove Law may help you in both situations. Our firm has over 40 years of experience in handling personal injury cases — including product liability cases.

Sokolove Law works on your behalf. Our lawyers:

  • Can file a legal claim in any state, increasing your chances of compensation
  • Will work around your schedule and may come to you for in-person visits
  • Work on a contingency basis, meaning you do not have to pay any fees upfront

To learn more about how Sokolove Law can help you, fill out our contact form or call (800) 995-1212.

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Last modified: May 21, 2019

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