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Defective Products Lawyer in Harrisonville, MO.

Defective Products Lawyer in Harrisonville, MO. If you or someone you care about was injured by a dangerous product, reach out to a Burger law defective products lawyer in Harrisonville, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary consultation.

Think of your daily routine: You may make coffee in a coffee maker 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 on and off throughout the day. You may use lawnmowers 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 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 have a devastating effect on Harrisonville, MO individuals and families. If tragedy struck you, you need the accomplished and committed legal representation of Burger Law's defective products lawyer team to fight on your behalf and win you the best possible compensation you deserve.

In our In our three decades of experience standing up for the rights of the injured and vulnerable, we have delivered our clients in Harrisonville and throughout Missouri in excess of $170 million. Talking to us is free, so there's no reason to wait. Get in touch with a defective products lawyer in Harrisonville, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

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Harrisonville, MO Defective Products Statistics

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that dangerous products result in over 29 million injuries and 21,000 deaths each year.

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 speaks to the unbelievable devastation that can be caused when manufacturers and distributors do not obey adequate safety protocols.

If you were one of the many people hurt by a hazardous product, call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Harrisonville, MO for understanding, committed and experienced support and legal representation.

How Defective Products Claims Work in Harrisonville, MO

According to Missouri Revised Statute §537.760, you and your Harrisonville, MO defective products lawyer can make a "strict liability" claim if three conditions are true:

  1. The person was part of the product's design, manufacture, distribution and sale.
  2. The product was used in a manner logically anticipated.
  3. One or both of the following:
    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. 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 involved in the product from initial conception to sale, including a distributor or vendor. Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §5537.762, someone sold the product but were not involved in the design or manufacture of it can be dismissed from the suit if:

  • You discover who the manufacturer is, it has not closed their business and is financially capable of reimbursing you for the entirety of your damages.
  • The seller signs an affidavit under oath that they had nothing to do with the product beyond selling it.
  • No other party in the case puts forward evidence that the vendor was involved in any other facet of the design and manufacturing process.
  • The dismissal is requested to the judge within 60 days.

If the above conditions are met, the distributor 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 liable for the defect or the manufacturer is unable to compensate you for the entirety 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 financial recovery you are owed.

Missouri Revised Statute §537.764 provides one defense for "state of the art products," meaning that a dangerous aspect of the product was not known and could not be discovered when the product was introduced to the public. This defense is only valid for failure to warn defective products cases, and the burden of proof is on the defense.

The Difference Between Strict Liability and Negligence in Defective Products Cases

The majority of personal injury lawsuits in Harrisonville, MO are determined by the concept of negligence. We all have a duty to each other's safety in certain situations; for example, doctors must treat their Harrisonville, MO patients with a standard of care. When someone is negligent, for example if if there a loose floor boards at a restaurant that cause you to fall they might be held responsible for your damages and would owe you compensation.

However, most product liability or dangerous products cases are strict liability claims, meaning that anyone in the chain of distribution is at fault for any injuries that results the reasonable use of a product, 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 Harrisonville, 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 defect in the design that afterwards passes the fault 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 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 dangerous chemicals. An example could be bugs or other contaminants found in beverages or not properly fastening components to each other.
  3. Insufficient Warnings and Instructions: This refers to a product that was designed and manufactured 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 cleaning solutions that do not mention corrosive chemicals they contain on the label. The company that makes a product generally does not have to warn against obvious risks. For example, they do not have to warn you that a match could start a fire.

Strict liability is intended to hold corporations accountable and persuade them to implement comprehensive safety procedures for guaranteeing that their products will not put the people who use it at risk. However, too often companies do not value our safety and concentrate more on cutting costs than ensuring their products will not injure anyone. In those cases, your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Harrisonville, MO will hold them accountable by conducting a full investigation of your case and demanding only the best possible compensation.

