Most of us take it as a given: Those items that we buy in a store are safe, or they would not be sold, right? By and large, they are. And yet, we see frequent reports of products that have not only failed, but have caused serious injury or even wrongful death – everything from car tires to cribs and from pharmaceuticals to fresh produce is subject to recalls because of the harm they have caused.
In the past, there was very little recourse for a customer who purchased a faulty or dangerous product. Starting in the early 1960s, with the rise of consumerism, came legal protection through strict tort liability laws. Today, that means that designers, manufacturers – and even distributors and retailers – may be held accountable for creating, making or selling dangerously defective products.
At Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, our products liability lawyers in Hanover, MD help protect consumers in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, MD, along with clients in Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County, including the cities of Rockville, Upper Marlboro, Hanover, and Greenbelt.
When someone is injured, our lawyers for defective products are here to help by making sure that negligent parties compensate for the damage they have done. We are not afraid to take on corporate giants or big insurance companies. The only goal is to make sure that our clients recover damages.What Constitutes Product Liability?
In Maryland, a product may be considered defective either by its manufacture, by a design flaw or by a marketing defect (for instance, a failure to warn of potential dangers, misrepresentation of uses or poor instructions). Any of these constitutes negligence and if the negligence leads to an injury, the negligent party or parties are liable.
Defective products have included and may include:
- Car and truck tires
- Seatbelts and seat backs
- Automotive brakes
- Child's clothing
- Age-inappropriate toys
- Toxic toys
- Cribs and playpens
- Hamburger meat
- Bagged salads
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter drugs
- Power tools
- Chinese drywall
If you or a family member has suffered an electrocution, burn, poisoning, organ damage or catastrophic head, brain or spinal cord injury, or has developed a serious medical condition as the result of using a defective product, we are here to help you get justice by getting you the full and fair compensation you deserve. We know you may have questions about products liability, and we have answered some of them on our Frequently Asked Questions About Defective Products page.
If you have been harmed by a defective product, speak with our products liability attorneys in Hanover, MD
Reach out to one of our experienced products liability attorneys at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP. The consultation is free. To schedule a time to meet, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111. We serve the entire suburban Maryland and Washington metro area.