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It is not very often that consumers will expect to be injured by a product they purchase. However, it does happen. If you were injured as a result of a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our firm to learn more about product liability claims in New York. Our skilled New York personal injury attorneys are dedicated to ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.

What is product liability in New York?

Companies have a responsibility to guarantee that their products are safe for their buyers. This is known as product liability, and lawsuits can occur if a company fails its duty and produces a defective product. Product liability problems can happen with anything, but they are generally found with children’s toys, appliances, motor vehicles, and more. Companies are expected to provide labeled instructions with their products to let their buyers know how to safely use the product. If an injury occurs because of missing safety instructions, the company may be held liable.

Who is responsible for product liability cases?

There are three kinds of defects that an individual can be held responsible for in a product liability lawsuit. They include the following:

  • Design defect: This happens when the product designer fails to take safety precautions when designing a product, which later results in injury.
  • Manufacturing defect: This relates to when the product was safely designed but the manufacturer deviated from the initial plans, which resulted in an unsafe product.
  • Failure to warn: If a product was designed and manufactured safely, but the company failed to create labels and warnings on how to safely use the product, they may be held liable for failure to warn.

How long do I have to file a claim?

The state of New York has a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This means that if you fail to file your product liability claim within three years from the date of your injury, you risk the chance of losing your ability to recover compensation for your burdens.

If you have been injured because of a defective product and would like to pursue legal action, do not wait. It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm as soon as possible to ensure you are promptly meeting all of your deadlines.

Contact Our Experienced New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


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Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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