What is Product Liability?

What does Product Liability Mean?

The term “product liability” refers to the creator or seller of that product taking responsibility for the injuries their products have caused. Many different government entities cover recalls, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When it comes to children’s products, most product recalls are handled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Unfortunately, defects, mislabeling, poor marketing, and negligence are common and can happen at any level of production—from creating a flawed design and using the wrong materials on the manufacturing floor to publishing misleading claims in advertising.

Common examples include:

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What are the Most Common Types of Product Injury?

Defective products can cause any number of injuries, resulting in medical expenses and loss of income. Medical complications, pain and suffering, changes in quality of life can be ongoing consequences of a product injury. Common injuries, from even benign household products, include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement or Dismemberment
  • Spinal Cord Injury or Paralysis
  • Loss of Sight or Hearing
  • Loss of Motor Skills and Muscle Density

Should I Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?

Due to product defects not always being immediately publicized, and that some health effects are not fully known until after some time has passed, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. They can investigate the product, contact industry experts, and work with your medical care teams, and determine whether or not you have a legal claim.

If you believe that you have a case from a defective product, contact a product liability lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve and prevent the product from injuring other people.

Habush Personal Injury Lawyers

Attorney Tim Trecek

Tim Trecek is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary). He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seat belts, seats and structural integrity), construction accidents, misfilled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snow blowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents. In 2020, he obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, when a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver’s seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra. (See News Story) 

Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.