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.
Consumer products are recalled nearly every week. This means that consumers are often put at risk of harm, many times without even knowing it. This is wholly unacceptable. The first way for Minnesotans to protect themselves from these dangerous products is to be aware of which products are being recalled and why.
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.
People in Minnesota and across the country place their trust in food manufacturers to ensure that all necessary safety warnings are placed on the food labels or packaging. When a negligent company makes a mistake with its food products, there is a significant danger of serious injury to those who purchased and consumed the foods. In some extreme cases, it can even lead to death. Those who have been affected by this or believe they might have been in the past need to understand how to move forward with product liability litigation.
When a person in Minnesota buys a toy for a child, they're functioning with the belief that the product will be safe and the child won't be in danger of serious injury simply by playing with it. There are many reasons why a child might be hurt from a toy. It could be an unreasonably dangerous product. There might be inadequate safety warnings. Or it could simply be a negligent company willing to risk the health of its customers. One issue that unexpectedly arises in today's more conscientious world is the substance lead being in children's toys.
Parents generally want what is best for their kids. They try to buy all the right products to keep them safe, and feed them all right foods to help them stay healthy. However, when companies are not careful about what they are doing, parents can only go so far to protect their children.