Maryland Defective Products & Drugs Lawyers
Product Liability Cases in Maryland
Unfortunately, using a consumer product or pharmaceutical as directed can lead to personal injuries or illnesses. Despite FDA approval, this has been shown repeatedly throughout previous years across the U.S. These products and drugs can run the gamut from vehicles and their component parts to power tools, children’s toys and gear, food items, cosmetics, appliances, medical devices, medical drugs, and more. Even with FDA approval, the defects and dangers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, and biological products may not be known for years. Defects in other consumer products may not be known until reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission by those who have suffered harm through their use. However, when such harm has occurred, you may have the right to file a claim to obtain rightful compensation from those responsible.
At Potter Burnett Law, our trial-tested legal team provides experienced and dedicated legal representation for victims of defective products. To manufacturers, product engineers or designers, and product sellers, you may be just an unwanted and faceless consumer. These defendants may be large corporations with huge financial resources and sizable legal staffs whose sole job is to protect their employers. That is why you need the services of a legal team who brings compassion and understanding to your case and whose sole job is to protect you. With our dedicated help, you can seek the justice and compensation to which you are entitled when wrongfully harmed.
What Is Product Liability?
Consumers rely on manufacturers to provide safe and reliable products. If the manufacturer fails to meet accepted standards for quality and safety, their credibility and level of trust amongst consumers can become questionable. They can also be held accountable for the damages that such defective products cause to consumers through the use of those products. This is known as “product liability.”
When seeking compensation through a product liability claim, you as the plaintiff must show that the drug or product caused injury or harm due to its defect. You must also show that the defect was, in fact, the inciting cause to that harm.
Three types of drug and product defects can occur under product liability law:
- Manufacturing defects. This includes a pharmaceutical drug or consumer product that has been packaged improperly at any point from the factory where it was manufactured to the point where you receive the drug at the pharmacy or the product at its point of sale.
- Design defects. This includes a pharmaceutical drug or consumer product that has been on the market but over a period of time has been found to have dangerous side effects or product flaws. If the manufacturer knew of the danger but deliberately concealed it, you may be entitled to damages.
- Marketing defects (failure to warn). This correlates with the marketing of a pharmaceutical drug or consumer product. If the pharmaceutical or consumer product company neglects to mention proper warnings, instructions, or recommendations associated with the product, you may have an improperly marked pharmaceutical drug or other defective product claim.
Proving Liability in a Defective Product Claim
Just because you were injured by a defective product does not necessarily mean that you have a valid claim. You must prove various elements of the claim, including the fact that your use of the product occurred during the time or incident of your injury or losses, you were using the product as directed and not in some other manner or for some other purpose, the defect contributed to or caused the injury you suffered, and thus the product was, in fact, defective or dangerous.
The damages you may be able to obtain in a product liability claim are the same as for any personal injury case. These can include compensation for your medical care, pain and suffering, loss of income, property damage, and emotional distress.
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Many drugs and products have been proven to be defective or harmful to consumers over the years. Examples of these include damages awarded in cancer cases associated with the herbicide Roundup, the heartburn medicine Zantac, and the cardiac problems and deaths caused by Vioxx. Other examples include fuel tank fires associated with Ford Pintos, defective treads on Firestone tires, and Mattel toys that were coated in lead paint.
If you believe you have been injured by a defective product, our highly skilled attorneys have the experience needed to fight for you at the settlement table or in court.
$26,000,000 Settlement Vehicle Defect
In 1996, a Clarksburg man was in a motor vehicle accident while driving his 1987 Ford F-150 pickup.
$1,380,000 Car Accident Verdict
Our client suffered a comminuted fracture of his arm when a commercial vehicle pulled out in front of him on the highway.
$1,100,000 Car Accident Verdict
Baltimore mother and daughter rear-ended on route 301 in Virginia. Physical therapy treatment only.
$1,068,000 Car Accident Verdict
Charles County client injured when a car turned left in front of him.
$993,650 Car Accident Verdict
Woman rear ended by a hit and run vehicle and suffered lower back injury.
$650,000 Car Accident Verdict
Client was a passenger in a car, and suffered serious injuries.
$600,000 Car Accident Verdict
Our client was t-boned when the adverse driver ran a red light. Client had conservative treatment, no injections or surgery.
$600,000 Wrongful Death Settlement
Eastern Shore of Maryland wrongful death case for 83-year-old man.
$550,000 Car Accident Settlement
Prince George’s county car crash – 52 year old man injured neck, had surgery with full recovery.