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Defective Products Lawyer in Christian County, MO.

Defective Products Lawyer in Christian County, MO. If you or a loved one was hurt by a dangerous product, call a Burger law defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case review.

Imagine what you do every day: You may make coffee in a coffee maker in the morning, take allergy medication, go to school or work in your car, sit by a computer or work around machines, and/or use your android on and off throughout the day. You may drive go-carts on your free days. You may even have a prosthetic limb or other medical implant. It seems we're always using or surrounded by some sort of product that had to be designed, produced, shipped and bought. When there is an error in the stream of commerce and a product becomes defective, it can have a catastrophic impact on Christian County, MO individuals and families. If tragedy struck you, you need the accomplished and devoted legal services of Burger Law's defective products lawyer team to stand up to powerful corporations and secure you the maximum compensation you are owed.

In our 70 years of combined negotiation, litigation and trial experience, we have gotten our clients in Christian County and throughout Missouri more than $170 million. Talking to us is free, so there's no risk in letting us look over your claim. Call a defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT.

If you were harmed by a dangerous product in Christian County, MO, learn how much your claim may be worth by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.



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Christian County, MO Defective Products Statistics

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has found that faulty products cause in excess of 29 million injuries and 21,000 deaths every year.

According to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019 the mean average that juries awarded plaintiffs in product liability claims was over $7 million, while the median was $2 million. That shows the extreme destruction an unsafe product can cause.

If you or someone you know was injured by a dangerous product, call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO for passionate, committed and talented support and legal representation.

How Defective Products Claims Work in Christian County, MO

Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §537.760, you and your Christian County, MO defective products lawyer can file a "strict liability" suit if three factors are true:

  1. The defendant was part of the product's chain of distribution.
  2. The product was used in a way easily expected.
  3. Either or both of the following conditions:
    1. The product was in a defective condition that was unreasonably hazardous when you bought the product and your injuries are a direct result of that defect, and/or
    2. The manufacturer or distributor failed to warn on the products packaging of an inherently dangerous condition.

The "chain of distribution" refers to anyone that took part in the product coming to fruiting and hitting the shelves, from initial design to purchase, including the person or entity that sold you the product. According to Missouri Revised Statute §5537.762, a person or company whose sole connection to the case is that they were the vendor or distributor of the product may be dismissed from the claim if:

  • The manufacturer is known, still does business and can afford to compensate you for the entirety of your damages.
  • The vendor makes an affidavit under threat of perjury that they had nothing to do with the product beyond selling it.
  • There is no evidence is presented to the court that the distributor took part in any other facet of the stream of commerce.
  • The dismissal is requested to the judge no later than 60 days after the complaint is filed.

If the aforementioned conditions are met, the vendor would then be dismissed without prejudice, which means the dismissal is temporary at first. So, if later evidence proves that they were actually involved in the design or manufacture of the product, were otherwise at fault for the hazardous condition or the manufacturer is unable to reimburse you for all of the economic, physical and emotional hardships you sustained, your defective products lawyer at Burger Law would have them re-entered into the claim and ensure you get the great compensation that they owe you.

Missouri Revised Statute §537.764 has an exception for "state of the art products," where a dangerous condition could not be entirely understood before use by the public. This defense is only valid for failure to warn product liability claims, and it is up to the defense to prove that there is no way they could have known about the hazardous condition.

Strict Liability and Negligence in Defective Products Claims: What's the Difference?

The majority of personal injury lawsuits in Christian County, MO are based on the notion of negligence. We all owe each other a duty of care in certain situations; for example, trucking companies must not overwork their drivers. When someone fails in that responsibility, for example if if you are misdiagnosed because of substandard medical attention they might be found liable for your damages and would owe you compensation.

However, most product liability or defective products cases come down to strict liability, meaning that a designer, manufacturer or vendor is liable for any damage that stems from the reasonable use of a product, whether they were negligent or not. According to jury instruction revisions made by the Missouri Supreme Court, defendant's in a product liability case may be held to the strict liability standard if you and your Christian County, MO defective products lawyer can demonstrate that the product was "unreasonably dangerous" — meaning it is unsafe when used as intended or in a foreseeable way — when it left the manufacturer's or distributor's control.

