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Defective Product


When Companies Put Profits Over Safety, People Get Hurt

Maine Defective Product Lawyers

Baby cribs with faulty brackets. Unsafe ladders or tools. Home appliances or industrial equipment lacking the required safety parts or proper instructions. Unsafe automobiles. Countless consumer and industrial products that we rely on regularly are recalled annually because of preventable safety hazards, ranging from clothing to food, dangerous drugs, and medical devices.

The recalls are alarming reminders that just because a product is made available to consumers, or even approved by government regulators, does not mean that it is safe or can’t fail in a catastrophic way. Every year, thousands of Americans are seriously hurt or killed by dangerous or defective products. These injuries and deaths are not the result of random accidents or misuses of products but rather are direct consequences of companies putting profits ahead of people by cutting corners and designing, manufacturing, or selling products that never should have been in consumers’ hands in the manner sold.

Maine’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers

When manufacturers, distributors, and retailers put consumers at risk by marketing and selling unreasonably dangerous products, they can be held accountable in our civil justice system. That accountability includes compensating injured consumers for the harm, loss, and damage that their products cause.

The defective products lawyers at Berman & Simmons have been holding corporations accountable and standing up for injured Mainers for over a century. We are the statewide leader in product liability law, and we are proud of our work helping countless consumers obtain fair compensation for their injuries and making products safer for consumers going forward.

Holding Companies Accountable in Defective Product Cases

Three primary types of negligence form the basis of a product liability lawsuit:

  • Design Defects. These claims involve the question of whether a product could reasonably have been produced using a safer design without losing function or purpose.
  • Manufacturing Defects. Even if safely designed, a product may be dangerous if it is not manufactured properly or according to specifications.
  • Failure to Warn Defects. These claims include the failure to warn consumers about, or to provide instructions to avoid, preventable and known risks. Packaging and labeling mistakes can also be the basis of failure to warn product liability lawsuits.

Our Maine product liability lawyers provide determined and experienced representation in injury cases arising from a serious breach of responsibility, with a particular focus on serious injury and wrongful death cases. We handle claims related to the use of defective consumer products and industrial equipment, including:

  • Automobiles
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Household products and appliances
  • Toys
  • Tools and industrial machinery
  • Farm equipment
  • Construction materials
  • Firearms
  • Tainted or contaminated food
  • Prescription drugs
  • Medical devices

Over $1 Billion in Compensation Obtained for Injured New Englanders

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Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as Maine’s best personal injury and medical malpractice law firm. While we are honored by such accolades, we are never complacent or satisfied. We strive every day to be not just the best trial law firm in Maine, but one of the very best law firms in the country. With unmatched resources, in-depth knowledge, and determined advocacy, we have recovered over $1 billion for our clients, earning their trust and obtaining favorable outcomes for over 100 years.

Our long track record of success in defective product cases comes from our commitment to providing clients with excellence in legal representation coupled with genuine care and concern about their well-being. We listen closely to each client’s concerns, answer all questions, and provide the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the best lawyers in Maine are on the case.

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Defective Product FAQs

  • What are cooking spray can fires and explosions?

    Cooking spray can fires and explosions have severely burned and disfigured several people nationwide. Despite these accidents, the products continue to be sold, and consumers are often unaware of their dangers.

    Aerosol cans have been known to burst in extreme heat, however, defective design, over-pressurization, and highly flammable contents have contributed to the explosions.

    Fires and explosions from PAM cooking oil spray have been seriously injuring consumers across the U.S. for years. The manufacturer, Conagra, promotes PAM’s “100% natural” ingredients, which actually include highly flammable petroleum-based propellants such as propane, ethanol, and liquefied petroleum gas or butane.

  • What is the statute of limitations for filing a product liability (defective product) lawsuit in Maine?

    In general, you have six years from the date of incident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Maine.

Call Berman & Simmons Today for a Free Consultation

Please contact Berman & Simmons today at 866-664-2403 to arrange for your free consultation to discuss your questions and concerns regarding an injury caused by a defective product. You pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you by settlement or jury verdict. We welcome the opportunity to help you.

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How do I find out if I have a defective products claim?

The first step in a defective products case is for our lawyers to work with you to determine whether your injuries are tied to a failure in the design or the manufacture of the product, or the lack of proper warnings or instructions.