At Levin & Malkin, a well-respected product liability practice located in Hackensack, we have been successful in obtaining substantial settlements for our deserving clients throughout Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties for over 40 years. If you or a family member has been seriously harmed by a defective tool, toy, car, or any other product, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical costs and other expenses related to your injury. Contact our team for superior legal representation.
Even though we have been working to protect the rights of victims of product liability for over four decades, we continue to be amazed at the severe, and sometimes catastrophic, injuries suffered by our clients. Despite the many U.S. agencies created to protect consumers from defective food stuffs, medications, airborne particles, vehicles, and a host of other products, according to Consumer Reports, everyday products are associated with at least 15.5 million injuries and 8,000 deaths per year in this country.
Levin & Malkin Will Fight Hard To Get You the Compensation You Deserve
We have the legal knowledge, superior skills, and extensive experience to win you the maximum compensation you deserve. We are tough negotiators as well as aggressive litigators, and won’t take you on as a client unless we believe we can win your case. As a matter of fact, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we do.
Strict Liability Means What It Says
Strict liability means that responsibility does not depend on intention. A manufacturer, distributor, or seller of a defective or dangerous product who was not negligent (or even one who took precautions to prevent the defect that hurt you) is considered responsible for your injury.
To prove strict liability, we must prove that:
- The product was unreasonably dangerous at the time of sale
- You were seriously injured by the defective product
- There were no labels or warnings regarding risk on the product or in its packaging
- You were using the product properly at the time the injury occurred
- Your injury was a direct result of the product’s defect
It is important to realize, however, that if you  ignored a written warning on the packaging, or on the product itself  used the product in a way it was not intended to be used or  were frightened by potential harm, but not actually injured, it is highly unlikely that your lawsuit is viable.
Harm that Product Liability May Cause
It is common to get a small cut while opening a poorly designed package or to get a bruise or blood blister when your finger is momentarily pinched by a tool. But if you or someone you love has suffered one of the following or another injury that requires urgent or prolonged medical attention, you have the legal right to compensation:
- Deep cut or puncture wound
- Serious burn
- Crush injury
- Bone fracture
- Spinal cord or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Disease (e.g. e coli, mesothelioma)
- Wrongful death
If you have been severely injured by a defective product, or have tragically lost a loved one in a wrongful death due to a faulty product, Levin & Malkin is fully prepared to provide you with the excellent legal service and genuine compassion you deserve.
Product Liability Covers a Wide Range of Products
We all see plenty of examples of product liability in the media — in scientific articles, recall notices, and flamboyant ads for legal firms. You have probably been aware of defects in at least some of the following products:
- Auto parts (airbags, brakes, tires, seat belts)
- Children’s toys/equipment (cribs, child car seats, baby food, electronic playthings)
- Cleaning products (cleansing sprays, abrasive powders, drain cleaners)
- Construction tools/equipment (chain saws, wall staplers, forklifts)
- Cosmetics and grooming products (talcum powder, curling irons, electric razors)
- Food products (ground beef, various types of produce)
- Lawn equipment (electric lawn mowers and hedge clippers, weed killers)
- Medical devices (transvaginal mesh, hip replacements)
- Medications (both prescription and over-the-counter)
No matter what type of faulty product has resulted in injury to you or a family member, Levin & Malkin knows precisely how to proceed with your case and protect you and your family. We can not undo the physical and emotional damage that has already occurred, but we will do everything in our power to restore and maintain your financial stability so that you can look forward to a comfortable and secure future.
Types of Product Liability
There are three categories of product liability: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects.
When a product has a design defect, it means its original design was flawed, so it was inherently defective even before its manufacture.
A product that has a manufacturing defect was designed well, but a dangerous mistake was made during its manufacture that now makes it hazardous to use. It is possible that only some products were manufactured with the defect, depending on the method and timing of production.
In most cases, “marketing defects” do not have much to do with marketing or advertising procedures, but rather involve an absence of warnings as part of the product’s packaging. If there is no warning, for example, that the product may overheat if left on for more than 30 minutes, and the purchaser is severely burned due to this omission, there are probably grounds for a lawsuit.
Class Action Lawsuits
As you may be aware, product liability cases often generate a class action lawsuit since a great many individuals may suffer injuries because of the same product defect. In a class action lawsuit, our attorneys may file both an individual lawsuit on your behalf and a class action suit for the affected group. Because we have your best interests at heart, we will give you options and recommendations about whether or not being part of a class action lawsuit will be beneficial to you.
Damages Levin & Malkin Will Fight To Win for You and Your Loved Ones
If you have been seriously injured by a defective product, whether it is a glue gun, contaminated meat or faulty wiring on a home appliance, our talented product liability attorneys will fight to obtain damages to compensate you for your medical and rehabilitation costs, destroyed property, and lost income.
Knowing that physical trauma is accompanied by mental anguish, we will also work tirelessly to get you damages to cover less tangible losses, such as pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement or disability, or loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact Levin & Malkin Today
The injury you have suffered may be causing you prolonged physical, emotional, and financial pain. While we wish we could make all of your difficulties disappear, we will do everything possible to relieve your economic anxiety. Your cause is our cause. Contact us today for the effective legal support and personal empathy you deserve.