Defective Product Lawyer in Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

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Numerous Virginians are seriously injured every day in accidents involving common household items like children's toys, cosmetics, lawn mowers, blow dryers, electrical outlets, and so forth.

Defects in commercial products may result in the product manufacturer being held legally responsible for your injuries.

Emily has experience representing people who suffered serious, life-altering harm from a defective product. For example, Emily has handled cases involving the defective DePuy ADR hip replacement device and side effects from the Yaz/Yasmin birth control poll.

Understanding Virginia Products Liability Law

Products liability law is a form of personal injury law that holds a manufacturer, distributor or a retail merchant responsible for your injuries. A manufacturer’s liability for a poorly designed or improperly made product applies to all types of products, including those used in a work setting. Examples of defective products include:

  • Air bags that fail to deploy during a serious auto collision
  • Faulty wiring or components in electrical devices 
  • Defective medical devices (e.g., the aforementioned DePuy hip replacement device)
  • Prescription drugs that caused deadly side effects
  • Toys containing poisonous chemicals

How Product Manufacturers, Sellers, or Other Third Parties are Held Responsible for Their Negligence

A product defect lawsuit is typically based on three key factors:

  • Defect in the design of the product (i.e. product is inherently unsafe)
    • A design defect is when there is a fundamental flaw in the product making it unsafe to use. Many major recalls are issued when a product is determined to be defective in design and unsafe when used as intended by consumers.
  • Defect in the actual manufacture of the product
    • A product may be safe by design, but become unsafe and dangerous when manufactured. A common example is an airbag that is designed to be safe, but when manufactured with a particular model vehicle, becomes unsafe because the manufacture resulted in the airbag not deploying properly. The same issue applies to defective brakes on a vehicle.
  • Failing to warn consumers of a potential danger or health risk
    • A manufacturer can be held legally liable for your injuries if you were seriously hurt as a proximate result of a danger or health risk that could have been prevented if you were warned. Many prescription medications, like Avandia, Fentanyl, Yaz, and so forth, are offered to the general public with insufficient labeling to warn them of the serious side effects and health risks.

Under Virginia law, you have a legal right to expect that a product is reasonably safe when you used as intended. If you, or a loved one, was injured by a defective product, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.  You could pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any permanent injuries resulting from the defective product.

Contact Emily today to set up a confidential, completely free consultation. She can be reached at 757-447-4192 or fill out the quick contact form on this page.