Defective Products Lawyer in Savannah, MO.
Defective Products Lawyer in Savannah, MO. If you or a family member was injured by a dangerous product, reach out to a Burger law defective products lawyer in Savannah, MO right away at or fill out our online form for a complimentary consultation.
Think of what you do every day: You may make coffee in a coffee maker in the morning, take allergy medication, go to school or work on a bus, sit by a computer or work around technology, and/or use your cell phone at various times during the day. You may drive go-carts on the weekend. You may even have a ankle replacement or other medical device. 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 shelves. When there is a mistake in that process and a product becomes defective, it can cause severe harm to you and your Savannah, MO family. If tragedy struck you, you need the expert and committed legal services of Burger Law's defective products lawyer team to stand in your corner and win you the maximum compensation you are owed.
In our 70 years of combined negotiation, litigation and trial experience, we have delivered our clients in Savannah and beyond over $170 million. Our initial case evaluations are no-cost, no-obligation, so there's no reason not to reach out. Get in touch with a defective products lawyer in Savannah, MO now at .
If you were hurt by a defective product in Savannah, MO, see how much your claim may be worth by utilizing our free personal injury calculator.
Below are some useful links and FAQS from your Burger Law defective products injury lawyer in Savannah, MO:
- FDA Recall List and Safety Alerts
- Consumer Products Safety Commission Recall List
- U.S. Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Recall List
- What to Do if You're Injured by a Dangerous Product?
- Can I Sue a Company if Their Product Gave Me Cancer?
- Can I Sue for a Defective Car Part if it Caused My Accident?
Savannah, 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 data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019 the mean average that people injured by faulty products recovered was over $7 million in product liability cases that went to trial, while the median was $2 million. That speaks to the incredible devastation that can be caused when manufacturers and vendors do not obey the rules.
If you or someone you know was harmed by a dangerous product, call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Savannah, MO for compassionate, committed and skilled support and legal counsel.
What is the Process for Defective Products Claims in Savannah, MO?
- The corporation was part of the product's stream of commerce.
- The product was used in a way reasonably expected.
- One or both of the following:
- The product was in a faulty condition that was unreasonably hazardous when it left the manufacturer's or seller's and your injuries are a direct result of that defect, and/or
- Your injuries stemmed from a dangerous 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 a distributor or vendor. 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:
- You discover who the manufacturer is, it still exists and is financially capable of paying you for all of your injuries.
- The seller makes an affidavit under oath that they had nothing to do with the product beyond selling it.
- No other party in the case comes forward with evidence that the vendor took part in any other aspect of the chain of distribution.
- The dismissal is requested to the judge no later than 60 days after the complaint is filed.
If the aforementioned conditions are fulfilled, the distributor would then be dismissed without prejudice, meaning they are not permanently dismissed from the case. So, if later evidence demonstrates that they had a larger role in the engineering of the product than they intimated, were otherwise at fault 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 you get the great compensation that they owe you.
Missouri Revised Statute §537.764 mentions a caveat for "state of the art products," meaning that a hazardous aspect of the product was not known and could not be discovered when the product hit the shelves. This defense is only valid for failure to warn defective products cases, 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 Savannah, MO are determined by the concept of negligence. We all have an obligation to each other's safety in certain situations; for example, Savannah, MO dog owners must always have control of their dog. When someone is negligent, for instance if if there a loose floor boards at a restaurant that cause you to fall they may be found liable for your damages and would have to pay you compensation.
By contrast, most product liability or dangerous products cases are strict liability claims, meaning that anyone in the chain of distribution is liable for any injuries 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 Savannah, 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:
- Design Defect: A design defect is an innate fault in the design that afterwards passes the imperfection to all of that product model that go on to be manufactured. An example is an electric razor or hairdryer that can cause electric shocks.
- 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 bugs or other contaminants found in beverages or leaving sharp edges on plastic or other materials.
- Insufficient Warnings and Instructions: 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 inherent 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 chainsaw can cut you.
Strict liability is intended to encourage corporations to implement comprehensive safety protocols for verifying the safety of their products. However, too often companies are negligent and concentrate more on cutting costs than ensuring their products will not cause any damage. When that happens, your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Savannah, MO will fight by your side and insist on only the best possible financial recovery.
