Product liability cases involve legal disputes where individuals or entities seek compensation for injuries or damages caused by defective or unsafe products. As a lawyer specializing in product liability, our role was to represent clients who have suffered harm due to a product’s design, manufacturing, or marketing defects.
These cases often require a thorough investigation into the product’s development and distribution chain, including analyzing engineering specifications, production processes, and quality control measures.
We work closely with experts in various fields, such as engineering and medicine, to build a compelling case demonstrating the product’s defectiveness and its direct connection to the client’s injuries. Product liability law can encompass a range of issues, including failure to warn, breach of warranty, and negligence. Our goal is to advocate for our clients’ rights, holding manufacturers, distributors, and retailers accountable for the safety of the products they bring to the market. Successful resolution of these cases may result in compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages suffered by the injured party.
About This Product Liability Case
In a significant legal development, the distributor of a water dispenser, Nestle Waters North America Inc., has agreed to pay a substantial $48 million to settle a product liability lawsuit arising from a toddler’s burn injuries. Attorneys from Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, including Marina Kats, played a pivotal role in securing this settlement on behalf of the burn victim and his family. The heart of the plaintiffs’ allegations centered around the claim that the water dispenser leased from Nestle Waters North America Inc. was inherently flawed due to a defective design, specifically an insecure hot water drain plug.
The plaintiffs contended that the unsecured hot water drain plug in the water dispenser posed a significant safety hazard, leading to the severe burn injuries sustained by the toddler. This case underscores the importance of product liability litigation in holding distributors accountable for potential design defects that can result in harm to consumers.
The $48 million settlement reflects a commitment to compensating the victims for medical expenses, emotional distress, and other damages resulting from the alleged defective design of the water dispenser. This resolution stands as a noteworthy example of legal efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of consumers in the face of product-related injuries.
What to do if you’ve been injured because of a Defective Product
If you have been injured by a defective product, it is crucial to take certain steps to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries. First and foremost, prioritize your health by seeking immediate medical attention. Documenting your injuries and obtaining a thorough medical evaluation will not only ensure proper care but also create a detailed record of the harm caused by the defective product.
Next, preserve any evidence related to the incident. Retain the product, if possible, along with packaging, receipts, and any instructions or warnings that accompany it. Photographs of the product, the scene of the incident, and your injuries can serve as valuable evidence in building a case. It is essential to refrain from altering the product in any way to maintain its original state for examination.
Promptly consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in product liability cases. They can guide you through the legal process, help identify responsible parties, and assess the viability of your case. Remember to keep records of all medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages incurred due to the injury.
Taking these steps will empower you to pursue a legal claim effectively and increase the likelihood of obtaining fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered as a result of the defective product.
If you’d like to consult with a lawyer for free to see if you have a case, please contact the team at Kats, Jamison and Associates.