Michigan Product Liability Lawyers
Our Product Injury Lawyers Serve Clients Nationwide
American consumers place their trust in manufacturers whenever they buy a product. Unfortunately, that trust is betrayed when dangerous and defective goods make it onto shelves and harm consumers. At Fieger Law, our Michigan product liability lawyers want to help you hold negligent manufacturers accountable for the damages you’ve suffered.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a dangerous product, contact our team for a free consultation. We’ll help you better understand your legal rights and, if you want to pursue legal action, ensure you have the help you need.
Our Product Liability Lawyers Aren’t Afraid to Fight Big Corporations
Fieger Law is here to stand up to large corporations who sell dangerously defective products that put consumers like you in harm’s way. Product manufacturers have an inherent responsibility to only sell products that are safe for use, and it is our goal to make certain they take that responsibility seriously, even when it means we have to take them to the courtroom.
Since 1950, we have been fighting for the wrongfully injured, no matter the size of the opposition or the complexity of the case. If you or a loved one were seriously injured by a defective product, then our Michigan product liability attorneys want to know about it.
Types of Product Liability Cases We Handle
Automotive Product Liability Cases
One of the most common types of product liability claims involves injuries caused by defective vehicles or vehicle parts. Defective parts could include:
- Seat Belts – Though seat belts are supposed to protect us from harm in crashes, they can actually be the source of serious injury when they’re improperly designed or installed in vehicles.
- Faulty Door Latches – Defective door latches have resulted in lawsuits against major auto manufacturers, including a class action lawsuit against Ford alleging faulty latches on F-150 doors.
- Crushed Roofs – Auto manufacturers should crash test all their vehicles to ensure occupants will be safe in the event of rollover accidents. Sadly, many vehicle manufacturers have sold vehicles that don’t protect those inside, but they can be held responsible for resulting injuries through lawsuits.
- Lack of Crashworthiness – The U.S. has set standards that manufacturers must meet for their vehicles to be considered safe. When vehicle occupants suffer serious injuries because of a vehicle’s faulty design, they have the right to file a product liability claim.
- Sudden Acceleration – Sudden unintended acceleration causes thousands of crashes every year in the U.S. When sudden acceleration is the manufacturer’s fault, as in the case of high-profile lawsuits against Toyota and Lexus, they can be liable for the damages vehicle occupants experience.
- Defective Airbags – One of the most notorious examples of defective airbags involves a several year-long recall of Takata airbags. In that case, 67 million airbags were recalled for exploding when deployed, and numerous class action lawsuits were filed.
- Defective Tires – Defective tires have been the subject of many lawsuits, including legal action against Bridgestone, Michelin, and BF Goodrich.
- Heavy Truck Defects – Large commercial vehicles are extremely dangerous when they’re manufactured improperly or contain defective parts. When serious crashes happen, victims should take legal action to get compensation.
- Recalls – Many recalls only occur after consumers have been seriously injured or killed in crashes caused by defective vehicles or vehicle parts. If you’ve been involved in a crash and later discover that your vehicle has been recalled, you might have legal options available for compensation.
- Recreational Vehicles and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – When motorhomes and recreational vehicles (RVs) are poorly designed, they can lead to serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Talc-Related Ovarian Cancer
Talc powder has long been commonly used by women for hygiene purposes. Unfortunately, research has shown a link between talc and ovarian cancer. Talc is a natural mineral containing fine particles that can travel up to the ovaries. It has been shown to increases the risk of ovarian cancer from 2% to 33%.
Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, has known about the dangers of talcum powder for more than 40 years, yet failed to warn customers and continued to promote it for hygienic use near the genitals.
A class action suit is pending against Johnson & Johnson, but many women are filing separate lawsuits to cover damages that are not provided for under the class action suit. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you have a history of using talc powder, you may be eligible for damages.
E-Cigarette Fire and Explosion Injury
The fuel cells of e-cigarettes have been known to explode, causing severe chemical and combustion burns to the face and hands. In addition to burn injuries, e-cigarettes can result in serious lung injuries, seizures or convulsions, heart attacks, pneumonia, and addiction, among others. If this has happened to you, litigation is currently being prepared against manufacturers. Call us to hear your story and find out if you’re entitled to compensation.
