Defective products are often the cause of devastating personal injuries. At Chionuma & Associates, we have the experience required to hold the necessary parties accountable for your injury when a dangerous product is sold in the marketplace – whether it be the manufacturer, the distributor, the merchant, or others engaged in the sale of goods in the stream of commerce. Consider three illustrations of defective products:
Design Defect: You install state-of- the-art disc brakes on your car only to find they grab excessively when it is raining or the roads are wet. One week later, you are in a highway-speed accident that is your fault because the brakes would not unlock after application during a rainstorm. All parties are severely injured. You later learn that everyone who buys these brakes has the same problem with grabbing – but only when the brakes get wet. This is a classic example of a design defect.
Manufacturing Defect: You install the same state-of- the-art disc brakes on your car. They fail causing catastrophic injuries. You later learn the manufacturer could not fill all the orders for these new brakes unless he included 400 brake sets that failed to pass quality control standards at the plant. You bought one of the 400 defective sets. This is an example an instance where the manufacturer improperly allowed bad brakes to be sold into the stream of commerce that were known to be defective. In this example, you would likely recover punitive damages from the manufacturer as well.
Inadequate Warnings: A third-party installs the same state-of- the-art disc brakes on their car but the manufacturer fails to tell them that they must apply heavy pressure on the brake pedal for the brakes to work properly. One week later, you are injured in a highway-speed accident because only light pressure was used on the brake pedal by the other driver who installed the new brakes. Without an adequate warning about the proper use of these brakes, they became dangerous products. You have a clear claim against the manufacturer or distributor who failed to warn the purchaser of the brakes about particular dangers they knew or should have known about which were responsible for your injuries.
Injured because of a DEFECTIVE PRODUCT? We will look at your situation and assemble the right combination of experts to prosecute your claim if we find you have a defective products case. Call our team at Chionuma & Associates. (816) 421-5544.