Cleveland Product Liability Lawyers

Holding Businesses Accountable for Unsafe Products – Cuyahoga County Defect Product Attorneys

When consumers purchase automobiles, space heaters, consumer electronics or children’s products, they justifiably expect that the products will be safe when used as intended. Unfortunately, this very reasonable assumption is contradicted by the many cases of injury and even death caused by shoddy products each year. Although the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) establishes safety standards and mandates recalls for a range of consumer products, there still are many people injured and killed by unsafe or defective products. There also are many products that are not subject to scrutiny by the CPSC.

When a consumer is injured by a defective product, consumers need an experienced Cleveland product liability lawyer who has the resources and experience to take on deep pocketed corporations and their insurance companies. Product liability cases require the knowledge to litigate technical and manufacturing specification issues and the resources to take on large corporations. Cuyahoga County defective product attorney Joel A. Nash has over 20 years of experience as a litigator in the state and federal courts of Ohio.

Unique features of product liability law that an experienced attorney can exploit

While there are practical challenges involved in lawsuits against well-funded defendants like large corporations, product liability law provides injured consumers with certain advantages that are not available to car accident victims. Product liability law provides the following types of advantages that an experienced Cleveland product liability attorney can exploit.

  • Potential Defendants: If you are injured by a defective product, any party in the manufacturing and distribution chain might be a viable defendant. Ohio product liability law permits a party injured by a faulty product to sue the product designer, manufacturer, distributor and/or retailer. Because companies facing liability for serious injuries and/or fatalities can face multi-million dollar judgments or settlements, there is always a potential risk that one of the companies associated with the product will file for bankruptcy or lack sufficient insurance coverage. The ability to pursue any entity in the production-distribution chain can be critical in this situation.
  • Multiple Theories of Liability: While negligence can be the basis for a claim related to a defective product, companies also can also be liable based on strict liability or breach of warranty. When strict liability applies, an injured consumer can prove liability by establishing that the product was defective when it left the control of an entity in the production or distribution chain.

Product liability claims can also be based on several types of defects including: (1) design defects; (2) manufacturing defects; and (3) labeling defects. Design defects are hazards that are inherently present even when a product conforms precisely to the manufacturing specifications. This means that every unit is defective because the flaw is an essential part of the product. Manufacturing defects are those that arise because deviations from the specifications occur during the manufacturing or assembly process. This type of defect will impact specific units, models or lots of the product. Labeling defects refer to products that provide insufficient instructions or warnings to prevent consumers from being injured when using the product for an intended use or reasonably foreseeable misuse.

Call a Cuyahoga County Defective Product Lawyer Today

Our Cleveland product defect law firm represents clients injured by a broad spectrum of inherently dangerous or poorly made products. Some of the common types of products that have been the subject of recent litigation include:

Defective Airbags: Airbags that fail to deploy, deploy too aggressively or deploy at the wrong time can cause traumatic brain injuries, blindness, broken bones and even death. There also have been millions of vehicles recalled recently because of exploding airbags that can propel shrapnel at vehicle occupants.

Defective Medical Products: There are many types of faulty medical products, such as artificial hip implants. These medical devices can cause miniscule metal particles to slough off into the blood stream. Another type of defect involves hip implants that fail and necessitate revisionary surgery.

Dangerous Pharmaceuticals: While pharmaceuticals have improved the lives of many people, sometimes reports of adverse side effects are covered up, or drugs are raced to the market without adequate testing.

Other Recent Defective Liability Cases

  • Asbestos and other hazardous materials
  • Recreational products
  • Tobacco
  • Consumer electronics
  • Defective motor vehicles
  • Products for babies and kids
  • Equipment and tools
  • Toys with lead based paint

If you or a family member has been injured by a dangerous product, Joel A. Nash aggressively challenges businesses that put consumers in harm’s way through exposure to defective products. We offer a free consultation, so we can explain your rights and answer your questions, so call us at (216) 691-3000 or email us.