Product Liability Lawyers New York

If you were injured by a defective product, you could be entitled to significant damages from the manufacturer or a seller under New York product liability law, even if the product was a gift or borrowed. Contact the experienced New York product liability lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, if you were harmed due to a manufacturing defect, a design flaw, or a failure to warn you of the dangers of using a product.

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Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

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Product liability law in New York allows consumers to claim damages if a defective product harms them. Manufacturers and sellers are strictly liable for defective products; you do not have to prove negligence to win your case.

Almost any defective product, including tainted food, unsafe toys, poorly built electrical equipment, and products lacking safety features or warnings, can be harmful. Collecting damages in product liability cases can be difficult, as the victim often must take on deep-pocketed corporations and their insurance companies, which want to limit settlement payments.

Our experienced, committed New York product liability lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg are well-versed in product liability law and have handled and won complex personal injury cases at the state and federal levels. Contact us today for a free consultation if a dangerous product has harmed you or a loved one.

Why Choose the NYC Product Liability Lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP?

The product liability lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, have decades of experience fighting for people who have been harmed. Our case results include $675,000 for a woman critically injured when her ignition failed, and her airbag did not deploy.

We are members of the American Association for Justice, and several of our attorneys have been recognized by SuperLawyers and ranked in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers. We are proud when our clients praise our passion and commitment in testimonials.

Don’t take on corporations and their insurance companies alone. Contact the New York product liability attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP today to set up your free consultation. We treat every case with individual care and never back down during settlement negotiations or trials.

What Is Product Liability?

Product liability refers to claims against manufacturers and sellers for damages caused by their products. This includes the makers of components used in products. The protection offered by product liability is not limited to the person who originally bought the product. If you were injured by a defective product you borrowed or received as a gift, you may still have a product liability claim if you are harmed while using the product as intended.

Product liability law protects those injured because of a faulty product. If you run a business, you are also protected when it comes to the products you use. For example, a defective stove that leads to a restaurant fire leaves the manufacturer open to a product liability claim.

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Different Types of Product Liability Cases

Product liability covers almost everything you use daily, including food, pharmaceuticals, electronics, electrical equipment, and toys. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for consumers to be hurt by everyday products, sometimes years after using them. Meirowitz & Wasserberg handles all kinds of cases protecting consumers, including the following product liability actions:

These are only some examples of product liability cases. If you or a loved one used a product as directed and suffered harm, contact us for a free consultation.

Overview of Legal Principles of Product Liability in New York

There are generally three types of product liability cases:

  • Manufacturing defects: An example is an unsafe product, such as tainted food
  • Inherently dangerous designs: An example is a lawnmower lacking protective shields
  • Failure to warn of risks: An example is not including a warning label for a product that can cause burns

While most personal injury cases require that you prove that the other person acted with negligence, you don’t have to do so to win a product liability suit. You can claim negligence, but you open yourself up to claims by the defendant that you contributed to your injuries.

Instead, you can take action in product liability cases based on the strict liability doctrine. This means that if you can show five elements exist, the defendant is liable even if you don’t prove negligence. Those elements are:

The Role of New York Product Liability Lawyers

Product liability lawyers help victims determine who is responsible for their harm due to defective products. Potential defendants include manufacturers who made or assembled products and wholesalers and retailers that sell them.

Our New York product liability lawyers investigate your claim and collect evidence, including medical reports and expert testimony. We answer your questions and will ask you questions compassionately and respectfully.

We talk to the insurance companies during settlement negotiations, so you don’t have to. If they refuse to offer you fair compensation, we will take them on in court armed with the evidence and arguments you need to get the damages you deserve.

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What to Expect When Working With Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP

We treat every NYC product liability or other matter that comes through our doors with the individual attention it deserves. We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you of the best next steps.

We have the resources to take on corporations and their insurance companies and a long history of handling highly complex cases. Our attorneys are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to our clients regardless of whether you seek $10,000 or $10 million in damages.

Our attorneys work for people, not corporations. We accept our product liability cases on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless we can secure damages from a settlement or verdict on your behalf. We work out our contingency plan with you at the beginning of your case so there are no surprises.

New York Product Liability FAQ

What Types of Product Defects Can Give Rise to a Product Liability Claim in New York?

Product defects can include missing parts, contamination, cracks, or other damages when leaving the assembly line or other problems that make the product unsafe.

Another type of defect is a flawed design that makes the product unreasonably dangerous.

A failure to warn you of the dangers of using a product can also result in a product liability claim.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Product Liability in New York?

You can file a product liability suit against manufacturers or sellers of products that harmed you. Sellers include wholesale and retailers. You do not have to be the original purchaser of the product.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Product Liability Claims in New York?

The New York product liability statute of limitations is three years. Failure to bring your claim promptly could result in a court dismissing your lawsuit, regardless of your case’s strength.

What Is the "Strict Liability" Rule in New York Product Liability Cases?

Strict liability means you don’t have to prove negligence to win a product liability case in New York. The manufacturer is liable for mistakes, dangerous designs, and a failure to warn of hazards regardless of whether you can prove that they acted negligently.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Product Liability Case in New York?

In a New York product liability claim, you can recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our experienced attorneys will help you collect all the evidence needed to maximize your claim.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Product Liability Case in New York?

You can file a claim for product liability on your own in New York, but these cases can be very complex. An experienced NYC product liability attorney can deal with the intricacies of your case. Deciding whom to sue, fighting for maximum compensation during settlement negotiations, and making strong arguments in court are all specialized skills you get by choosing a trusted product liability lawyer.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Product Liability Lawyer in New York?

At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, we offer a free consultation for your product liability case. We then provide our legal services based on a contingency agreement, which means you don’t pay unless we secure damages during settlement or from a verdict.

What Is the Process for Filing a Product Liability Claim in New York?

Collect all the evidence you have regarding the faulty product and the harm it caused, and bring it to your attorney. They will notify the other party and the court that you are filing suit. They will then file the legal paperwork to initiate your lawsuit. The two sides exchange information during discovery, and your case moves to settlement or trial.

Can a Product Liability Claim Be Filed in New York if the Injury Occurred in Another State?

You can file suit in New York for injuries that occurred out of state if the manufacturer or seller also does business in New York. For example, if you were hurt by a defective mower while helping your parents in New Jersey, you could sue in New York if the manufacturer advertises or sells its products there.

Contact NYC Product Liability Lawyers Meiowitz & Wasserberg for Help

Don’t wait to seek legal representation if you or a loved one has suffered harm due to a defective product in New York. Contact Meirowitz & Wasserberg today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal options.

Our experienced New York product liability lawyers are dedicated to fighting for our clients’ rights and helping them recover the compensation they deserve. Call us now at 908-998-2000 or visit our website to schedule your consultation.

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