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Defective Products Lawyer in Dexter, MO.

Defective Products Lawyer in Dexter, MO. If you or someone you care about sustained an injury because of a dangerous product, get in touch with a Burger law defective products lawyer in Dexter, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case review.

Think of your daily routine: You may have a skincare routine or put on some hair gel in the morning, take a prescription, go to school or work in your vehicle, sit by a computer or work around heavy machinery, and/or use your android throughout the day. You may use lawnmowers on your days off. You may even have a prosthetic limb 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 market. When there is a breakdown in that process and a product becomes hazardous, it can have a ruinous effect on Dexter, MO individuals and families. If tragedy struck you, you need the skilled and committed legal representation of Burger Law's defective products lawyer team to stand in your corner and get you the full compensation you deserve.

In our In our three decades of experience standing up for fairness and justice, we have secured our clients in Dexter and beyond over $170 million. Our initial case reviews are no-cost, no-obligation, so there's no reason not to reach out. Get in touch with a defective products lawyer in Dexter, MO today at (314) 500-HURT.

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How Common Are Defective Products in Dexter, MO?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that defective products account for in excess of 29 million injuries and 21,000 deaths annually.

According to facts 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 hurt by a faulty product, call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Dexter, MO for empathetic, dedicated and talented support and legal counsel.

How Defective Products Claims Work in Dexter, MO

Under Missouri Revised Statute §537.760, you and your Dexter, MO defective products lawyer can can hold a person or corporation at fault for your injuries if three factors are true:

  1. The corporation was part of the product's chain of distribution.
  2. The product was used in a way rationally anticipated.
  3. Either or both of the following conditions:
    1. The product was in a defective condition that was unreasonably dangerous 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 hazardous condition.

The "chain of distribution" refers to anyone involved in the product from initial design to sale, including the person or entity you bought the product from. According to Missouri Revised Statute §5537.762, an entity sold the product but were not involved in the design or manufacture of it can avoid liability if:

  • You discover who the manufacturer is, it still does business and is financially capable of compensating you for the entirety of your injuries.
  • The entity that sold it makes an affidavit under threat of perjury that their only involvement in the stream of commerce was selling it.
  • There is no evidence is presented to the court that the vendor was involved in any other facet of the design and manufacturing process.
  • The motion to dismiss is filed no later than 60 days after the complaint is filed.

If those conditions are fulfilled, 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 production of the product than they led on, were otherwise responsible for the hazardous condition or the manufacturer cannot reimburse you for the entirety of your injuries, your defective products lawyer at Burger Law would then be able to call them back to court and ensure that every at-fault party is held accountable.

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 public. This defense will only work for for failure to warn product liability cases, and the burden of proof is on the defense.

Negligence vs. Strict Liability in Defective Products Cases

The majority of personal injury suits in Dexter, MO are determined by the conception of negligence. We all owe each other a duty of care in certain situations; for example, Dexter, MO dog owners must always have control of their dog. When someone is negligent, for instance if sustain an injury because you were hit by a distracted driver they may be found liable for your damages and would have to pay you a financial recovery.

However, most product liability or hazardous products cases come down to strict liability, meaning that a designer, manufacturer or vendor is accountable 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 Dexter, 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 — at the moment that it came into your possession.

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 subsequently passes the imperfection to all products with the same design. 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 only make one product faulty, 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 a tainted batch of something intended for drinking containing a poisonous substance.
  3. Failure to Warn of Known Risks or Dangers That Should Have Been Anticipated: This occurs when the product was not defective through design or manufacture, but instead when the manufacturer did not include correct and clear instructions or when there is a hazard that could come about from normal use of the product. Examples include failing to warn that a hairdryer might cause an electric shock if it comes in contact with water or not advising an appropriate age range for children if a toy or game is a choking hazard. A manufacturer generally does not have to warn against obvious risks. For example, they do not have to warn you that a chainsaw can cut you.

Strict liability is intended to hold corporations accountable and persuade them to implement exhaustive safety protocols for guaranteeing that their products will not put the people who use it at risk. However, too often corporations do not value our safety and concentrate more on their bottoms line than ensuring their products will not hurt anyone. In those cases, your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Dexter, MO will hold them responsible by conducting a full investigation of your case and insisting on nothing but maximum compensation.

