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Defective Products Lawyer in Crawford County, MO.

Defective Products Lawyer in Crawford County, MO. If you or someone you love was injured by a dangerous product, call a Burger law defective products lawyer in Crawford County, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free consultation.

Think of what your daily like looks like: You may make coffee in a coffee maker in the morning, take a prescription, go to school or work on a bus, sit by a computer or work around technology, and/or use your iPhone throughout the day. You may use lawnmowers on your free days. You may even have a joint replacement or other medical device. It seems we're always using or surrounded by some sort of technology that has gone through various stages of design and production before it reaches the shelves. When there is an error in the chain of distribution and a product becomes hazardous, it can cause serious harm to you and your Crawford County, MO family. When that happens to you, you need the experienced and committed legal services of Burger Law's defective products lawyer team to stand in your corner and get you the best possible financial recovery you deserve.

In our In our 30 years of experience standing up for the rights of the injured and vulnerable, we have won our clients in Crawford County and throughout Missouri in excess of $170 million. Talking to us is free, so there's no risk in having us look over your claim. Get in touch with a defective products lawyer in Crawford County, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

If you were hurt by a faulty product in Crawford County, MO, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.



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Crawford County, MO Defective Products Statistics

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has found that hazardous products cause over 29 million injuries and 21,000 deaths annually.

According to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019 the mean average that people injured by hazardous products recovered was over $7 million in product liability cases that went to trial, while the median was $2 million. That shows the unbelievable destruction an unsafe product can cause.

If you or someone you know was harmed by a hazardous product, call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crawford County, MO for passionate, devoted and knowledgeable support and legal representation.

How Defective Products Claims Work in Crawford County, MO

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

  1. The corporation was part of the product's chain of distribution.
  2. You used the product in a manner rationally foreseen.
  3. Either or both of the following conditions:
    1. The product was in a faulty condition that was unreasonably hazardous when the product was sold and your injuries are a direct result of that defect, and/or
    2. Your injuries stemmed from a hazardous condition inherent in the product that was not warned of in the labeling or instructions.

The "chain of distribution" refers to anyone involved in the product 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 who had nothing to do with the product beyond selling it can avoid liability if:

  • The manufacturer is known, has not closed their business and can afford to compensate you for all of your injuries.
  • The distributor makes an affidavit under threat of perjury that their only involvement in the process was selling it.
  • No other party in the case puts forward evidence that the vendor took part in any other part of the design and manufacturing process.
  • The motion to dismiss is filed no later than 60 days after the complaint is filed.

If the above conditions are met, the seller would then be dismissed without prejudice, which means the decision to leave them out of the suit is not final. So, if later evidence demonstrates that they had a larger role in the production of the product than they implied, were otherwise responsible for the fault or the manufacturer is unable to reimburse you for all of your injuries, your defective products lawyer at Burger Law would have them re-entered into the claim and ensure that every at-fault party is held accountable.

Missouri Revised Statute §537.764 provides one defense for "state of the art products," where a hazardous condition could not be entirely understood before use by the consumer. This defense is only valid for inadequate warning defective products claims, and the burden of proof is on the defense.

The Difference Between Strict Liability and Negligence in Defective Products Cases

Most personal injury suits in Crawford County, MO are decided by the conception of negligence. We all have an obligation to each other's safety in certain situations; for example, property owners and managers must make sure their premises is reasonably safe so no one sustains a slip and fall. When someone is negligent, for instance if you sustain a dog bite are because a dog owner didn't properly leash their dog they may be found accountable for your damages and would owe you a financial recovery.

