Product Liability Lawyers St. Louis

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St. Louis Product Liability Attorney

St. Louis Product Liability Lawyers. Corporations today often attempt to place shareholder profits ahead of public safety. This need to drive profits often results in unnecessary harm to unsuspecting victims. All too often companies are rushing products to the market without a safe product design or failing to warn the public of known dangers.

Chris Dixon

Founder and Managing Attorney

I pride myself on tirelessly fighting for the injury victims who continuously trust me with their cases. It is an honor to serve and a passion which drives my existence.

If you have been injured by a defective product, Missouri law allows you to recover damages from the manufacturer, distributor or seller for all of your harms and losses.

Our firm provides a broad range of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis product liability lawyers bring grade-a legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for more info and a free consultation from our product liability lawyers.

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St. Louis, MO, Product Liability Attorneys

When you pursue a product liability case in St. Louis, it’s important to secure legal counsel with experience. Dixon Injury Firm’s personal injury and workers comp lawyers ensure clients have the resources they need to win a settlement. Here are a couple questions to ask St. Louis product liability attorneys:

How much will legal counsel cost me? This depends on the product liability case and various factors. Dixon uses a contingency system, which means our services are free.

How much would I win? Again, this also depends on the case. Dixon’s St. Louis product liability attorneys fight to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other compensation.

What do I do now? The next step is to contact us for more information and consultation from our product liability lawyers.

Who Is Liable When You Are Injured By A Product?

Missouri defines product liability in its Statutes Section 537.760. It says a “product liability claim” occurs when (1) the defendant sold a product as part of a business, (2) the product was used as reasonably anticipated, and (3) the product was either defective or it was unreasonably dangerous to sell without an adequate warning. The defendant is “strictly liable” for any damages that are caused. This is not much different than the law in the rest of the country.

In short, this means that whoever sold the defective product is liable for any damages that it causes. Usually, when someone is injured accidentally by another person they will have to show that the person that caused the injury was “negligent.” Being negligent means the injury was caused because the liable person acted unreasonably and created the risk of harm. In a product liability case, that is not necessary because whoever sold the product is liable even if they acted reasonably.

Strict liability is important in a modern economy because people almost never buy something that was entirely made by one person or company. A car, for example, is filled with products made by dozens if not hundreds of manufacturers around the world. Strict liability means that whoever sells the car is liable for any defects, even if the defect was caused by another company. For instance, if an airbag is faulty then the person hurt will usually sue the car manufacturer but then the car manufacturer can turn around and sue the airbag company for selling a defective airbag.

Product Liability Claims in St. Louis

There is no limit on the types of items that may be subject to a product liability suit. They can include mechanical and electronic devices, drugs and medical devices, complex machinery and even items as simple as tarp straps and slingshots. Numerous products are already known to the government as defective and dangerous, listed in broad categories such as Consumer Products, Motor Vehicles, Boats, Food, Medicine, Cosmetics, and Environmental Products. In addition, recently recalled products are listed as they become known. The U.S. Government website also provides a product recall search for consumers.

Some of the most common items involved in product liability cases:

  • Car tires
  • Car brakes
  • Automobiles
  • Kitchen appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, ovens and cooktops
  • Sump pumps
  • Furnaces
  • Air conditioners
  • Space heaters
  • SUV Rollovers
  • Airplanes and airplane parts
  • Medical devices, including valves, implants and prostheses
  • Prescription drugs
  • Food Poising
  • Cell phones and batteries
  • Laptops and batteries

Product liability claims generally revolve around one of the following three areas:

1. Defectively Manufactured Products: This type of defect occurs in the manufacturing process, causing a flaw to the product that makes it different from others being produced and sold. An example would be a swing set with a cracked seat or chain, or a bicycle missing a brake pad. The problem which occurred while the product was being made must be the cause of your injury in order to seek reimbursement for your damages.

2. Defectively Designed Products: A product with a defective design means the entire line of products are inherently dangerous, not simply a single one. This type of product liability case is not related to the products manufacture. An example would be space heaters that routinely catch fire due to improper wiring or line of ATV’s that have a tendency to flip over while turning. The defective design, and not improper use must be the cause of the injury in order to successfully seek reimbursement for your harms and losses.

