When we buy something in a store in Long Island or New York City – whether it be as simple as a pound of hamburger meat or a bottle of floor cleaner, or something as complex as a new car or power washer, we expect the product to be safe. In these modern times, we even assume that whatever we are purchasing has been regulated, examined, tested, and approved by any number of private companies and government agencies.
If you’ve followed the news over the last several months, you are aware that the CPSC issued 448 different product recalls in 2007, as a result of which approximately 30 million toys were pulled from store shelves. According the Washington Post, faulty products are responsible for 27,000 deaths a year, and a staggering 33 million injuries.
Located in Cedarhurst, New York, and serving Long Island, including Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester, the Law Offices of Jonathan M. Cooper offers clients experienced counsel in defective product and dangerous product cases. Although the recently enacted Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008 (“CPSA”) includes many important provisions that will go a long way to better protecting our families and loved ones against many unsafe products and manufacturing practices, the CPSC remains grossly understaffed and underfunded, as they are responsible for overseeing the safety and compliance of over 15,000 consumer products. Moreover, since the CPSA contains a strict cap on the amount of civil penalties that can be assessed against manufacturers and distributors of dangerous products by the CPSC, we see product liability court cases as a necessity to assure that more dangerous consumer goods do not enter the marketplace.
Defective products come in a variety of forms. Here are some examples:
- Consumer products. Consumer products can range from children’s toys to appliances to furniture to cleaning solutions – things that you use every day in your home. To find a list of recently recalled consumer products, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Foods, medicines, and cosmetics. Have you ever been horrified to find out that your prescription medicine was recalled? Have you even broken out in a rash after using a certain kind of make up? For a list of these recalls, visit the Food and Drug Administration. Similarly, if you believe that you have suffered food poisoning, you can find out whether the food establishment you bought the food from has been investigated for similar food poisoning cases by visiting the New York State Department of Health web site.
- Defective Cars. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and boats are some of the most dangerous places to find defective products, as faulty products in these situations can often lead to serious injury or even death. Defects can be found in car equipment, tires, and safety features like airbags, brakes, and children’s car seats. For more information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It is not only vital that you report your defective product injury to the company and the appropriate government agency, it is also important that you contact a product liability lawyer to help you settle the dispute you have with the manufacturer, distributor or retailer of this product.
We are dedicated to helping you understand your defective product case from the beginning, so that you can help take an active role collecting the relevant evidence as well as proper expert scientific evaluations to determine whether it can be proven in court that the product was in fact defective. If we believe your case has merit, we will tell you so up front; on the other hand, if we believe that your case lacks merit, or will be difficult to prove, we will tell you that as well, because we do not believe in leading clients on.
What else separates the Law Offices of Jonathan Cooper from the other law firms serving the New York City area? We are continually thinking of new ways in which to expedite cases and save our clients money. Using innovations in technology and conservation, we have converted our firm to a largely paperless office and now file nearly all of our cases electronically. We believe that by embracing these innovations, we have become one of the most efficient law firms in New York.
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In a way, defective product cases carry a greater sense of immediacy than many other types of injury cases, for every moment that we don’t act in response to a serious injury caused by a faulty product, more of these unsafe products are being sold to families like yours.
Let the Law Offices of Jonathan Cooper examine your case and partner with you to find a just resolution to your situation, and make certain that the manufacturers, distributors and retailers who sold this questionable product is informed of their safety issue.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, or if you have a product safety question, call us today or fill out the form on this page for a free legal consultation. We want to help you put your accident behind you and return normalcy to your life.
The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Cooper are located in Cedarhurst, New York, and serves the following areas: Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, , Westchester and Staten Island.