However, most product liability or dangerous products claims are strict liability claims, meaning that anyone in the chain of distribution is at fault for any damage a product causes, 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 Crawford 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 inherent defect in the design that subsequently passes the defect to all of that product model that go on to be manufactured. An example is a piece of clothing that is easily flammable.
  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, i.e. a single vehicle, or several or all of them, as in an entire line of the same model vehicle. An example could be incorrectly installing wires or electrical components or using the wrong kind of screws or bolts.
  3. Insufficient Warnings and Instructions: This occurs when the product was not dangerous through design or manufacture, but instead when the manufacturer did not include correct and clear instructions or when there is a danger that could arise from normal use of the product. Examples include a drug that is sold without mentioning certain risks or side effects or food packaging that does not mention all the ingredients and causes an allergic reaction. The company that makes a product typically does not have to warn against obvious dangers. For example, 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 thorough safety protocols for ensuring that their products will not pose a danger to the public. However, too often companies are negligent and spend more energy on their bottoms line than ensuring their products will not hurt anyone. In those cases, your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crawford County, MO will hold them accountable by conducting a full investigation of your case and insisting on only the best possible compensation.

Comparative Negligence in Defective Productions Claims in Crawford County, MO

Manufacturers, vendors and anyone else in the stream of commerce will often rely on the concept of comparative negligence when creating their defense. Missouri Revised Statute §537.765 permits for the defendants to argue that you share a portion of your injuries and, therefore, they are not obligated to reimburse you for your full financial recovery. For example, if a jury determines that you have $100,000 in damages but finds you were 30 percent at fault for the accident, you will only receive $70,000. Often, comparative negligence arguments are a deceitful attempt a defendant makes to avoid their obligation to reimburse you for the damage their product did to you. Your Crawford County, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law sees through that. The statute allows for the defense of comparative fault if the following situations apply:

  • You did not use the product in a manner the manufacturer could foresee. A manufacturer or seller 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. By contrast, if you use a loaded gun to prop a door open and it misfires, you likely do not have a claim because the manufacture would not be expected to foresee that happening.
  • You used the product in a manner the manufacturer did not intend. With this defense, the defendant will likely not be able to avoid liability altogether, but can significantly lower it but can significantly diminish it. Say you combine a certain medication with alcohol, producing negative side-effects or leading you to cause a motor vehicle wreck. A pharmaceutical company could reasonably see someone doing that, but will not be completely responsible because you were being reckless.
  • You used the product while aware of a reasonable level of danger associated with the use. This is often referred to 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 using a chainsaw and hurt yourself when you lost control, the defendants could say you knew it was dangerous to use a chainsaw.
  • You displayed an unreasonable failure to appreciate the danger that a product's specific use could cause. For example, you make custom modification to your car's engine despite not being a mechanic. The defense could argue that the risk of doing so was obvious, and you should have known how dangerous it was.
  • You failed to follow safety guidelines. Putting adequate warnings and safety instructions on a product's labeling can often protect someone in the stream of commerce from liability. If you took more doses of a medication than the labeling or your doctor suggested, the defense can argue your injuries would have been avoided had you obeyed recommended precautions.
  • You did not try to keep your damages to a minimum. In any personal injury claim, you are ethically bound to try to keep your damages as low as you reasonable can. For example, you cannot seek unnecessary medical treatment. The defense may say they do not owe you for a portion of your damages because they are unnecessary or not relevant to the case.

Just because the defense can — and will — work hard to persuade a jury that comparative negligence applies to your injuries, that does not mean you will definitely be blamed for part of the accident. Large corporations and insurance companies implement a lot of deceitful tactics to try and minimize your claim, but your Crawford County, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law knows how to effectively counterattack. We know these companies are unfair and try to take advantage of people who do not have the same resources. All you will ever owe is a contingency fee, which means we get paid a moderate percentage of the compensation you get, and we do not collect any attorney's fees until we win your case. Get in touch with Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT for legal advocacy that parallels and eclipses that of bullying manufacturers and vendors and insurance adjusters.

