Dangerous products, also called product liability, is an area of law that is familiar to people, but at the same time surprisingly new.
Familiar cases involve defective tires and brakes, water heaters that cause fires and scaldings, and everyday products that fail to contain necessary safety instructions. Our firm has been effectively seeking compensation for such injuries for years.
But because ours is a dynamic and innovative economy, new dangers are always crowding onto the market. These new dangers have little case law behind them, so they can require new thinking and up-to-date knowledge of the law as it evolves.
Examples of these new issues:
Driverless cars. Five years ago, no one was talking about autonomous vehicles. Now we are on the brink of major rollouts of driverless cars and trucks. Litigation will swing from negligent drivers to negligence owing to poor design, a bug in the software, mechanical failures and unforeseen situations.
Flammable cell phones. You remember the massive recall of Samsung smartphones in 2016. Chances are, another product will cause similar injuries in the weeks and months ahead. Samsung this week announced that the firs were caused by batteries that were the wrong size,
Exploding e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes were supposed to be a safer way to get nicotine into your system. But they're not safe when they explode in your pants pocket.