Missouri classifies three different ways in which your defective products lawyer can argue a product was dangerous:

  1. Design Defect: A design defect is an innate flaw in the design that afterwards passes the defect to all of that product model that go on to be manufactured. An example is vehicles that have a tendency to roll over if the driver swerves quickly.
  2. Manufacturing Defects: This refers to a product that was safe in its design but became unsafe because of mistakes in the manufacturing process. This can either affect only one product, for example, one can of soda may have a bug in it, or all of them may contain potentially hazardous chemicals. An example could be bugs or other contaminants found in beverages or a swing set with a cracked chain.
  3. Failure to Warn of Known Risks or Dangers That Should Have Been Anticipated: This refers to a product made it through design and production safely but caused injury because it did not give adequate instructions or warnings about innate dangers. Examples include a drug that is sold without mentioning certain risks or side effects or not advising an appropriate age range for children if a toy or game is a choking hazard. The company that makes a product generally does not have to warn against obvious dangers. For instance, they do not have to warn you that a match could start a fire.

Strict liability is meant to hold corporations accountable and persuade them to implement exhaustive safety protocols for verifying that their products will not pose a danger to the public. Even so, too often corporations do not respect their obligation to make safe products and concentrate more on their bottoms line than ensuring their products will not injure anyone. In those cases, your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO will hold them accountable by conducting a full investigation of your case and insisting on nothing but complete compensation.

Comparative Negligence in Defective Productions Claims in Christian County, MO

Manufacturers, distributors and anyone else in the chain of distribution will often rely on the concept of comparative fault when building their defense. Missouri Revised Statute §537.765 allows for the defendants to posit that you are responsible for a portion of your injuries and, therefore, they are not obligated to reimburse you for the full extent of your damages. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 but finds you were 30 percent at fault for the accident, you will only receive $70,000. Often, claims of comparative fault are a disingenuous attempt a defendant makes to eschew their responsibility to pay you for the harm they have caused. Your Christian County, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law will not let them get away with it. Pursuant to the statute, the defense may argue you bear some or all of the fault if one or several of the following circumstances apply:

  • You did not use the product in a manner the manufacturer could foresee. A manufacturer or distributor is only has to make a product safe for ways that they can expect a consumer to use it. For example, electric razors are not specifically intended to be used in the shower, but they often are. If an electric razor is not water resistant and could lead to the user getting a shock, a warning needs to be included in the packaging. On the other hand, if you are injured playing catch with a power tool or other sharp object, you likely do not have a claim because the manufacture would not be expected to foresee that use of the product.
  • You used the product in a manner that was clearly against the manufacturer's intent. With this defense, Someone in the chain of distribution will not be able to entirely avoid fault but can considerably reduce it. Say you combine a certain medication with alcohol, producing negative side-effects or leading you to cause a car accident. A pharmaceutical company could reasonably see someone doing that, but will not be completely responsible because you were being reckless.
  • You knew of inherent risks of the product while you were using it. This is often called as "Assumption of the risk," a theory in tort claims wherein, if the injured party was aware of risks, the defendant is not responsible. For instance, if you were taking a prescription drug and experience negative side effects, the pharmaceutical company would not be liable if they warned of the risk and/or you were informed of it by your doctor.
  • You did not appreciate the dangers of a certain product or activity when a reasonable person clearly would have. For example, you were injured while snowmobiling at high speeds in a blizzard on icy surfaces. The defense could say that any reasonable person would have known that they could be seriously harmed doing such a thing.
  • You failed to take necessary safety precautions. Certain products come with safety instructions that the user has an obligation to follow to protect themselves. If you took more doses of a medication than the labeling or your doctor suggested, the defense can argue your injuries are your fault because you had not followed proper protocols.
  • You did not try to keep your damages to a minimum. In any personal injury claim, you are ethically bound to try to lessen the amount of compensation you are owed. For example, you cannot seek compensation for medical treatment for injuries that occurred before the accident you are making a claim for. The defense may say you have no right to ask them for money they do not owe you.

Just because the defense can — and will — work hard to persuade a jury that comparative negligence applies to your case, that does not mean you will definitely be blamed for part of the accident. Powerful corporations and insurance companies implement a lot of deceitful tactics to try and minimize your claim, but your Christian County, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law knows how to fight back against them. We know these large corporations are unfair and try to take advantage of people who have never had to make an injury claim before. Our defective products lawyer team takes claims on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid a moderate percentage of the financial recovery you collect, and we do not collect any attorney's fees until you get the great compensation you deserve. Get in touch with Burger Law immediately at (314) 500-HURT for legal advocacy that rivals and eclipses that of bullying manufacturers and vendors and insurance companies.