Defective Vehicle Parts Lawyer in Crawford County, MO

Our defective products lawyer team sees in Crawford County, MO sees more defective vehicles than any other product, both because of how many people use them and because of how many components it takes to make them run. In 2019 alone, in excess of 53.1 million individual cars and vehicle components were recalled in the United States. Defective car parts can result in crashes and fires, and fail to protect drivers and passengers from harm as intended. Common defective motor vehicle parts we see are:

  • Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Ignitions
  • Windshield wipers
  • Wheels
  • Steering systems
  • Accelerators

Alternative vehicles like 4-wheelers can also cause harm, for instance many of them are prone to flipping 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 Crawford County, MO

Medical devices are meant to make our lives better and allow us to live the life we want. But, sometimes they actually do the opposite and cause us further injuries when not manufactured, shipped or installed correctly. Examples of medical devices that your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crawford County, MO has seen be defective include:

  • Artificial hips, knees or other joints that can result in infections, limited mobility, chronic soreness or repeated dislocations
  • Pacemakers, which can result in infections or even wrongful death when they do not last as long as anticipated
  • Robotic surgical assistants intended to operate on hard to reach areas which, when they malfunction, can cause perforated organs, infections and internal burns
  • Blood clot filters that do not sufficiently protect the lungs from dislodged blood clots
  • Permanent birth control implements that can pierce organs, cause pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and unintended pregnancies

As the medical industry keeps implementing new technologies, the numbers of recalls issued for medical devices has skyrocketed. In the first quarter of 2018, medical device recalls increased 126 percent, mostly as a result of issues with software.

In 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department reported that in the course of 10 years Medicare spent at least $1.5 billion to replace more than 73,000 faulty heart devices alone. Medical devices should help ease pain and lengthen our lifespans, not cause further damage. If a flawed medical device ended up worsening your condition, your Crawford County, MO defective injuries lawyer at Burger Law will fight for your right to be reimbursed when your trust was betrayed.

In February 2022, Exactech, a manufacturer of joint replacements, had to recall several models of their Polyethylene Knee Replacements. Their knee replacements were improperly packaged and shipped, causing them to degrade too quickly and have caused incredible pain and lifelong damage to possibly as many as 150,000 people who were depending on the replacement joint to return their mobility. 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 read our original complaint by clicking the link below:

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Defective Drug Lawyer in Crawford County, MO

The Federal Drug Administration has stringent protocols that pharmaceutical companies must obey from manufacturing to sale. However, the administration uses data from the pharmaceutical companies themselves when deciding whether or not to allow the drug to hit the market. That means that many medications reach the shelves without an objective analysis of the potential drawbacks compared to the potential benefits. Too many pharmaceutical companies care more about the money they make more than the safety of the people they are supposed to be helping. 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 Crawford County, MO to stand up for the vulnerable and let these corporations know that their conduct is intolerable.

Four thousand five hundred drugs and medical devices are recalled in the U.S. each year, and that is often after many people have already turned to them for treatment and relief. If you or a family member received injuries because of careless pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, contact a Burger Law defective products injury lawyer as soon as possible. We protect the rights of the injured and vulnerable and make sure negligent corporations know how much damage has been inflicted because of their actions. Burger Law has already successfully filed suits for families against opioid manufacturers so they can have some sense of justice for the wrongful death of their loved one.

Other examples of defective products we file suit for in Crawford County, MO include:

  • Children's toys
  • Chemicals such as cleaning products
  • Baby powder
  • Household appliances
  • Industrial equipment
  • Cell phone batteries
  • Cosmetic products

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Crawford County, MO Defective Products Lawyer | Burger Law

Every Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crawford County, MO knows that being hurt by a hazardous product can completely disrupt your life. That is why we endeavor to see the injured in Crawford County and throughout Missouri receive fair compensation for all of their damages, not just what the product manufacturer or insurance company wants to pay. When you hire us, we immediately start working on delivering you a financial recovery for all of your medical expenses and lost wages, in addition to the emotional and physical hardships your injury has taken on you and your Crawford 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 Crawford County, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online to start on your journey to being made whole again.

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