New Jersey Product Liability Attorney
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 36 million people per year seek medical attention for injuries related to consumer products. They also estimate 34,000 consumer product-related deaths occur each year. If a defective product causes you an injury, death, or the death of a loved one, a New Jersey product liability attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, is here to help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and protect your future.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Dangerous or Defective Product?
Manufacturers must exercise a reasonable standard of care to ensure the products they make and sell are in good working order and are appropriate to use for their purpose. If a defect in manufacture could result in injury if used improperly, the manufacturer has a duty to inform the user of the proper use of the product and warn of potential dangers.
Sellers of the product also have a responsibility not to misrepresent the uses or safety of a product. A seller who advertises a product for use in a manner other than intended by the manufacturer could lead to serious injuries of those who trust their advertising. Sellers also have a responsibility to only sell products that are safe for use; retailers that fail to ensure the products they sell are safe bear some responsibility for injuries caused. For more information regarding liability for dangerous or defective products, speak with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer experienced in product liability claims.
Timeline to File a Product Liability Claim in New Jersey
New Jersey law sets strict deadlines for filing a claim after a defective product causes an injury. In most cases, plaintiffs have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit to claim compensation after an injury or other damage. The only exception to this law is if you did not discover your injury right away. For example, if a coffeemaker released harmful chemicals into your coffee, you might not discover your illness was the result of the use of the product for some time. In that case, you have two years from the time you should have discovered the product was the cause of your illness to consult a New Jersey product liability attorney and file a claim.
Who Can File a Product Liability Claim in New Jersey?
Anyone injured through the normal and expected use of a defective product may file a claim. Even if you did not buy the product yourself or were not using the product, you may seek compensation for injuries caused by the defective product. As an example, say you were walking down the sidewalk and the lawnmower in use in the yard next to you broke, sending pieces flying, and those flying pieces caused your injury. You did not purchase the defective lawnmower, you were not even using the lawnmower, but its defective manufacture caused your injury. You may seek compensation for your damages.
In cases where a defective product resulted in the wrongful death of a loved one, the personal representative of the estate of the deceased may seek compensation. The personal representative is usually the executor of the will. However, if the decedent left no will, the court will appoint a personal representative for the estate.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a New Jersey Product Liability Lawyer
Product liability claims pit you against large insurance companies and corporate attorneys representing major corporations. Corporate lawyers and insurance companies do not intimidate the attorneys of Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, and your attorney will not back down from the fight. Call Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, at (833) 726-6326 for a free consultation today. Let us help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.