When we buy a product, we always hope that we get what we pay for. Unfortunately, when this doesn’t happen, sometimes it can mean far more than simply feeling ripped off. If you buy a defective or unsafe product, there is a very good chance you will be injured by that product. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you must read on and speak with our experienced New York product liability attorneys to learn more about how we can guide you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Who is responsible for a defective product?
There are three main causes of accidents involving defective or unsafe products. The first is negligent product designers. While efficiency is an extremely important aspect of all products, safety is paramount. When these companies fail to take consumer safety into account as they design their product, people are very often injured as a result. Once the product is safely designed, companies are responsible for including any warnings or instructions regarding both the proper and improper use of the product. If someone misuses a chainsaw, for example, one can only imagine the injuries that can occur.
Finally, once a product is safely designed and labeled, it is sent out for production. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for manufacturers to try and cut corners to either save time or money, causing an otherwise safe product to quickly become unsafe. If you have been injured or harmed for any of these reasons, you most likely have valid grounds for filing a product liability lawsuit. Once your attorney determines the cause of your injuries, he will then begin working to recover various types of evidence to prove your claim, including pictures or videos of the accident or its aftermath, police reports, medical documents, the defective or unsafe product itself, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits in New York?
If you have been injured due to a defective product, you will have to file a lawsuit within a certain amount of time. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, which means you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a product liability lawsuit. Those who make the mistake of waiting too long will generally lose out on compensation, even if they truly need it. Do not let this happen to you. Our firm is ready to fight for your rights.
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