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Defective Products

Contact our Cleveland defective products attorneys. We handle cases nationwide.

Unsafe products can cause serious injuries or even fatalities. Consumer products can be dangerous for many reasons. Poorly designed products often cause injuries. So do potentially hazardous products that don’t have adequate manufacturer safety warnings.

Manufacturers have a duty to make safe products and not produce or sell unreasonably dangerous products. When companies fail to design, manufacture, and/or market a safe product, such actions can give rise to a product liability claim. Defective or dangerous product injuries may give rise to an individual or class action lawsuit.

At Merriman Legal, LLC, our experienced defective product attorneys have handled many complicated cases involving a wide range of dangerous products throughout the country. That’s why so many people have relied on us to guide them.

In one case involving a product liability claim, we secured a $2.45 million settlement on behalf of our client. The 1995 case is Joe Frankovich v. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., et al. 1995. The plaintiff, an electrical lineman, suffered electrocution when he came in contact with 13,700 volt tension lines while working in an Asplundh line lift bucket truck. The cause of the accident allegedly was due to a design defect in the controls of the bucket. Our client lost his left arm, all his back muscles and suffered serious internal injuries.

Dangerous drug claims, defective construction products and more

Many different types of defective products can cause serious harm. Some of the most common product liability cases our accident attorneys handle involve:

The laws vary from state to state concerning dangerous products and a company’s legal obligation for compensating injury victims. Federal laws often apply in many cases as well. We’re familiar with all of the rules and regulations governing dangerous products nationwide. Contact us and find out how we can help you.

Am I part of a class action or individual lawsuit?

Injuries can occur in the home or at work due to many different types of defective products. In some cases, thousands of people can be affected by the same product in a similar ways. In such cases, the best course of legal action might be a class action lawsuit.

We have extensive experience successfully filing class action lawsuits across the country. We can also work with you one on one depending on the nature of your injury. In either case, we promise we will work tirelessly to help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Contact our law firm today. Call 866-823-3332 to arrange a no cost consultation.

Defective Drugs, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers sometimes rush their products to market without conducting enough tests to accurately determine if the products are safe to use by the public. Other times, these corporations discover a potentially hazardous design flaw with their product but attempt to conceal this information. And in some cases, physicians prescribe the medications that cause dangerous side effects in certain patients.

Whatever the reason, consumers using these products often suffer. Dangerous drugs and medical devices often cause serious or even life-threatening injuries. In certain circumstances, patients using these products can suffer a fatal injury.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration often recalls dangerous drugs or defective medical devices to protect the public. In certain circumstances, the FDA places a black box warning on certain pharmaceuticals to alert the public about potentially dangerous side effects.

Many defective drug or medical device cases involve class action lawsuits since hundreds or thousands of people might be adversely affected by such products. Examples of allegedly defective drugs which in certain circumstances have led to claims:

  • Actos
  • Accutane
  • Celebrex
  • Crestor
  • Ephedra
  • Paxil
  • Serevent
  • Vioxx
  • Xarelto
  • Yaz

As for allegedly defective medical devices, many involve knee and hip replacement surgical devices, including:

  • DePuy hip implants
  • Stryker hip implants
  • Zimmer hip and knee implants

A full list of allegedly dangerous medical devices recalled by the FDA can be found on the government agency’s website. Along with defective knee and hip replacement implants, other common defective medical devices include:

  • Defective pacemakers
  • Heart valves that leak
  • Defective transvaginal surgical mesh

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Defective Construction Products

A home is not only a place to live, but it’s also usually someone’s largest asset. When construction materials fail because of defects, a homeowner should not have to suffer financially. Our construction product defect attorneys will fight hard to hold the responsible party accountable. If you have a construction product failure dispute, contact us immediately. Merriman Legal, LLC has experience handling a broad spectrum of defective construction product cases, including ones involving:

  • Defective shingles
  • Roofing failures
  • Drywall
  • Defective windows
  • Substandard siding
  • Low quality building materials
  • Defective deck materials

Some construction defects are obvious, while others are hidden and years may go by before you notice the defect. Water damage is a common and often noticeable sign of poor workmanship, defective design or improper work by your builder. Water intrusion can lead to an array of problems, from costly foundation damage to potentially health-threatening hazards such as toxic mold and sick building syndrome.

As experienced attorneys who have handled cases involving construction defect litigation, Merriman Legal, LLC can take an assertive stand on your behalf and hold the negligent building product manufacturers responsible for their actions.

If necessary, we can even help you and other consumers affected by such dangerous products file a class action lawsuit against the company. We have the experience and the knowledge of construction defect litigation to help you achieve the results you rightfully deserve.

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Design & Manufacturing Defect Claims

Some products with design and manufacturing defects are sold to consumers who may have grounds for a class action or individual lawsuit if they are injured or their loved ones die as a result of using the product. Any product – from children’s toys to medications and other pharmaceutical products – can have a design or manufacturing defect.

A manufacturing defect may affect a limited number of products. In other words, many of the products may be safe, but a batch that was manufactured during a certain time period may be defective. The manufacturing defect may even involve just one product out of thousands.

A design defect, however, typically involves the entire line of products. Automobile recalls due to defective design and defective manufacturing are common. Design defects have been contributing factors in serious accidents, including SUV rollovers. A manufacturing defect may result in tire separation and a potentially catastrophic blowout accident.

Any part of an automobile may be subject to a recall due to a defect, including brakes, steering columns, airbags, seatbelts, doors, and more. In such cases, a product liability lawsuit may be necessary. If you were in an accident, talk to us immediately. We will investigate to help determine if a defective vehicle design or defect in manufacturing of the vehicle was a contributing factor.

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Failure to Warn Claims

A common product liability claim involves the concept “failure to warn,” which is a marketing defect. A product may not have any obvious inherent danger, but it may have been marketed by a manufacturer or seller who failed to warn of a possible danger linked to the use of the product. For example, a gasoline-powered lawnmower must have a sharp, fast-spinning blade to cut grass. A failure-to-warn claim may arise if the manufacturer or the seller of the lawnmower does not warn the consumer about all the foreseeable risks or if the warning is vague or cannot be understood by an average person. By contrast, products with manufacturing or design defects do have inherent problems that may cause injury or death.

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