Most people reasonably assume that the products we use have been thoroughly examined and tested and are safe. Unfortunately, thousands of people are killed and tens of millions of people are injured every year due to defective products, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Massachusetts injury attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have successfully represented injury victims for more than three decades, recovering more than $400 million on our clients’ behalf. If you were hurt or a loved one died as a result of a defective product, dangerous medication or faulty medical device, please call 888-979-9323 for your free consultation.
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Factors in Product Liability Cases
Proving a Defective Product Claim
A Proven Record in Product Liability
FDA Prescription Drug Recalls
Defective Medical Devices
Defective Seat Belts
Vehicle Roof Crush
Although the range of defective products and the types of injuries they can cause are broad, product liability cases generally relate to one of three factors:
A design defect
A manufacturing defect
Failure to provide adequate warnings about a product’s risks or sufficient instructions for proper use
Liability for defective products can apply to multiple parties based on the cause and could include the product manufacturer, a manufacturer of corresponding parts, the product assemblers or installers, wholesalers or retailers.
Every product liability case is different based on the circumstances and extent of injuries. However, there are some key elements that must be established to win a product liability claim:
You were injured or suffered losses as a direct result of the product
You were using the product as intended when you suffered harm
The product is defective per one of the factors detailed above
The product defect caused the injury
If you or a loved one suffered an injury that you believe was caused by a faulty product, it’s important to save the product if possible, as well as any warnings or instructions that accompanied it. Remember that not every defective product has been subject to recall.
The Kiley Law Group has extensive experience with defective product claims, and we have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts in cases related to defective children’s toys, faulty swimming pools and motor vehicle defects.
Product liability lawsuits often result in recalls and redesigns that ultimately increase product safety for everyone. Don’t assume you are the only person who may have been injured by a certain product. If you don’t discuss your case with an attorney, other unwary consumers may also be injured by the same product.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and issues recalls on a number of consumer goods, including prescription drugs and medical devices. Despite oversight and regulation, many medications that are supposed to save lives or improve quality of life instead end up harming consumers.
Dangerous prescription medications reach innocent people every year due to negligence on behalf of manufacturers, including false claims about the risks or benefits of a drug. Unfortunately, FDA medication recalls sometimes arrive too late. If you were harmed or a loved one died due to a recalled prescription drug, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are here to help you pursue the financial security you and your family need.
Medical devices are designed to save and improve lives, but dangerous and defective products occasionally slip through the cracks. When they do, patients can suffer devastating injuries. The harm caused by these devices often results in costly medical treatment, including the need for corrective surgery or long-term therapy.
Products including artificial joints and surgical mesh sometimes make it past the FDA before sufficient testing is conducted or design defects are discovered. In many instances, these dangerous medical devices cause harm before a recall is issued. When the carelessness of medical device makers harms innocent consumers, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are here to hold them accountable. We understand the effects of the long-term injuries these devices can cause, and we know how to pursue fair compensation for your needs
Defective products can cause any number of injuries, but burn injuries are relatively common in product liability cases because they have so many sources. Burns can be caused by faulty electrical products or chemical goods; they can result from a heat-source material, such as a coffee brewer or work light; or from a flammable good, such as children’s pajamas or a propane tank.
Burn injuries can be severe, and often require long-term medical therapy. At Kiley Law Group, our lawyers have extensive success helping patients and their families recover from the traumatic effects of these injuries. In one case, we recovered more than $1 million for a man who suffered burn injuries in a car fire due to a defective fuel tank; in another we helped a man who sustained burns due to a malfunctioning burner on his stove. If you suffered burns due to a faulty product, we can help you pursue the peace of mind you need to move forward.
Airbag recalls have been all too common in recent years, and when a defective airbag deploys it can result in devastating injuries. Defective airbags are often the result of design defects or manufacturing errors, and the consequences are severe—and sometimes fatal—to innocent consumers.
