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Defective Products Lawyer in Crystal City, MO.

Defective Products Lawyer in Crystal City, MO. If you or someone you care about was harmed by a dangerous product, get in touch with a Burger law defective products lawyer in Crystal City, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case evaluation.

Picture your daily routine: You may have put on some lotion or hair gel in the morning, take allergy medication, go to school or work on a bus, sit at in a chair or work around technology, and/or use your cell phone on and off throughout the day. You may go boating on the weekend. 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 has gone through various stages of design and production before it reaches the market. When there is an error in the stream of commerce and a product becomes dangerous, it can cause severe injuries to you and your Crystal City, MO family. When that happens to you, you need the knowledgeable and dedicated legal services of Burger Law's defective products lawyer team to fight on your behalf and get you the great compensation you are owed.

In our In our 30 years of experience standing up for fairness and justice, we have gotten our clients in Crystal City 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 Crystal City, MO now at (314) 500-HURT.

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Crystal City, MO Defective Products Statistics

The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that hazardous products account for over 29 million injuries and 21,000 fatalities each year.

According to data 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 incredible ruin that can be caused when manufacturers and distributors do not follow proper safety measures.

If you were one of the many people hurt by a hazardous product, call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crystal City, MO for empathetic, devoted and expert support and legal counsel.

How Defective Products Claims Work in Crystal City, MO

According to Missouri Revised Statute §537.760, you and your Crystal City, MO defective products lawyer can file a "strict liability" suit if three factors are met:

  1. The defendant was part of the product's design, manufacture, distribution and sale.
  2. You used the product in a manner rationally expected.
  3. Either or both of the following conditions:
    1. The product had a defective condition that was unreasonably hazardous when it left the manufacturer's or vendor's that caused you direct harm, and/or
    2. You were injured because there was a dangerous characteristic of the product and the labeling or instructions did not give adequate warning.

The "chain of distribution" refers to anyone that took part in the product coming to fruiting and going to the market, from initial design to purchase, including the person or entity that sold you the product. Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §5537.762, a person or company sold the product but were not involved in the design or manufacture of it may avoid liability if:

  • The manufacturer is known, still exists and is financially capable of compensating you for all of your injuries.
  • The entity that sold it signs an affidavit under threat of perjury that their only involvement in the chain of distribution was selling it.
  • No other party in the case presents evidence that the distributor took part in any other facet of the design and manufacturing process.
  • 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 decision to leave them out of the suit is not final. So, if later evidence proves that they had a larger role in the engineering of the product than they implied, were otherwise at fault for the defect or the manufacturer cannot compensate you for the entirety of your injuries, your defective products lawyer at Burger Law would have them re-entered into the lawsuit and ensure that every at-fault party is held responsible.

Missouri Revised Statute §537.764 mentions a caveat for "state of the art products," where a dangerous condition could not be completely understood before use by the consumer. This defense is only valid for failure to warn defective products claims, and the burden of proof is on the defense.

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

The majority of personal injury claims in Crystal City, MO are based on the notion of negligence. We all have an responsibility to each other's safety in certain situations; for example, drivers must drive in a way that's safe for other people on the Crystal City, MO roads. When someone fails in that responsibility, for example if you sustain a dog bite are because a dog owner didn't properly leash their dog they may be found liable for your damages and would be obligated to reimburse you for your injuries and other damages.

By contrast, most product liability or defective products cases come down to strict liability, meaning that anyone in the chain of distribution is at fault for any injuries a product causes, irrespective of negligence. 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 Crystal City, 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 affects all products with the same design. An example is an electric razor or hairdryer that can cause electric shocks.
  2. Manufacturing Defects: A product can be designed effectively and safely but still become dangerous because of a failure 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 leaving sharp edges on plastic or other materials.
  3. Failure to Warn of Known Dangers or Risks That Should Have Been Foreseen: This refers to a product that was designed and manufactured safely but caused injury because it did not give adequate instructions or warnings about inherent dangers. Examples include failing to warn that a hairdryer might cause an electric shock if it comes in contact with water 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 dangers that a reasonable person would foresee. For instance, they do not have to warn you that a match could start a fire.

Strict liability is intended to encourage corporations to implement thorough safety procedures for verifying the safety of their products. Even so, too often corporations do not respect their obligation to make safe products and try to focus more on their bottoms line than ensuring their products will not hurt anyone. In those cases, your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crystal City, MO will fight by your side and demand only a complete financial recovery.

Comparative Negligence in Defective Productions Claims in Crystal City, MO

A common defense for manufacturers in a defective products case is that you are liable for all or a percentage of your damages. Missouri Revised Statute §537.765 permits for the manufacturer or vendor to argue that you share a portion of your injuries and, therefore, they do not have to pay you your full financial recovery. For example, if a jury determines that you have $100,000 in damages but finds you were 30 percent liable for your injuries, your total compensation will only be $70,000. Often, claims of comparative fault are an erroneous attempt an entity involved in the chain of distribution makes to get out their duty to pay you for the harm they have caused. Your Crystal City, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law sees through that. The statute allows for the defense of comparative negligence if the following situations apply:

  • You did not use the product in a way the manufacturer could foresee. A manufacturer or vendor is only has to make a product safe for ways that they can expect the public 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 put wheels on a chair and are injured racing it down the street, 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 the manufacturer did not intend. With this defense, Someone in the chain of distribution will not be able to totally avoid fault but can significantly lower it. Suppose you crash a car while driving 40 miles per hour over the speed limit and the brakes do not work as well as they should. The manufacturer could reasonably foresee 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 principle 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 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 take necessary safety precautions. Putting adequate warnings and safety instructions on a product's packaging can often protect someone in the stream of commerce from liability. If you were using or around highly corrosive materials and neglected to wear protection for your eyes or gloves, the defense can argue your injuries are your fault because you had not obeyed recommended precautions.
  • You did not mitigate your damages. 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 refuse to return to work when you are healthy enough to do so. The defense may say you have no right to ask them for money they do not owe you.

