Everyday, we rely on product companies to design and deliver safe products for our use. Whether at home, the office or for our kids, we depend on product companies for our safety.
Under New Jersey law, product companies, manufacturers, distributors and retailers have a duty to make or sell products which are reasonably safe for their intended or reasonably foreseeable purposes. However, many companies put profits before people, and innocent people will suffer injury as a result.
In a New Jersey personal injury lawsuit, the injured party, or plaintiff, can make a claim to recover financial losses as well as pain and suffering. The most common types of damages recoverable in a New Jersey product liability lawsuit include:
- medical bills,
- lost wages,
- other financial losses, and
- pain and suffering.
Medical bills for all treatment, including surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, medications, etc. may be recovered in a defective products liability lawsuit. In addition, a claim can be made for all reasonably anticipated, future medical treatment, such as future surgeries, future nursing home care, etc.
A claim for lost wages, both past and future, can be made as well. A past lost wage claim would be made where the injured plaintiff missed time from work after the accident. A future lost wage claim would be made in cases where the injured plaintiff cannot return to work due to injuries. Other financial losses such as hiring household help or costs for additional transportation can also be recovered.
Pain and suffering damages compensate the injured plaintiff for the accident, injuries, medical treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, etc. which follows a serious accident.
There are other types of damage claims which may be made, depending on the circumstances, such as loss of consortium or punitive damages. It is important to speak to a knowledgeable New Jersey products liability lawyer to discuss all types of viable damage claims.
Under the law, a negligent party can be held liable for any or all of these types of damages. Certain claims will require expert forensic analysis or medical expert review. It is important to be represented by a knowledgeable, experienced products liability lawyer, someone who knows the proper way to investigate and prosecute complex products liability cases.
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If you’d like to have your case reviewed by our New Jersey products liability lawyers, call 215.925.4451. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation.
The products liability lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area:
- NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities
- PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
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Published: June 12, 2012