3. A Failure to Provide Adequate Warnings or Instructions: In the rush for companies to get a product to the market or to simply save costs, warnings are often left off products. Often companies think that providing a full warning of all known dangers will decrease sales. In addition, companies often do not want to undertake the costs of providing full and detailed instructions on how to safely use a product. Often drug companies fail to warn those consuming their products of the known risks of the medication. The failure to adequately warn or instruct must be the cause of injury in order to pursue reimbursement for your loss.

Product Liability Makes the World Safer

The public’s view of products and liability is largely shaped by famous cases that wind up in the news, even though the details of the cases are not always common knowledge. One of the most famous cases involved hot coffee. In 1992, a 79-year-old woman named Stella Liebek was a passenger in a car that pulled up to a McDonalds drive-through window. When she tried to put cream and sugar into the coffee, she spilled it all over her legs and she was severely burned.

This case has become perhaps the most famous product liability lawsuit, because a jury awarded her $200,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages. The case became a flashpoint in the national media because many people considered it frivolous, but Ms. Liebek suffered full thickness burns on 6% of her body, including her thighs, groin, and genitals. McDonald’s sold its coffee unreasonably hot, 180 to 190 degrees, when most restaurants serve coffee at a much safer 135 to 140 degrees.

NOTE: If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective product, do NOT get rid of the product. The harmful product is now also evidence that may be needed at trial. Do everything you can to preserve the item.

What is Missouri Product Liability Law?

Dixon's Product Liability Attorneys in St. Louis provide need-to-know info for future clients.


Product Liability Attorney St. Louis

A product liability lawsuit may be filed under one or more of these legal theories:

  • Negligence
  • Strict Liability
  • Breach of Warranty
  • Misrepresentation

To make a products liability claim under a legal theory of negligence, the victim must show 1)The defendant manufactured or designed the product; 2) The product had a defect/hazard; 3) The defendant failed to either design or manufacture the product to be reasonably safe or adequately warn of the risk of harm due to the defect; and 4) As a direct result of the failure, the victim sustained damage.

In 1969, the Missouri Supreme Court adopted the theory of strict product liability. In Keener v. Dayton Electric Manufacturing Co., 445 S.W.2d 362 (Mo. 1969), the Missouri’s highest court ruled that if someone sells a defective product that is in an unreasonably dangerous condition, the seller is strictly liability for any harm that results. To make a claim for strict liability due to a manufacturing or design defect, the injured party must show:

  • The defendant sold the product during the course of their business
  • The product was then in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous when used in a reasonably anticipated use
  • The product was used in a reasonably anticipated manner
  • The injured party sustained damage as a direct result of the defective condition

Under a strict liability theory based upon a failure to warn, the injury victim must show:

  • The defendant soled the product in the course of his business
  • The product was unreasonably dangerous when put to a reasonable use without knowledge of the product’s characteristics
  • The defendant did not give adequate warning of the danger
  • The product was used by the victim in a reasonably anticipated manner
  • The victim was damaged as a direct result of the product being sold without the adequate warning

Breach of warranty product liability claims may involve any of several different scenarios, depending on whether an express warranty, implied warranty of merchantability, or an implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose was provided to the buyer. A warranty is a statement by a manufacturer concerning their product. When a product fails to do what they say it will do, the company is deemed to have breached their warranty. A claim for breach of warranty is successful only when it can be shown that:

  • A duty to the customer was owed
  • A breach of that duty occurred
  • An injury to the customer occurred
  • The breach of the duty owed was the proximate cause of the customer’s injury

All of the various legal theories for defective products listed above contain various time limits which may prevent you from pursing reimbursement for your harms and losses. It is vital you contact an attorney immediately to discuss your case.

More About Product Liability Attorneys in St. Louis, MO

Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm excel at product liability claims and other personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these types of cases are for clients. To help lower financial stress, Dixon's trial lawyers make it easier by providing a contingency payment system. This allows you to pay fees only if damages are awarded. Our legal services are free until then.

The economic costs of injuries or fatalities associated with defective products is the responsibility of the company that made or distributed the item, not an innocent person who purchased or used the product. Our products liability lawyers offer FREE consultations to all injury victims. If we are able to help you, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we are only paid if we successfully handle your product liability claim.

For a FREE consultation, call 314-409-7060 or 855-402-7274 (toll free). Our lawyers have been recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and are Life-Time Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are here to help.

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Results — that's what clients expect from Dixon Injury Firm. Chris brings years of personal injury law experience to the table. Based in St. Louis, his firm provides free consultations and contingency service to the high-caliber injury and liability legal arena. Tell us about your case and we'll show you how to win.

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