Whether it's better to settle a product liability lawsuit or go to trial depends on the circumstances surrounding your case and what you hope to get out of your claim. Therefore, it is imperative that you carefully consider every aspect of your unique situation to determine if the offered settlement is adequate. We will briefly discuss some of the elements that should be considered when contemplating a settlement, but this post should not be considered legal advice as each instance should be assessed on an individual basis.
This blog often discusses when food products are recalled and how they can pose a hazard to unsuspecting consumers. What we do not do often, however, is discuss some of the harms that can befall products liability victims. Therefore, this week we wanted to devote our blog post to a medical condition that may be weighing on the minds of many consumers: Listeria.
Our last post on the blog discussed strict liability and how it shapes your products liability claim. This area of the law is very specialized and can be difficult to understand. Sure, strict liability itself may only have the three elements discussed last week, but each of those elements in and of themselves can bring up a whole host of legal issues.
If an individual has suffered a consumer injury caused by a product that the person purchased, then the person may be able to file a legal claim and, potentially, recover compensation for the individual's injuries. However, before moving forward with a products liability lawsuit, it is important to understand how the law operates so that a victim can make legal decisions that work best for the person.
Many Minnesotans may fail to realize that the medical field is inundated with products. Though we often think of doctors providing us with a service, the fact of the matter is that doctors prescribe medicine, implant artificial body parts, and use a wide variety of equipment. When these products are defective or improperly designed, then patients like you can be at risk of serious injury.
In our everyday lives, we all purchase and consumer a wide array of products. Thanks to governmental and agency regulations, Minnesotans buy these products with confidence, trusting, almost without thought, that they are safe for their intended use. Sadly, though, far too often companies make, market and distribute products that pose a significant threat of harm to consumers.
If you are a reader of this blog, then you know that last week we talked about improper pharmaceutical labeling and just how harmful it can be to unsuspecting patients. The aftermath of such an event can be devastating. A victim might be left with a serious injury, permanent disability or even death. While the mere thought of this is certainly scary, the reality of the matter can be even more frightening, as victims may find themselves unable to afford the medical care they need, they might lose wages due to missed work, and the compounding effect can cause severe financial upheaval and emotional distress.
Minnesotans often rely on medications to treat a variety of medical conditions. Prescription drugs can be particularly powerful in fighting illness and disease, but their effectiveness is based on proper usage. Therefore, when a wrong medication is prescribed, a drug is over or under prescribed, or a medication is completely unsafe in its manufacturing, unsuspecting patients can be left with serious injuries. In the worst cases, negligence on the part of drug companies can lead to a serious injury or even death.
A holiday tradition for many is to give festive foods to friends, colleagues and relatives. One of the last things people in Minnesota and across the country are thinking when they purchase food products is that there will be danger of the recipients getting sick due to the food being tainted in some way. When this does happen, it can result in serious injury and even death that turns an innocuous, innocent product into something that will be remembered as a tragedy.
One of the most inherent acts of trust the people of Minnesota and across the country indulge in has to do with food. There is a belief that food manufacturers, purveyors and sellers will provide a safe product and there won't be a risk of consumer injury simply by eating certain items. There are, however, instances in which food products are found to be dangerous and have to be pulled from the shelves. Sometimes it is because there has been consumer injury or illness due to a product. At other times, there is simply a risk of some sort of problem and people, as of yet, have not been harmed. Regardless, it's important to be vigilant when it comes to food and possible recalls.