When to Hire a Product Liability Attorney
According to certain laws in almost every state, products must be safe and made with reasonable precautions. Under Arizona law, any item you purchase must be safe for its intended use. In addition, it must come with adequate instructions for safe use and warnings about possible harm. When a manufacturer fails to meet these standards, they are liable for damages. If you were victim of a faulty item, you need an experienced product liability lawyer at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law to fight for compensation.
Types of Product Defects and Manufacturer Defects
Product defects can potentially be found in almost every item you purchase. Manufacturers are typically required to go through intense testing when they release a new product to the public. However, that is not always the case. It is the responsibility of manufacturer to ensure that your safety is their top concern. When an item is defective, that puts the user’s safety at risk.
Some examples of a manufacturer defect include:
- Faulty tire tread causing a blowout car accident
- Crack in a playground swing set chain
- Exploding, defective air bags
- Grocery store produce with bacteria
- Bad electrical wiring
It seems as to be common sense that companies should manufacture safe products, but profits and costs often gets in the way of doing the right thing. Companies have been known to cut corners when it comes to safety and then attempt to avoid liability for the resulting harm. It has been shown that companies have even knowingly continued making faulty or dangerous products with no concern for public safety. Filing a lawsuit against businesses that have this cavalier and irresponsible attitude not only will ensure that you get reimbursed for your damages, but also that they have financial incentive to act more responsibly in the future.
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Hurt By Corporate Greed
Going up against a big business is not as easy as it should be. Companies will do anything to stop you from collecting even the most reasonable damages. There are several reasons for this. First, if they pay your claim, other customers may file similar suits. Second, companies know that punitive damages can be high if they have been negligent and a jury becomes aware of this. If you have been harmed by a product, it is important to get legal counsel the Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team attorney who are experienced in product liability law.
Justice for Consumers
It can be hard to accept that a business chose profit and money over your health and safety, but this is unfortunately common. Firestone Tires, for example, is a trusted brand. However, they continued to make and sell faulty tires even as thousands of reports of injuries poured in. This continued for years, until they were stopped by lawsuits from people just like you. This is not the only example; the medication “Ephedra” was added to a variety of cold and sinus medications until recently. Although pharmaceutical companies knew that it could cause heart problems, strokes, and even death, there were over 400 medications on the market containing “Ephedra” with no warnings. Whether you or a loved one have been harmed by a poorly designed product, a manufacturing defect, poorly written instructions, or an inadequate warning, we at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law are here to help you get justice.
Help With Medical Bills
It is tragic when a person struggles to pay for medical bills that aren’t even his or her fault. Medical bills for doctor’s visits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other expenses can easily run into the six or seven figures. It can be difficult to pay these bills when a person has to take time off of work to recuperate.
Even if you have good health insurance, your company may refuse to pay medical bills if they suspect someone else is liable. The manufacturer that caused the injury may try to pressure you into accepting a settlement while you are in this vulnerable position. They also may try to get you to make statements that they can later use against you. It is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible so they can help you to get the documentation you need to ensure that your bills are paid and your health restored. While other lawyers may pressure you to accept too small of a settlement in order to quickly resolve the matter, we will advocate for your best interests and help you to make informed decisions about your care.
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Compensation for Pain and Suffering
In addition to medical bills, injuries from a faulty product can lead to immense pain. You will suffer from physical pain, and often emotional distress as well. Your family life or other relationships may suffer. In addition to the pain and suffering from your injuries, you may ongoing pain, suffering, and emotional issues. If you have a long-lasting injury or disability, such as a brain injury, the pain and distress can be lifelong. You deserve compensation for these damages.
However, many companies will attempt to shortchange you. They will dismiss your suffering or imply that you are lying in order to get more money. Manufacturers know that settlements for pain and suffering can be very high and will do everything they can to discredit you. This is a time when it is important to have Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law on your side. We know that you need, and deserve; compensation for your past, current, and future discomfort when it occurred as the result of someone else’s negligence. We will be the advocate you need to get you the justice you deserve.
Some injuries are not healed quickly. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a faulty product, you may be dealing with the aftermath for years or even decades. This can include in home care, rehabilitation, and other long term expenses. Many manufacturers assume that this care should be given by friends and family members, because this reduces the amount that they have to pay for their negligence.
No one should have to feel like a burden on their family and friends. If you or a loved one have been harmed, our attorneys of the Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team can help you to get a settlement that covers the cost of your ongoing care. We can hire experts to estimate how much professional care will cost and testify to the need for it. You can get the professional medical care you deserve without imposing on family and friends. This will help you to have a faster and more complete recovery.
Faulty Products Harm in a Variety of Ways
In many cases involving product liability, there are multiple other expenses to be considered. It is important to have an experienced attorney who can help you to determine what you will need and advocate for it. For instance, many people lose their jobs or miss out on promotions and raises as a result of an injury. Others may find that they are not as capable of completing house or yard work, and thus need to hire help. You may have to retire earlier, or even suffer a shortened life span. Some people are no longer able to perform activities and hobbies that once brought them pleasure. You may even suffer a loss of potential job opportunities, as in the case of a person who suffered a brain injury and cannot complete a university degree as a result.
It takes experience to know what pitfalls you may face in the future. The attorneys of the Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team have handled numerous of cases similar to your own. We know what expenses and losses you may face in the future as a result of a faulty product. We can advise you on the lifelong impact and expenses of your case, and help you to get the settlement you need. Manufacturers will try to convince both you and the jury that these expenses are not their responsibility. However, the right injury lawyer knows how to make a case for your ongoing needs.
No victim should ever be forced to settle for less than they need to move on from their injury. At Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, we are dedicated to helping you get the settlement you need to resolve the situation and achieve justice.
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An Advocate in Your Time of Need
When you have been harmed by a dangerous product or an inadequate warning, you need more than a lawyer. You need an advocate and a fighter. At Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, we will fight tirelessly to get you the highest possible settlement, one that will meet all of your needs. We are proud to be aggressive on behalf of the people who need it: our clients. Our attorneys have years of experience and have successfully won numerous cases for people just like you. Not only do we offer legal help, but we also can ensure that you get access to the doctors and experts you need both to potentially recover from your injury and win your lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a faulty product, it’s time to take the first step on the path to full medical and financial recovery today. Call Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law at (602) 691-7278 or Fill Out Our Contact Us Form to find out how we can help you to get not just a settlement, but justice.