Product Liability — When A Dangerous Or Defective Product Causes Injury


When you purchase a product, you expect it to be free from harmful defects, to perform as warranted and to serve the need for which it was purchased. You expect it to be safe. What do you do if it's not?

The personal injury lawyers at Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A. can analyze the situation and secure the experts you need to prosecute your case (product liability cases usually require the expert testimony of professionals in design, engineering or other fields). If you've been injured due to a defective product, contact the personal injury lawyers at Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A.

FYI: Understanding Product Liability

One of the earliest Minnesota product liability cases, in 1964, involved an electric vaporizer that was manufactured for household use to create steam to soothe the congestion that accompanies a cold. A three-year-old girl was terribly scalded by the boiling water inside the vaporizer when she got out of bed during the night and tripped over the vaporizer's electric cord, which was plugged into the wall. The cord ran from the wall outlet to the cap of the vaporizer. The cap of the vaporizer simply sat on top of the water reservoir of the vaporizer; it was not secured. When the young girl tripped over the cord, the cap came off the vaporizer exposing the little girl to the boiling water.

The designers of the product were aware that their product would be used to help small children who were congested, and it was certainly foreseeable that a small child could awaken during the night to go to the bathroom or to seek comfort from his or her parents. Nonetheless, the designers did not incorporate the relatively simple safety feature of securing the cap to the water reservoir to prevent the escape of the boiling water. The manufacturer was held liable for the little girl's injuries.

After An Injury Caused By A Defective Product, Get Legal Advice Soon

As the above example shows, a successful product liability claim can help consumers in general — not just the plaintiff in a given case. Your case may be a public service as well as helping you cope with injury and loss. Discuss your potential lawsuit against a manufacturer with one of our trial lawyers. Act promptly to protect your interests. The law requires product liability cases to be commenced within a certain amount of time, or you lose your right to present any claim. Don't delay in contacting an experienced Minnesota product liability attorney today. Call us in Waseca at 507-835-5240, in Owatonna at 507-451-9000, in Faribault at 507-332-7425 or in Janesville at 507-234-5106 — or request a consultation by calling 1-888-835-5244 toll-free.