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Problems with Product Liability: The Potential for Your Claim

1.24.2017

The Dangers of Faulty Goods 

Take for example the recent recalls of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones. According to the company’s own website, as of December 9, 2016 the voluntary recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones was expanded to all of the phones sold or exchanged in the United States. This comes on the heels of some very serious problems posed by the phones in the last few months. According to the Huffington Post, the phones’ batteries were combusting during normal use. This increased fire risk eventually lead to the phones being banned aboard some commercial flights. Recently, BBC reported on new lithium-ion batteries being developed that actually have fire extinguishers built-in. 

Of course, phones are not the only products to have issues lately. In November NBC reported on a Tonka truck catching fire in Washington state. Subsequently, Toys “R” Us issued a recall for the toy. Months earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported on a recall of the wristband toys found in McDonald's happy meals. The toys were causing multiple injuries to children, including blisters, skin irritation, and burns. 

Proceeding with Your Claim 

If you are injured by a product, you may be able to bring a product liability claim. This is a claim that essentially arises out of injuries you receive from using a specific product. Under such a claim, you may be able to sue the retailer, the manufacturer, or even the distributor of the product in question. Of course, those same parties may have potential defenses, such as the product not being used in the way it was intended. In all reality, product liability law is a field of law which is constantly changing. Just last month, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its decision in Bifolck v. Phillip Morris, Inc., a case which questioned Connecticut’s stance on strict liability. In short, this decision saw the Supreme Court choosing not to limit the amount of punitive damages a court could award to an aggrieved plaintiff.  Although there are many other important aspects of the case, this was one of the highlights. 

You might be wondering what you can do if you are injured by a product. That all depends on the circumstances surrounding your injuries. For example, the product itself may be dangerous, or there may have been something defective in the specific product you used. Either of these factual scenarios could and would affect the outcome of your case. This is why it is important that you contact a licensed Connecticut attorney to help you with your claim moving forward. Call the offices of Mariani Reck Lane, LLC at 860-443-5023 to speak with a personal injury attorney today.


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