Defective Devices Lawyer
Dixon Injury Firm’s product liability lawyers in St. Louis specialize in defective device litigation.
Modern life requires a person to trust thousands of products every day. We need to know that our bed will not catch fire while we sleep, that our shampoo will not poison us in the shower when we wake up, and that our cars will not go nuts and kill us on the way to work. The law has sought to protect us as consumers by making companies that sell products liable for damages caused by their defective devices.
Defective device cases fall under product liability that Dixon Injury Firm routinely handles for St. Louis, MO, clients. Clients can learn more about Dixon Injury Firm’s specializations on our practice areas page. Of course you are more than welcome to contact us now.
Defective Devices Can Go Horribly Wrong
Remember hoverboards? These two-wheeled devices (that did not actually hover) were a huge hit a couple years ago. Unfortunately, these futuristic contraptions had a lot of problems. For one, they were difficult to control, especially for first-time users. YouTube is full of videos showing the boards flying out from under their riders, leaving a rider suddenly airborne and often leading to a very painful impact with the ground or nearby objects. Riders suffered from countless wrist and head injuries, including broken skulls, serious cuts, and internal bleeding.
Falls were just the tip of the iceberg, though. The boards were almost all manufactured in Shenzhen, China without the backing of any major company that might, say, test the products for safety. Instead, over a thousand small factories started pumping out their own version of the hoverboard. Many were of very low quality, and fires soon became an issue. In 2017, a hoverboard that was recharging in a home in Pennsylvania caught fire and burned the house down, killing a three-year-old girl.
Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of over half a million hoverboards made by several manufacturers. The recall was primarily to address the fire and explosion risk from the lithium-ion batteries in many boards. The Commission says there have been at least 99 reported incidents of hoverboards overheating or catching fire.
Lawsuits May Be the Only Way to Help Consumers
It is nice to see the Consumer Product Safety Commission step in to help address safety concerns, but they can really only help prevent future injuries. For many people that have already been injured, their only hope for being compensated for their injuries is to seek a payout from the companies that made or sold the defective devices.
Companies that sell goods in the United States can be held strictly liable for any damages caused by their defective devices. The law recognizes three main types of defects. The first is a design defect. A design defect would occur, for example, when a manufacturer trying to copy a hoverboard design made a mistake in their copied design that could cause fires. The second type of defect in products is a manufacturing defect. This would happen when a company makes a sloppy hoverboard knockoff. Finally, if companies sell products that can be dangerous without warning consumers about the risks they can be liable for a failure to warn. This could happen when a company failed to tell consumers how easily they could be injured on a hoverboard.
Let Dixon’s Defective Device Lawyers in St. Louis Find the Liable Party
Whether you or a family member has been harmed by a defective device, our St. Louis attorneys have the experience and resources you need to settle your case. The first step is to find a professional defective device attorney in St. Louis to help you through the process. Our product liability lawyers are ready and willing to get you through the process. Keep in mind how important it is to get legal assistance as quickly as possible to make sure you receive maximum (and timely) compensation.
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in Missouri defective device claims and other workplace injury cases. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Christopher knows how difficult product liability cases are. Dixon Trial Lawyers offer a contingency payment system, too. This means our legal services are free. In exchange, the firm takes a percentage of the reimbursement only if you win a trial.
If you have suffered an injury from a defective device, call us at 314-409-7060 for a free consultation. We can review your situation and see if you should be seeking compensation for your injuries. In the hoverboard example, the small Chinese manufacturers were hard to get compensation from but numerous lawsuits have been filed against companies like Amazon for allegedly selling hoverboards while falsely suggesting that the boards were safe. We can help you think about these options if you call us for a free, no obligation consultation.