From time to time, people are injured by defective manufacturers' products. These products can range from heavy equipment, automobiles, boats, and airplanes to a variety of consumer products including food, cosmetics, medicine and pharmaceutical products, among others. When a person is injured by a defective product, they may have a claim against the manufacturer of the product for strict liability.
In strict liability claims, the focus of the case is the defective product, not the conduct of the manufacturer or anyone else. In these cases, there is no need to prove that a defect was caused by any negligence or fault of the manufacturer. Rather, it is assumed that the manufacturer knew about the harmful nature of its product. As a result, the plaintiff typically need only prove the following to support a claim for strict liability: (1) that the defect was present in the product at the time it left the manufacturer's hands, and (2) that the defect was the immediate cause of the injury.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product, you should contact an experienced New Jersey / New York personal injury and products liability lawyer who can analyze your case and explain your rights. Because these claims must be made within a specific timeframe after the injury, don't delay.