Comparative Negligence in Defective Productions Claims in Savannah, MO
An oft-used defense for manufacturers in a dangerous product lawsuit is that you are to blame for all or a portion of your damages. Missouri Revised Statute §537.765 permits for those in the chain of distribution to put forth the defense that you are liable for a portion of your damages 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 your injuries, you will only receive $70,000. Often, claims of comparative fault are a dishonest attempt an entity involved in the stream of commerce makes to eschew their duty to reimburse you for the damage their product did to you. Your Savannah, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law sees through that. Under 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 seller 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 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 the manufacturer did not intend. With this defense, Someone in the stream of commerce will not be able to totally avoid liability but can significantly reduce 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 knew of inherent hazards of the product while you were using it. This is often called as "Assumption of the risk," a concept in tort claims whereby, if a plaintiff knowingly enters into a dangerous activity, the defendant is not responsible. For instance, you understand that using a sharp kitchen knife can cut you if you are not extremely careful.
- 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 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 packaging can often protect someone in the chain of distribution from liability. If you were injured in a car accident because of faulty brakes, but you were not wearing your seatbelt, the defense can argue your injuries would have been avoided had you followed proper protocols.
- You failed to 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 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 people in the chain of distribution can — and will — work hard to persuade a jury that you share part of the blame, that does not mean you will definitely be blamed for part of the accident. Bullying corporations and insurance companies employ numerous dishonest ruses to try and minimize your claim, but your Savannah, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law knows how to effectively counterattack. We know these companies have a lot of money to throw at their defense 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 collect a moderate percentage of the financial recovery you get, and you do not pay us anything until we win your case. Get in touch with Burger Law now at for legal counsel that parallels and exceeds that of resistant manufacturers and vendors and insurance companies.
Defective Vehicle Parts Lawyer in Savannah, MO
Our defective products lawyer team sees in Savannah, 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, in excess of 53.1 million recalls were issued both for entire vehicles and individual components. Defective car parts can lead to accident and fires, and lead to further injuries when the safety components to not work as they should. Common dangerous motor vehicle parts we see are:
- Fuel systems
- Electrical wires
- Door latches
- Engine cooling fan blades
Alternative vehicles like 4-wheelers can also cause harm, 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 Savannah, MO
Medical devices are intended to make our lives better and allow us to live the life we want. 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 Savannah, MO has seen be defective are:
- Artificial joints that can result in 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 anticipated
- Surgical robots designed to operate on parts of the body that are difficult for a surgeon to manually reach that, when defective, can result in pierced organs, infections and electrical burns
- Blood clot filters that allow free-floating blood clots to invade the lungs
- Permanent birth control implements that can perforate organs, result in pelvic pain, excessive blood loss and unintended pregnancies
As the medical industry keeps implementing new technologies, the numbers of recalls issued for medical devices has increased exponentially. In the first three months of 2018, medical device recalls increased 126 percent, mostly due to problems with software.
In 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department found that in the course of a decade Medicare paid out at least $1.5 billion to replace more than 73,000 flawed heart devices alone. We should not have to worry that these highly advanced medical devices might cause us extensive pain instead of improving our lives. If a defective medical device ended up worsening your condition, your Savannah, 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 do not last nearly as long as they were built to and have caused incredible pain and lifelong damage to possibly as many as 150,000 people who had the replacement joint implanted. When Burger Law was retained 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 view the complaint we filed for our first client by clicking the link below:
Defective Drug Lawyer in Savannah, MO
The Federal Drug Administration has stringent 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. That means that many prescriptions reach the shelves 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, 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 Savannah, MO to stand up for the vulnerable and let these corporations know that their behavior is deplorable.
Four thousand five hundred drugs and medical devices are recalled in the U.S. each year, and many of them have already been widely ingested and used. If you or a loved one had your condition worsen because of reckless pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, get in touch with a Burger Law defective products injury lawyer immediately. We fight hard to see justice served by securing you compensation and holding negligent corporations liable. Burger Law has already held opioid manufacturers responsible when their selfishness has taken someone from their family too soon.
Other common defective products we collect compensation for our clients for in Savannah, MO include:
- Children's toys
- Chemicals such as week killer
- Baby powder
- Household appliances
- Industrial equipment
- Cell phone batteries
- Cosmetic products
Savannah, MO Defective Products Lawyer | Burger Law
Every Burger Law defective products lawyer in Savannah, MO knows that being injured by a dangerous product can completely upend your life. That is why we have dedicated our careers to seeing the injured in Savannah and throughout Missouri collect great 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 immediately start working on getting you a financial recovery for all of your medical costs and lost wages, as well as the emotional and physical toll your injury has inflicted on you and your Savannah, 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 Savannah, MO right away at or contact us online to take the first step toward being made whole again.