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Defective Product Accidents

Omaha Product Liability Accident Attorneys

A defective product can strike anytime, causing an accident or injuries when you least expect it, because you have no reason to think that you are in a dangerous situation. Defects come in many forms. Some products break or fail, but many product liability cases involve things like lack of warnings about the potential dangers of using the product or inadequate instructions for how to use the product safely. If you have been injured by a defective product, the Omaha product liability accident attorneys of Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O., can help you can your family collect fair compensation.

Defective Products

Examples of products which are commonly involved in product liability cases include:

  • Toys
  • Children’s products such as cribs and car seats
  • Contaminated food
  • Lawn and garden items
  • Tools
  • Heavy equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Space heaters
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Drywall
  • Medications and medical devices
  • Electronic equipment, such as battery chargers in e-cigarettes
  • Pet food

Defective Vehicles

Defective vehicles can be the underlying cause of car accidents, or they can cause injuries to be worse in accidents that are caused by something else. Examples of defects that can cause accidents include:

  • Faulty tires
  • Defective brakes
  • Faulty ignition switch
  • Faulty steering system
  • Defective suspension

Even in accidents caused by negligent drivers, defective roadways, or hazardous weather conditions, an auto or parts manufacturer may be held responsible for defects that cause injuries to be more severe. This type of defect is often referred to as a crashworthiness defect. They include:

  • Defective seat belts
  • Faulty air bags
  • Collapsing seat backs
  • Defective door latch
  • Poor roof crush resistance
  • Defective window glass

A product liability lawsuit is also appropriate in the rare case where an auto defect leads to injuries or death when the vehicle was not in operation. For instance, there are some defects that can cause a vehicle to catch on fire when it is not running. If this happens in a garage or very close to a home it can cause a house fire.

Defective Drugs

Prescription and over-the-counter medications can both be defective. Drug injuries can be severe or fatal, and you can receive compensation even if the drug that caused your injuries was not recalled.

Drug companies have a legal duty to warn doctors and consumers of the dangerous side effects that their products can cause. When they fail to do so, that failure to warn is a defect and injured patients can sue for compensation for the resulting injuries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers can also be held responsible for off-label marketing. That is marketing a drug for any use that has not been specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Doctors have the discretion to prescribe drugs off-label if they believe it is in the best interest of their patients, but the drug makers are not allowed to market off-label.

If you believe that a defective product was involved in your accident or caused your injuries, the Omaha product liability attorneys of Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O., are ready to help you right away. You have a limited amount of time to get started or you will lose your right to compensation. Please call us today at (402) 397-1200 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.