While vaping was initially marketed as a safe alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, many users, including minors and young adults, are experiencing serious health issues as a result of vaping JUUL e-cigarettes. These complications include heart, lung, and brain damage, seizures, stroke, nicotine addiction, and an increased risk of switching to traditional cigarettes.
3M Defective Military Earplug
Partial or total hearing loss has occurred to numerous members of the military as a result of defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. The issue was that these were too short for proper usage. They gradually loosened in the user’s ears until they became useless. This company was aware of the design problems as early as 2,000, but they continued to be distributed to U.S. military members until 2015.
Paraquat Injury Lawsuits
The herbicide paraquat, also called paraquat dichloride, has been used in the U.S. since 1964. The weed killer is often used on plants that have become resistant to Roundup and other glyphosate-containing herbicides.
Paraquat has been linked with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease and conditions that closely mimic Parkinson’s disease. Workers who could be at greater risk of paraquat-related illness include:
- Agricultural workers
- Crop dusters
- Applicators of herbicides
- Those who mix chemicals
- Tank fillers
As public awareness of the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease increases, paraquat lawsuits have been growing against manufacturers of the weed killer, including major companies, such as Syngenta, Growmark, and Chevron Corporation.
Why File a Product Liability Lawsuit?
Manufacturers in the U.S. have a legal obligation to ensure their products are safe for consumers and that the products are clearly labeled with potential risks. If manufacturers fail to meet those standards, they can be held legally responsible for the costs of consumers’ injuries.
When you suffer harm from a dangerous or defective product, you have the right to file a product liability claim to recover all the costs you face because of that manufacturer’s negligence.
Through a product liability claim, you can receive compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain, suffering, and any other expenses you face because of the defect. Don’t pay the costs for your injuries when a manufacturer is to blame. Instead, take a stand and seek the help of an experienced product liability attorney.
How Does a Product Become Defective?
To prove that your injuries or illness was caused by a dangerously defective product, we need to dig into the “how” and “why” evidence. In particular, we want to ask what happened to make the product you were using dangerous and how could that have been prevented if the product manufacturer had been more careful?
We can establish that the product manufacturer was negligent in the duty they owe to all consumers to only sell safe final products, especially when those products are used as intended or instructed.
There are essentially three main ways that products can be considered defective:
- Design: When a product is dangerous the moment it is conceived, it is defective by design. The exploding Takata airbags that triggered the largest auto recall in history were defective by design because they were created with an unstable chemical reagent in the inflation device, a reaction that never should have been used in the first place.
- Manufacturing: When an error occurs between the point of product design and sale or shipping, the product can become defective by manufacturing. For example, if a batch of ladders were sold with a missing lock mechanism, then they would all be dangerous to use due to a mistake while they were being manufactured.
- Marketing: When the marketing or instructional material provided with a product is dangerously misleading, a product can become defective by marketing. For example, if a power tool was sold with no instruction manual, then it would be unreasonably difficult for someone to use it without putting themselves at risk of injury.
While proving when a product became defective might seem like a tall order for the average attorney, you should remember that Fieger Law in Michigan is comprised of above-average legal professionals. Together with our network of experts – like medical doctors, mechanical engineers, and more – we can build a strong argument and confidently aim to prove liability beyond a doubt.
Willing to Fight in Court or For a Settlement
Our Michigan product liability attorneys from Fieger Law are always ready for litigation in front of a judge and jury. However, product manufacturers commonly try to settle injury claims filed against them out of court because that allows them to keep all the details of the case out of public records, effectively shielding their brand from bad press.
We know how to use their nervousness to your advantage by pressing them for a maximized settlement amount during negotiations or mediation. If the settlement they offer is not enough based on how much you have suffered and the total amount of your medical bills and lost wages, then we will let you know and advise we move to litigate.
See the difference an award-winning, nationally recognized law firm can make for your product liability case. Call Fieger Law at (800) 294-6637 now.