Comparative Negligence in Defective Productions Claims in Dexter, MO

Manufacturers, vendors and anyone else in the stream of commerce will often rely on the concept of comparative fault when creating their defense. Missouri Revised Statute §537.765 allows for the manufacturer or vendor to argue that you are liable for a portion of your injuries and, therefore, they are not liable for the full extent of your damages. For example, if a jury determines that you have $100,000 in damages but finds you were 30 percent liable for the accident, your total compensation will only be $70,000. Often, claims of comparative fault are an erroneous attempt a defendant makes to get out their obligation to pay you for the harm they have caused. Your Dexter, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law will not let them get away with it. Pursuant to the statute, the defense may argue you shoulder some or all of the fault if one or several of the following circumstances are relevant in your case:

  • 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 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 use a loaded shotgun to prop a door open and it misfires, you likely do not have a claim because the manufacture would not reasonably 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 totally avoid liability but can significantly reduce it. Say you combine a certain medication with alcohol, producing negative side-effects or leading you to cause a motor vehicle collision. 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 a plaintiff knowingly enters into a dangerous activity, 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 did not appreciate the dangers of a certain product or activity when a reasonable person clearly would have. For example, you modify a chainsaw or other tool to remove certain guards or safety measures. The defense could say that any reasonable person would have known that they could be seriously harmed doing such a thing.
  • You did not 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 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 adhered to proper protocols.
  • You did not mitigate your damages. In any personal injury claim, you are ethically bound to try to lessen the financial recovery you are owed. For example, you cannot seek compensation for medical treatment for injuries that have nothing to do with. 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 people in the chain of distribution can — and will — try to convince the court that you share part of the blame, that does not mean the claim is automatically true. Large corporations and insurance companies employ myriad tricks to try and devalue your claim, but your Dexter, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law knows how to combat them. We know these large corporations will try everything to avoid paying you 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 our only fee is a moderate percentage of the financial recovery you receive, and you owe us nothing until you get the great compensation you deserve. Call Burger Law right away at (314) 500-HURT for legal counsel that matches and surpasses that of resistant manufacturers and distributors and insurance companies.

Defective Vehicle Parts Lawyer in Dexter, MO

Our defective products lawyer team sees in Dexter, 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, over 53.1 million recalls were issued both for entire vehicles and individual components. Defective car parts can result in accident and fires, and fail to protect drivers and passengers from harm as intended. Common faulty automobile components we see are:

  • Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Ignitions
  • Electrical wiring
  • Wheels
  • Steering systems
  • Headlights and taillights

Offroad 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 Dexter, MO

We need medical devices to enhance and extend our lives. But, sometimes they can do the opposite and cause us even more complications when they are defective. Common medical devices that your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Dexter, MO has seen cause further injuries to patients include:

  • Artificial joints that can cause infections, instability, chronic soreness or recurring dislocations
  • Pacemakers, which can cause infections or even wrongful death when they do not last as long as expected
  • Surgical robots designed to operate on parts of the body that are difficult for a surgeon to manually reach that, when defective, can lead to punctured organs, infections and internal burns
  • Blood clot filters that do not sufficiently protect the lungs from dislodged blood clots
  • Permanent birth control devices that can puncture organs, cause pain in the pelvic region, excessive bleeding and unplanned pregnancies

As the medical industry becomes more high-tech, medical device recalls have increased exponentially. In the first three months of 2018, medical device recalls rose by 126 percent, with software issues being the leading factor.

In 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department found that over 10 years Medicare spent at least $1.5 billion to replace over 73,000 defective cardiovascular devices alone. We should not have to worry that these highly advanced medical devices might cause us immense pain instead of improving our lives. If a flawed medical device caused you injuries, your Dexter, MO defective injuries lawyer at Burger Law will hold the at-fault parties accountable and make sure you collect a full financial recovery for all of the unneeded pain you experienced.

In February 2022, Exactech, a manufacturer of joint replacements, was forced to recall several models of their Polyethylene Knee Replacements. Because of mistakes in their packaging and shipping process, the replacements deteriorate sooner than anticipated and have caused unthinkable pain and permanent damage to potentially as many as 150,000 people who had the replacement joint implanted. 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 button below:

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Defective Drug Lawyer in Dexter, MO

The Federal Drug Administration has strict procedures that pharmaceutical companies must obey from manufacturing to delivery. 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. With no absolute independent testing many prescriptions reach the market whose potential side effects greatly outweigh their 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, 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 Dexter, MO to stand up for the vulnerable and let these corporations know that their behavior is deplorable.

Four thousand five hundred medications and medical devices are taken off the national market annually, and many of them have already been widely ingested and used. If you or a loved one had your condition worsen because of irresponsible pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, call 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 held opioid manufacturers accountable when their negligence has taken someone from this world too soon.

Other examples of dangerous products we see in Dexter, MO include:

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

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Dexter, MO Defective Products Lawyer | Burger Law

Every Burger Law defective products lawyer in Dexter, MO knows that being harmed by a faulty product can completely upend your life. That is why we strive to see the injured in Dexter and throughout Missouri collect 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 immediately start working on delivering you a financial recovery for all of your medical bills and lost wages, in addition to the mental and physical toll your injury has taken on you and your Dexter, MO family. We will stand by your side the entire away and never allow a powerful corporation think that they are going to win every time. Call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Dexter, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online to take the first step toward true healing.

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