The attorneys at Massachusetts Kiley Law Group have more than 40 years of experience protecting the rights of injury victims, and we understand the life-changing impacts these injuries can have on victims and their families. If you or a loved one suffered injuries related to a potentially faulty airbag, please contact us for a free consultation.
Drivers and passengers depend on car manufacturers and seat belt makers to put safety before profit. But the truth is that defective seat belts are a common focus of motor vehicle recalls. In some cases, the belts weaken and fray too quickly; in others, seat belts unlatch with the inertia of a collision. There may also be faults in the belt retractors that create too much slack, or defects in the belt webbing that prevent safe restraint of passengers.The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have more than 40 years of experience recovering the financial security injury victims need to resume their lives. We recently recovered $1.2 million for a client who suffered a spinal cord injury due to a defective seat belt. If you were injured or a loved one was killed due to a faulty seat belt, we’re here to guide you through this difficult experience.
We take for granted that vehicles are structurally sound, adhere to modern safety standards and will provide us with reasonable protection in a crash. Like seat belts, seatbacks are important occupant restraint devices. When designed and manufactured properly, seat belts and seatbacks work together to provide some protection from the violent impact of a collision. When the seatback fails, passengers can be ejected, or struck by objects or other people, and suffer severe injuries.
The Kiley Law Group has broad experience in product liability claims, including multiple million-dollar-plus awards in cases related to automotive defects. For more than 40 years, our dedicated lawyers have been helping consumers who are at the mercy of corporations who fail to put safety first. Please contact us today for your free consultation.
If you or a loved one was in an accident involving one of a number of General Motors (GM) vehicles, you may be eligible to pursue a lawsuit against the auto giant. In 2014, GM recalled hundreds of thousands of Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models due to faulty ignition switches that could cause the engine to shut off during operation and prevent air bags from inflating in the event of a collision.
Additional recalls followed over the ensuing months, ultimately affecting nearly 25 million vehicles in the United States, including models in the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Saturn lines. There have been hundreds of injuries and multiple deaths associated with accidents linked to the faulty ignitions. Please contact us today if you think a faulty ignition contributed to your accident.
A post-collision fuel-fed fire (also known as PCFFF) occurs when a motor vehicle is struck in the rear, causing the gas tank to ignite. Though this happens rarely, it is often due to a defect in the tank. Engineers and manufacturers must produce gas tanks with reasonable crash-stability in mind; when they don’t, severe burns, other injuries and even wrongful death can be the result.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to PCFFF: Poor location of the fuel tank; bad materials; design flaws; lack of tank shield; and/or manufacturing error. Related defects of the fuel lines, fuel pumps or gas siphons can also play roles in PCFFF. You should not be responsible for all of the medical bills, lost wages and other damages a defective product can cause. The team at the Kiley Law Group can establish a case on your behalf to help you recover the compensation you need to move forward.
Tires rank high among things we take for granted, yet they play a vital role in our safety. And poorly designed or manufactured tires are real dangers. Nearly all major tire manufacturers have issued recalls due to defective tires in recent years and often after they have led to serious injuries or death. These defects can cause blowouts, sidewall failures, tire bead failure, tread separation and even explosion upon inflation.
The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group fight for victims of defective products, including tires and other automotive defects. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident in which faulty tires played a role, please contact us today for a free consultation. We offer compassionate, knowledgeable guidance through this complex process, and we have helped many injury victims recover the financial peace of mind they need to cope with medical costs and other expenses.
Vehicle roof crush incidents usually occur when a motor vehicle is involved in a rollover accident. While any vehicle has a risk of rolling over depending on the circumstances of a crash, some vehicles are more likely to roll than others. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and other vehicles with high centers of gravity like vans are more prone to roll over than others. The roofs of these vehicles should provide reasonable protection from the crushing force of impact in the event of a rollover. Too often, they don’t.
Vehicle roof crush accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries, including those to the brain and spinal column. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have an extensive record of success in both product liability cases and severe injury cases. Our lawyers also have the trial experience to take your case to court when settlement offers are unjust. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.