Comparative Negligence in Defective Productions Claims in Harrisonville, MO

An oft-used defense for manufacturers in a dangerous product case is that you are responsible for all or a portion of your damages. Missouri Revised Statute §537.765 permits for the defendants to argue that you are liable for a portion of the fault and, therefore, they are not liable for the full extent of your damages. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 but finds you were 30 percent liable for the accident, you will only receive $70,000. Often, claims of comparative fault are a dishonest attempt a manufacturer makes to avoid their responsibility to pay you for the damage their product did to you. Your Harrisonville, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law has seen that defense and successfully fought against it many times. 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 vendor is only has to make a product safe for ways that they can expect the public to use it. For example, certain creams or lotions are not intended to be used on your face, but many people will use them there anyway. If the product could hurt your eyes if rubbed on your face, the manufacturer needs to provide instructions specifically not to apply it to your face. 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 reasonably foresee that use of the product.
  • You used the product in a way the manufacturer did not intend. With this defense, the defendant will likely not be able to avoid liability altogether, but can considerably diminish it but can considerably reduce it. Say you combine a certain medication with alcohol, producing negative side-effects or leading you to cause a car 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 called as "Assumption of the risk," a theory in tort claims whereby, 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 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 would have been avoided had you obeyed proper protocols.
  • You did not try to keep your damages to a minimum. In any personal injury claim, you have a duty to try to keep your damages as low as you reasonable can. 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 manufacturer or vendor can — and will — work hard to persuade a jury that comparative fault applies to your claim, that does not mean the claim is automatically true. Powerful corporations and insurance companies employ a lot of tricks to try and lower your claim, but your Harrisonville, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law knows how to combat them. We know these companies have a lot of money to throw at their defense and try to take advantage of people who have never had to make an injury claim before. Our defective products lawyer team works on a contingency fee basis, which means we collect a moderate percentage of the compensation you are awarded, and you owe us nothing until we win your case. Get in touch with Burger Law immediately at (314) 500-HURT for legal counsel that parallels and eclipses that of bullying corporations and insurance companies.

Defective Vehicle Parts Lawyer in Harrisonville, MO

Defective vehicles are the most common type of product liability that our defective products lawyer team sees in Harrisonville, MO. In 2019 alone, over 53.1 million recalls were issued both for entire vehicles and individual parts. Defective car parts can cause wrecks and fires, and fail to protect occupants from harm as intended. Common faulty automobile components we see are:

  • Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Fuel systems
  • Electrical wires
  • Tires
  • Steering systems
  • Headlights and taillights

Offroad vehicles like ATVs can also cause injuries, 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 Harrisonville, MO

Medical devices are meant to improve the lives of the people who need them. But, sometimes they can do the opposite and make our lives worse when not manufactured, shipped or installed correctly. Examples of medical devices that your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Harrisonville, MO has seen be defective are:

  • Artificial joints that can lead to infections, instability, pain or frequent dislocations
  • Cardiovascular devises, which can lead to infections or even wrongful death when they do not last as long as expected
  • Robotic surgical assistants intended to operate on hard to reach areas which, when faulty, can lead to pierced organs, infections and internal burns
  • Blood clot filters that allow dislodged blood clots to slip into the lungs
  • Permanent birth control devices that can pierce organs, cause pain in the pelvic region, excessive hemorrhaging and unwanted pregnancies

As the medical industry keeps implementing new technologies, the amount of recalls issued for medical devices has skyrocketed. 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 stated that in the course of 10 years Medicare paid out at least $1.5 billion to replace more than 73,000 flawed cardiovascular devices alone. We should not have to worry that these highly technological medical devices might cause us extensive pain instead of improving our lives. If a faulty medical device caused you damages, your Harrisonville, MO defective injuries lawyer at Burger Law will hold the liable parties accountable and make sure you receive a full financial recovery for all of the unnecessary pain you experienced.

In February of this year, Exactech, a company that manufactures implants and joint replacements, was forced to recall several models of their Polyethylene Knee Replacements. Their knee replacements were improperly packaged and shipped, causing them to deteriorate sooner than anticipated and have caused incredible pain and lifelong damage to potentially as many as 150,000 patients who had received the replacement joint. When Burger Law was retained 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 Harrisonville, MO

The Federal Drug Administration has firm protocols that pharmaceutical companies must adhere to 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 shelves. That means that many medications reach the market without an objective analysis of the potential drawbacks compared to the potential benefits. Too many pharmaceutical companies 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 Harrisonville, MO to stand up for the vulnerable and let these corporations know that their conduct is unacceptable.

Four thousand five hundred prescriptions 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 had your condition worsen because of irresponsible pharmaceutical companies and corporations, reach out to a Burger Law defective products injury lawyer now. We fight hard to see justice served by winning you compensation and holding negligent corporations liable. Burger Law has already held opioid manufacturers responsible when their selfishness has taken someone from this world too soon.

Other examples of dangerous products we collect compensation for our clients for in Harrisonville, MO include:

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

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Harrisonville, MO Defective Products Lawyer | Burger Law

Every Burger Law defective products lawyer in Harrisonville, MO knows that when manufacturers and sellers fail to make safe products it can completely disrupt your life. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the vulnerable in Harrisonville and throughout Missouri collect fair compensation for all of their damages, not just what the product manufacturer or insurance company feel like reimbursing you for. When you hire us, we do not hesitate to start working on securing you a financial recovery for all of your medical bills and lost wages, as well as the emotional and physical hardships your injury has taken on you and your Harrisonville, MO family. We will fight 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 Harrisonville, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online to start on the path to a true recovery.

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