Defective Products Lawyer St. Louis
St. Louis’ defective products lawyers at Dixon Injury Firm protect consumers.
The law generally says that anyone who sells a commercial product is going to be liable for any damages that product causes. This “strict liability” system helps ensure that companies are careful about what products they sell and it also protects consumers that are injured.
Dixon offers a variety of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis defective products lawyers bring proven legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for more information and a free consultation from our defective products attorneys.
Famous Defective Products Cases
Defective products can cause enormous damages to innocent people that are just trying to go about their everyday lives. Here are a few of the most egregious defective product cases:
- Ford Pinto – The Ford Pinto was a small car that was designed with a fuel system that was very likely to explode in a crash. When designing the car, Ford considered making a change to the design that would have made the fuel system much safer. The change would have cost $11 per car, though, and Ford decided that would be too expensive. Sure enough, the Pintos started exploding and the family of a 13-year old boy that was severely burned in a crash was eventually awarded over $125 million in damages. That was reduced to about $5 million later, but this case led to much safer car designs.
- Exploding Coke – One of the most important product-liability cases in the country involved a waitress in a restaurant that was holding a coke bottle while cleaning up one day and it spontaneously exploded in her hand. She suffered a deep, five-inch-long cut in the palm of her hand that severed blood vessels, nerves, and muscles. The court decided that because nothing else had damaged the bottle, it was fair for the jury to decide that only the Coca-Cola Bottling Company could be liable for the damage.
- Sta-Rite Defective Pool Drain Cover – In 1993, future politician John Edwards was a personal injury attorney who represented the family of a young girl that was horribly injured by a faulty pool drain. She sat on a pool drain and was then “disemboweled,” meaning most of her intestines were sucked out into the drain. A jury awarded the family $25 million and helped launch Mr. Edwards towards a career in the U.S. Senate.
What Do I Do If I Have Been Injured By A Defective Product?
Without question, the first and most important thing to do is to get medical attention for any injuries. This is important for the health of an injury victim, and it also helps to document any injuries so that damages can be proven later. Next, it is important to document what happened and investigate if necessary. For example, in the Coke bottle case the workers cleaned up the broken glass bottle and that made it harder to prove what happened. If possible, it is best to keep defective products and photograph anything that needs to be cleaned up.
Also, an injured person should never accept money or sign anything before talking to their own lawyer. Insurance companies will often show up and try to settle a case quickly. They may make a quick offer that seems like a lot of money, but once medical bills start rolling in the settlement offer may seem woefully inadequate. Injured parties are also under no obligation to make a statement for an insurance company or anything like that. Injury victims are often pressured to talk despite not having full information or even while partially incapacitated. Resist making a statement if at all possible. Remaining silent until hiring a lawyer should not hurt a personal injury case.
St. Louis Defective Products Lawyers
When you start a defective products case in St. Louis, it’s crucial to find legal counsel with experience. Our personal injury and liability attorney ensure clients have the resources they need to win a settlement. Here are a few questions to ask St. Louis defective products lawyers:
How much does legal counsel cost clients? This varies on the defective products case and various factors. We utilize a contingency system, meaning our services are free.
How much could I win? Again, this also depends on the trial. Dixon Injury Firm’s St. Louis defective products lawyers fight to provide clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other damages.
What’s next? The first step is to contact Dixon for more information and consultation from our defective products lawyers.
More About Defective Products Attorneys in St. Louis
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in defective products cases and other personal and workplace injuries. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these types of cases are for victims. To help alleviate financial stress, Dixon Injury Firm make it easier by offering a contingency payment system. This enables you to pay fees only if the case is won. Dixon Injury Firm’s legal services are free until then.
Call The St. Louis Dixon Injury Firm
If you have been injured in the St. Louis, Missouri area by a defective product, then you should immediately call Chris Dixon for a free evaluation. Mr. Dixon has spent his career fighting for injury victims and he can explain your rights and potential next steps with no obligation. Just call (314) 409-7060.