In many personal injury cases, medical records, police reports, and eyewitness accounts are enough evidences that can strengthen a plaintiff’s case. However what if the reason behind your injury is a product that you have bought? The most important thing to remember is that, as a consumer, your safety should always be upheld by all manufacturers and distributors. Once a product is on the shelf of your local grocery, you can assume that it has passed all necessary inspections. If any complications arise from consuming or using the product, the manufacturers and/or sellers of the product may be held liable. If you ever find yourself in this situation, or suspect you may have been harmed by a bad product, get in touch with experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyers immediately to find out if you have a case.
A good example of a product liability case would be that involving Blue Bell ice cream, which was tested positive for listeria and other bacteria. People who became sick after consuming Blue Bell products can all file a personal injury case against Blue Bell. Cases like this which involve a large number of complainants may be filed as a class action suit, which generally has a higher chance of success and involves less work on the part of complainants.
False advertising oftentimes play a big role in defective product cases. Take for example the lawsuits filed against manufacturers of testosterone replacement products. The plaintiffs claim that the manufacturers misled them by advertising that the products can be consumed by men who were experiencing fatigue, reduced sex drive and other effects of “Low-T”, but as it turns out the FDA only approved the products for men with hypogonadism, a medical condition which results in lower testosterone production. There was nothing wrong with the product itself, but the advertisement’s claims were said to have led the wrong people to take the drug, some of whom suffered side-effects, such as stroke and heart attack. A similar case is a tanning salon that claimed indoor tanning is a good source of vitamin D—something refuted by studies. In fact, indoor tanning is listed by the WHO as a cancer-causing radiation source.
While it is always good to conduct a research before trying a product, consumers have no responsibility to verify advertising claims. All things the product claims it can do must be accurate. If it cannot deliver on its promise and you were harmed in the process, immediately approach reputable Brooklyn injury attorneys like those from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein to help you pursue just compensation for your sufferings.
(New York AG suing tanning salon over ‘deceptive advertising’, New York post, April 23, 2015)
(Experts Accuse Testosterone Manufacturers of “Disease Mongering”, newyork.legalexaminer, May 11, 2015)
(Blue Bell Ice Cream knew about listeria contamination in 2013 – FDA, RT.com, May 08, 2015)