Just because the manufacturer or distributor can — and will — work hard to persuade a jury that you share part of the blame, that does not mean the claim is automatically true. Powerful corporations and insurance companies implement a variety of dishonest ruses to try and minimize your claim, but your Crystal City, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law knows how to combat them. We know these companies are unfair and try to take advantage of people who have never had to file a lawsuit before. All you will ever owe is a contingency fee, which means we collect a moderate percentage of the compensation you collect, and we do not collect any attorney's fees until we win your case. Call Burger Law right away at (314) 500-HURT for legal advocacy that parallels and exceeds that of resistant manufacturers and sellers and insurance companies.

Defective Vehicle Parts Lawyer in Crystal City, MO

Our defective products lawyer team sees in Crystal City, MO sees more defective vehicles than any other product, both because of how many people use them and because of how many components are involved. In 2019 alone, over 53.1 million individual cars and vehicle components were recalled in the United States. Defective car parts can cause wrecks and fires, and lead to further injuries when the safety components to not work as they should. Common faulty motor vehicle parts we see are:

  • Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Ignitions
  • Electrical systems
  • Wheels
  • Door latches
  • Accelerators

Alternative vehicles like ATVs 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 Crystal City, MO

We trust medical devices to enhance and extend our lives. But, sometimes they actually do the opposite and make our lives worse when not manufactured, shipped or implanted correctly. Common medical devices that your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crystal City, MO has seen cause further complications for patients are:

  • Artificial hips, knees or other joints that can result in infections, limited mobility, pain or frequent dislocations
  • Pacemakers, which can result in infections or even wrongful death when they do not last as long as expected
  • Surgical robots intended to operate on hard to reach areas which, when faulty, can lead to punctured organs, infections and electrical burns
  • Blood clot filters that allow free-floating blood clots to invade the lungs
  • Permanent birth control devices that can perforate organs, lead to pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and unwanted pregnancies

As the medical industry becomes more technologically advanced, medical device recalls have skyrocketed. In the first quarter of 2018, medical device recalls rose by 126 percent, mostly due to defects in software.

In 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department stated that in the course of 10 years Medicare spent at least $1.5 billion to replace in excess of 73,000 faulty cardiovascular devices alone. Medical devices should help alleviate pain and lengthen our lifespans, not cause further damage. If a defective medical device caused you damages, your Crystal City, MO defective injuries lawyer at Burger Law will hold the responsible parties accountable and make sure you get a full financial recovery for all of the unnecessary pain you experienced.

In February 2022, Exactech, a manufacturer of joint replacements, issued an Exactech Polyethylene Knee Replacement Recall. Their knee replacements were negligently packaged and shipped, causing them to do not last nearly as long as they were designed to and have caused unthinkable pain and permanent damage to potentially as many as 150,000 patients 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 are taking on more Exactech Knee Replacement cases to this day. You can read the complaint we filed for our first client by clicking the button below:

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Defective Drug Lawyer in Crystal City, MO

The Federal Drug Administration has stringent protocols for the testing, labeling, packaging and shipping of prescription drugs. However, the administration uses data from the pharmaceutical companies themselves when deciding whether or not to allow the drug to hit the shelves. 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 put profit over the safety of the people who need medicine and treatments that truly help their condition. Currently, recalling a drug is largely voluntary. One way to make sure dangerous prescriptions stay off the shelves: call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crystal City, MO to stand up to these bullying corporations and make them realize that their behavior is deplorable.

Hundreds of thousands of prescriptions and medical devices are taken off the national market each year, and that is often after many people have already turned to them for treatment and relief. If you or a family member had your condition deteriorate because of reckless pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, reach out to a Burger Law defective products injury lawyer now. We fight hard to see justice served by securing you compensation and holding negligent corporations liable. Burger Law has already held opioid manufacturers accountable when their actions have taken someone from this world too soon.

Other examples of dangerous products we file suit for in Crystal City, 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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Crystal City, MO Defective Products Lawyer | Burger Law

Every Burger Law defective products lawyer in Crystal City, MO knows that being hurt by a hazardous product can completely disrupt your life. That is why we endeavor to see the vulnerable in Crystal City and throughout Missouri be compensated for all of their damages, not just what the product manufacturer or insurance company wants to pay. When you hire us, we do not hesitate to start working on wining you a financial recovery for all of your medical costs and lost wages, as well as the emotional and physical toll your injury has taken on you and your Crystal City, 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 Crystal City, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online to take the first step toward a true recovery.

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