Defective Products

In 2021, around

11.7 million individuals

sought medical attention in emergency departments due to injuries caused by consumer products, according to the National Safety Council. Surprisingly, most of these injuries were related to common everyday items that are typically considered safe.

Unfortunately, the most vulnerable groups, such as older adults and young children, are frequently affected by these injuries.

Children between the ages of 0 and 4

have one of the highest rates of injury.

How We Can Help

At Miyashita & O’Steen, our reputable personal injury lawyers are exceptionally well-equipped to assist clients facing product liability cases. From the outset, we will diligently investigate the details of the case, meticulously examining the defective product and identifying liable parties, such as manufacturers, suppliers, or distributors. Then we work to build a compelling case, backed by evidence and expert testimony, showcasing the product’s flaws or hazardous design.

Our experienced attorneys work tirelessly to negotiate fair settlements with insurance companies or opposing legal teams, seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. In the event that a settlement is not reached, we fearlessly represent our clients in court, advocating for our client’s rights and pursuing justice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Product liability law refers to the legal framework that holds manufacturers, distributors, and sellers responsible for injuries or damages caused by defective or dangerous products they release into the market.

Product liability law covers a wide range of products, including consumer goods, industrial equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vehicles, and any other tangible goods that can pose risks to consumers if they are defective or dangerous:
  • Consumer electronics (e.g., smartphones, laptops)
  • Motor vehicles and automotive parts
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Household appliances (e.g., heaters, kitchen appliances)
  • Children’s toys and childcare products
  • Industrial machinery and equipment
  • Power tools and construction equipment
  • Sporting goods and recreational equipment
  • Food and beverages
  • Beauty and personal care products (e.g., cosmetics, haircare)
  • Furniture and home furnishings
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Electronics and electrical products
  • Home improvement products (e.g., paint, adhesives)
  • Cleaning supplies and chemicals

Common types of product defects that can lead to liability claims include design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects (such as inadequate warnings or instructions), which can render a product unreasonably dangerous and cause harm to consumers.

If you have been injured by a defective product, the first steps to take include seeking medical attention for your injuries, preserving the product as evidence, documenting the incident, and consulting with a personal injury attorney experienced in product liability cases to understand your legal options and rights.

Related Areas of Practice

In addition to defective products, our experienced attorneys have handled other cases involving:

  • Implant Failures
  • Lemon Law
  • Liquor Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Labeling
  • Product Warnings
  • Social Host Liability
  • Roadway Design
  • Warranty Claims
  • Wildfire Litigation
  • Wrongful Death

Miyashita & O’Steen’s personal injury attorneys serve and operate in all counties and islands in Hawaiʻi. Whether you have been injured in Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Lihue, Pearl City, Waimea, or Waipahu, or somewhere in between, our attorneys are here for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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