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Product Liability – Defective and Dangerous Products

A Boise Product Liability Lawyer Can Help You Recover Financial Compensation

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Although the government tries to regulate product safety, it is people who have been injured by products that have made substantial changes in how products are designed and manufactured. By being willing to take a stand, consumers, through lawsuits, have forced manufacturers to make flame-retardant pajamas for children, better helmets, flame resistant mattresses, safer toys, safer vehicles, guarded punch presses, and safer industrial equipment and tool

Product manufacturers, designers, producers and retailers have a duty to the public, to assure the safety of their goods. From cars and trucks to work machines and household items, these companies and professionals are strictly liable for malfunctions and defects that cause injury or failure to warn of hazards.

If you have been injured by a defective product, you have the ability to hold a manufacturer responsible and perhaps even force a design or manufacturing change. A product liability lawyer with Hepworth Holzer, LLP, in Boise, ID, can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Idaho Product Liability Law

A defective product under Idaho law is a device or piece of equipment that is unreasonably dangerous to people or property. Defects can occur during the manufacturing process (recently a manufacturer of medical devices was held liable for hip and knee prosthetic devices that were manufactured with an improper oil coating) or they can occur when the product is designed (for example, the Ford Pinto that was improperly designed with the exploding gas tank). Determining whether a product is defective under Idaho law can be a complicated process.

Defective ASR Depuy Hip Implants

In 2005, Johnson & Johnson started selling the  DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System in the United States. The company received special clearance to market the ASR devices without clinical trials showing it was safe.    The Food & Drug Administration started receiving many complaints about the product.  In August 2010, DePuy issued a voluntary recall of ASR devices.

Date showed that after 5 years 1 in 8 of the replacement hips failed.  Even after replacement of the device, there can be fragments left in the body that cause problems.  Even DePuys acknowledged the hips system failed because of component loosening, malalignment, infection, bone fracture of the bone or dislocation as well as metal sensitivity and pain. Many complications have been seen.

Hepworth Holzer lawyers have represented many victims with ASR system injuries.

Taking On Manufacturers In Motor Vehicle Defect Claims

Our accomplished personal injury legal team can handle your claim arising from vehicle and component problems such as:

  • Defective tires susceptible to tread separation
  • Defective seat belts that break or fail
  • Defective air bags
  • Defective braking systems susceptible to excess wear
  • Car fires and gas tank explosions
  • Car seat problems — defective seat belts and heated seat malfunctions that cause serious burns
  • Any defective equipment subject to recall
  • Structural problems — inadequate roofs causing “roof crush” in a rollover accident

If you, a relative, family member or a loved one has been seriously injured — or someone dear to you sustained fatal injuries in a case of wrongful death — and you suspect that the accident was caused by a defective motor vehicle part or unsafe automobile design, the Boise law firm of Hepworth Holzer, LLP, can help. We are Idaho’s injury lawyers.

You need strong representation behind you — lawyers with the determination, capacity and resources to take effective action against a car, truck or SUV manufacturer and its insurer. Hepworth Holzer is prepared to investigate, research and pursue a complex vehicle product defect injury claim on your behalf. Contact us , toll free: 877-343-7510. Your initial consultation is free and you owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.

Lawyers On The Side Of The People

Our accomplished Boise product liability attorneys represent clients in many areas of product liability involving items such as:

  • Household appliances
  • Electronics
  • Bicycle defects
  • Medical devices such as defibrillators, hip replacements and stents
  • Dangerous drugs — over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • Workplace machinery and tools
  • Toys
  • Food products

Product designers and manufacturers are strictly liable for a design or manufacturing defect. It is not necessary for us to prove that a dangerous product was knowingly put on the market — only that it is dangerous when used as intended, or according to its instructions.

When negotiation with a manufacturer’s insurer is not productive, and complex personal injury litigation becomes a battle of experts, we have complete confidence in our vast investigative resources to get the job done. We have access to the leadership and advice of product engineers, manufacturing experts and safety specialists who excel at examining and testing products, reconstructing product liability accidents and proving negligence.

Here’s How We Can Help In an Idaho Product Liability Case

If you have been injured by a product, we can:

  • Investigate your accident to determine whether a product manufacturer or other party is at fault for your injuries;
  • Arrange for highly qualified experts to inspect and test machinery and equipment for defects;
  • Arrange for unbiased medical experts to evaluate your injuries and economic losses;
  • File suit against the companies and people responsible for your injuries;
  • Handle trials and conduct settlement negotiations in an effort to accomplish your goals;
  • File a Worker’s Compensation claim if the injury occurred on the job so that you get prompt medical attention and disability benefits;
  • File a claim for Social Security Disability benefits if you are not going to be able to return to work within 12 months of your injury;
  • Assist you with filing for other public benefits, including Medicaid, public housing and County Assistance.

Our 5-star rated lawyers have an established record for holding major corporations and their insurers accountable for serious or permanent harm from malfunctioning products sold to the general populace or used by workers.

When negotiation with a manufacturer’s insurer is not productive, and complex personal injury litigation becomes a battle of experts, we have complete confidence in our vast investigative resources to get the job done. We have access to the leadership and advice of product engineers, manufacturing experts and safety specialists who excel at examining and testing products, reconstructing product liability accidents and proving negligence.

Legal Representation You Can Count On

Our lawyers are not afraid of the courtroom or fighting big companies to protect the rights of consumers. We have the knowledge and expertise to handle complex product liability cases and have a large network of highly qualified experts to help us present your case. We have the ability to finance cases throughout litigation. If you want to keep unsafe products out of your home and workplace, then you need Hepworth Holzer, Boise products liability attorneys on your side. Contact us today for a free initial evaluation.

You may want to start your own investigation concerning a defective product. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a website at www.cpsc.gov where you can research whether a product has been recalled or even report a product defect that you have encountered.

If you have been injured by a product, it is imperative that you keep the item in a safe place where it cannot be damaged. Do not put the item in a tool shed or garage where weather or extreme temperatures can affect it. It can be very difficult to make a recovery in cases where the product has been lost or sent to the landfill.

If you have been injured by a defective product, consult with an attorney immediately. There are important time limitations on your claim.

If you have been injured by a defective product, we can help with your goal of obtaining maximum financial compensation for your setback.

Contact Us For A Free Case Review and Assessment Today

Hepworth Holzer lawyers have the legal skills, technical knowledge and trial experience to hold manufacturers and insurers accountable for what happened to you. Contact us today, toll free, to discuss details of your personal injury claim. 877-343-7510.

Thanks to our contingency fee policy, you pay no attorney fees unless we negotiate a settlement you approve, or convince a jury to award damages at trial.

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