Product Liability

As members of the consuming public we have an expectation that the products we purchase and consume are safe and reliable.

Unfortunately, corporate irresponsibility and under-funded government agencies sometimes permit defective products to enter the stream of commerce. The consequences to a consumer injured by use of a defective product are oftentimes catastrophic.

The attorneys at Heninger Garrison Davis have handled products liability cases stemming from a range of defective products including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, airplanes, automobiles and trailers.

The law allows consumers to seek compensation for several types of wrongdoing on the part of the manufacturer, wholesaler or seller such as:
• Negligence
• Design defects
• Manufacturing defects
• Lack of proper warning or instruction
• And unreasonably dangerous conditions of the product

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost more than $700 billion each year. We help ensure that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.
A large number of the product liability claims we investigate arise out of motor vehicle collisions of single vehicle accidents. During our investigations, we have seen many single vehicle accidents that were caused by a design defect or mechanical problem. Vehicle accidents where the occupant received injuries disproportionate to the severity of the accident are often triggered by a defect.

Defective automobile design can be a major contributing factor to the extent of injuries sustained during a crash. It is the duty of the automobile manufacturers to make their vehicles “crashworthy.” Many times, manufacturers are found to have put money ahead of safety and thereby putting the passengers at an increased risk of injury or even death.

Heninger Garrison Davis has successfully handled cases involving the following types of vehicle defects:
• Missing rear seat lap shoulder belts
• Vehicle instability
• Defective steering components
• Defective seatbelts braking mechanisms
• Defective air bags deployment design
• Defective fuel tanks or placement
• Defective roof crush resistance
• Defective brakes

Automotive design, bio-mechanics, and accident reconstruction are among the many technical issues involved in cases of this type. Heninger Garrison Davis has successfully litigated and resolved numerous “crashworthiness” cases involving various automotive defects including vehicle rollover, occupant protection, and fuel system integrity.

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