Defective Vehicle Parts Lawyer in Christian County, MO

Our defective products lawyer team sees in Christian County, MO sees more defective vehicles than any other product, both because of their ubiquity and because of how many components it takes to make them run. In 2019 alone, over 53.1 million individual cars and vehicle components were recalled in the United States. Defective car parts can cause collisions and fires, and lead to further injuries when the safety components to not work as they should. Common defective motor vehicle parts we see are:

  • Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Ignitions
  • Electrical wiring
  • Tires
  • Steering systems
  • Accelerators

Offroad vehicles like 4-wheelers can also cause injuries, for instance if a design defect gives them a heightened propensity to rolling over.

Your Burger Law defective products lawyer has extensive experience investigating car accident claims and injuries and will consult with experts to determine if your accident was the fault of a faulty vehicle component.

Defective Medical Devices Lawyer in Christian County, MO

We trust medical devices to enhance and extend our lives. But, sometimes they actually do the opposite and make our lives worse when they are defective. Common medical devices that your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO has seen cause further complications for patients include:

  • Artificial joints that can cause infections, limited mobility, chronic soreness or recurring dislocations
  • Pacemakers, which can cause infections or even wrongful death when they do not last as long as anticipated
  • Robotic surgical assistants designed to operate on parts of the body that are difficult for a surgeon to manually reach that, when faulty, can cause perforated organs, infections and electrical burns
  • Blood clot filters that permit free-floating blood clots to invade the lungs
  • Permanent birth control devices that can perforate organs, result in pelvic pain, excessive hemorrhaging and unplanned pregnancies

As the medical industry keeps implementing new technologies, medical device recalls have skyrocketed. In the first quarter of 2018, medical device recalls increased 126 percent, mostly as a result of problems with software.

In 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department stated that in the course of a decade Medicare paid out at least $1.5 billion to replace in excess of 73,000 faulty cardiovascular devices alone. We should not have to worry that these highly technological medical devices might cause us extensive pain instead of easing it. If a faulty medical device caused you injuries, your Christian County, MO defective injuries lawyer at Burger Law will fight for your right to be reimbursed when your trust was betrayed.

Earlier this year, Exactech, a manufacturer of joint replacements, issued an Exactech Polyethylene Knee Replacement Recall. Their knee replacements were improperly packaged and shipped, causing them to do not last nearly as long as they were intended to and have caused unthinkable pain and lifelong damage to possibly as many as 150,000 people who had received the replacement joint. When Burger Law was made aware of the defect by a client, we immediately got to work bringing them what peace of mind we could and continue to take on Exactech Knee Replacement cases. You can view the complaint we filed for our first client by clicking the button below:

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Defective Drug Lawyer in Christian County, MO

The Federal Drug Administration has stringent protocols for the testing, labeling, packaging and shipping of prescription drugs. However, the administration does not actually test drugs itself; rather, it relies on data from pharmaceutical companies' own testing to determine if a drug is safe for release to the public. That means that many drugs reach the market without an objective analysis of the potential drawbacks compared to the potential benefits. Too many corporations value their bottom line over the safety of the people who need medicine and treatments that truly help their condition. Currently, it is usually the pharmaceutical company's decision if they will recall a drug that has found to have dangerous side effects. One way to make sure dangerous prescriptions stay off the shelves: call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO to stand up for the vulnerable and let these corporations know that their behavior is intolerable.

Hundreds of thousands of prescriptions and medical devices are taken off the national market each year, and many of them have already been widely ingested and used. If you or someone you care about sustained injuries because of careless pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, contact a Burger Law defective products injury lawyer immediately. We protect the rights of the injured and vulnerable and make sure negligent corporations know how much damage they have caused. Burger Law has already successfully filed suits for families against opioid manufacturers so they can have feel sense of peace for the wrongful death of their loved one.

Other examples of defective products we collect compensation for our clients for in Christian County, MO include:

  • Children's toys
  • Chemicals such as week killer
  • Baby powder
  • Household appliances
  • Industrial machinery
  • Cell phone batteries
  • Cosmetic products

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Christian County, MO Defective Products Lawyer | Burger Law

Every Burger Law defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO knows that when manufacturers and sellers fail to make safe products it can completely disrupt your daily routine, your family and even your present and future financial security. That is why we endeavor to see the vulnerable in Christian County and throughout Missouri get fair compensation for all of their damages, not just what the product manufacturer or insurance company will tell you is acceptable to them. When you hire us, we do not hesitate to start working on wining you a financial recovery for all of your medical expenses and lost wages, in addition to the mental and physical toll your injury has inflicted on you and your Christian County, MO family. You do not have to go through this alone, and the big corporations do not have to win every time. Call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Christian County, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online to take the first step toward being made whole again.

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