Posted in News on December 5, 2014
With the holiday season in full swing, most of our Montana residents are likely excited about deals on various products. And, many will also purchase gifts for family and friends this holiday season. As shoppers, most people presume that if the product is on the store shelf, and being sold, then it is likely a safe product for the consumer. Most of us do not think about product recalls or have an internal dialogue about whether this is a dangerous or defective product which could potentially cause injuries. We simply assume that the product has passed regulatory scrutiny and is deemed to be safe.
However, staff at the Heenan Law Firm will tell you that, despite the safeguards in place, there are times when dangerous and defective products enter the consumer stream and cause serious injuries. In fact, recently, Graco recalled millions of baby strollers due to finger amputation injuries. Though most people do not consider a baby stroller to be a dangerous product, a design flaw in the folding hinges of the stroller resulted in fingertips being amputated.
Thus, what qualifies as a dangerous or defective product in product liability cases, is not black and white. Dangerous and defective products could be anything from medical devices to unsafe children’s toys. Such a category could include car components, such as faulty tires, airbags and brakes, or medication, either prescribed or over-the-counter.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a dangerous or defective product, consulting with an attorney at the Heenan Law Firm may help. Our attorneys have experience with product liability cases, and can evaluate the specifics of your case.