Our AV®-Rated Boston Attorneys Protect Clients’ Rights in Products Liability Claims
The products we buy to help us should not hurt us
We are a nation of consumers. We depend on our cars to get us where we need to go. We purchase food in grocery stores that are neatly laid out for our convenience. Increasingly, we rely on computers, cell phones, tablets or e-readers and other electronic devices. We use shampoo and toothpaste. We take medications for our headaches. And where would we be without our kitchen appliances, power tools and household cleaning supplies?
We trust that the manufacturers of the products we use every day consider our safety and well-being to be of paramount importance. Unfortunately, the current economy has many manufacturers looking for ways to save money. Product safety is often the first casualty in their battle of the buck. But what happens when their cost-cutting measures cause you to be severely injured? At Swartz & Lynch LLP in Boston, our attorneys have successfully achieved products liability verdicts of millions of dollars on behalf of clients throughout Massachusetts. Damages have been recovered for clients in matters including pharmaceutical liability for dangerous drugs, medical products liability for defective implants and devices, automotive defects, such as air bag failure, and for a number of consumer products, including:
- $3.2 million for a client injured by a flammable hair product
- $2.8 million in the case of a defective smoke alarm
- $2.6 million in a flammable bathrobe lawsuit
- $1.4 million for harm caused by defective carburetor cleaner
- $1.2 million for a defective coffee pot
We make manufacturers and other liable parties pay for the harm they have done
Until about 50 years ago, people who were victims of manufacturing defects had limited protection under the law. In 1962, President Kennedy presented a speech before Congress that led to the Consumer Bill of Rights, which included the right to be informed, the right to choose, the right to be heard — and most important for people injured by defective products — the right to safety.
When your right to safety has been violated, you have the right to sue for damages. In Massachusetts, grounds for a products liability claim include:
- Negligence — The duty of care owed is not exercised, and injury results.
- Breach of warranty — The claims or representations made about a product are not lived up to.
- Misrepresentation — A manufacturer or its marketing or advertising agency claims that a product is safer than it really is.
- Strict liability — When a product is defective and the defect causes an injury, the manufacturer and others in the distribution chain can be held liable — even if they did not contribute to the defect — if the product is so dangerous or defective as to cause injury or wrongful death. Under the law, the retailer is also responsible for defective products they sell. In many cases, a large retailer will purchase products from a foreign manufacturer. The consumer can just sue the retailer directly and the retailer would then be responsible for suing the manufacturer.
Our personal injury lawyers pursue all potential avenues of compensation, which may include the designer, the manufacturer, and even the distributor, wholesaler or retailer of a dangerous product. Our goal is to obtain maximum compensation for the harm you have suffered — and to put manufacturers and others on notice that they have as great an obligation to the safety of their customers as they do to their bottom line.
Let us help you get full and fair compensation for your defective products injury
To learn more about how an attorney from Swartz & Lynch LLP can help you recover damages in a products liability claim, please contact a Boston injury attorney online or call us at 857-250-0664 to schedule a free consultation. We serve injured people in the Greater Boston area and throughout Massachusetts. If you are unable to travel to our office, we can arrange to meet you at the hospital or at your home.