Damages Available in Products Liability Lawsuits
The products liability lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III represent clients in Cape Cod and across the state who have been injured in a wide range of accidents, including those caused by defective products. With more than 146 years of combined experience, we understand the stress and pain that these situations can cause for both the person injured and his or her family. We have dedicated our careers to helping clients and their families move on after an accident by helping them seek the compensation to which they’re entitled.Massachusetts Defective Products Law
Life-altering injuries can happen when a product malfunctions and causes an accident. Many appliances also have inherent dangers that may not be obvious to the ordinary consumer. Manufacturers of these products have the duty to warn of these inherent dangers so that they do not cause serious harm to people using them. If a product is either defective or lacking proper safety warnings, a consumer hurt by it may be able to hold multiple parties accountable in its chain of distribution. These may range from the original manufacturer of the item to distributors and retailers who helped it reach the injured individual.
Massachusetts law imposes an implied warranty of merchantability on product makers and sellers, requiring that the product work as expected for a certain period of time. Businesses that make or sell products are liable under this warranty for any injuries caused by defective product designs, as well as for those resulting from the merchant’s failure to properly warn users of safety hazards posed by using the product.Available Damages
Damages available for consumers who succeed in products liability claims may extend from objective, economic injuries to subjective, non-economic harms. The first category includes medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, while the second category includes pain and suffering caused by the accident. The spouse of a victim may be able to pursue damages for loss of consortium if the injury affected the intimacy between the spouses. When a defendant’s conduct is especially reckless or egregious, punitive damages may be available in addition to compensatory damages.
In the tragic case that a person is killed by a defective product, state law permits certain surviving family members to file a wrongful death claim. Suing on behalf of the deceased’s estate, survivors must show that the business being sued engaged in a willful, wanton or reckless act that caused the death The family members also must show that their deceased loved one could have recovered damages for personal injuries if he or she hadn’t died. The survivors can seek money damages to compensate them for the loss of financial and emotional support that comes with the tragic death of a loved one, as well as funeral and burial costs.
To protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries, you must file your Massachusetts product liability lawsuit within a certain time frame after the accident that injured you or killed your loved one. You should not hesitate to consult an injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure that the time for filing your claim does not expire.
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, we are well versed in the various sources of product defects, the injuries they can cause, and the parties who may be held responsible for any damages. We take a comprehensive approach to each and every case, and are dedicated to seeking the maximum recovery on your behalf. Among other victories, we recently obtained a $600,000 settlement for a client who suffered a hand injury due to a defective product and a $130,000 settlement for a client suffering a product-related knee injury.Seek Experienced Legal Representation for Your Products Liability Claim
If you or a family member has been injured by a malfunctioning or dangerous product, call the Massachusetts products liability attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III. We can discuss your case in a free initial consultation, and we are available to meet with you in the evening, over the weekend, and offsite at your convenience. Our lawyers take pride in giving personal attention to our clients, taking the time to fully explain the factual and legal issues, and understand our clients' interests and needs. When you call our law firm, we will respond. There is always someone ready to talk to you at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III. Call us at 888.262.6664 or contact us online. Nós Falamos Português.