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As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, there are many people currently sitting at home and wondering what they can do to buy time while they are under stay-at-home orders. There are a great number of people turning to online shopping and ordering products that they wish to try at home. This can include power tools, cosmetics, and much more. However, it is an unfortunate reality that some products can be negligently produced or designed, thus leading to serious injuries for those who use them. It is because of this that individuals facing these situations can pursue legal action with the assistance of an experienced New York personal injury attorney.

What do I do if I Was Injured by a Defective Product?

After being injured by a defective product, the first thing that you should do is receive medical attention to treat the injuries. Once your injuries are treated, you can retain the services of a skilled New York City personal injury attorney who can assist you in gathering evidence to prove a personal injury claim. While this is true, it is possible for you to have your evidence on your own by keeping the product that injured you. This is because a defective product can be used in court to help back up your claim. Other evidence can include pictures of the product, medical documentation regarding your injuries, any police reports that were filed, witness statements, and more.

There are three primary product liability lawsuits that are seen in court. One type of lawsuit is the result of a negligent product design. This means that the designer failed to take consumer safety into consideration when they developed the concept for the product. In addition to this, a claim may be possible if you can prove that a manufacturer diverted from the usual protocol when creating the product. Another incident that can lead to a product liability lawsuit is the failure to warn. This may be the case if the company selling the product did not include an appropriate warning label with instructions on how to properly use the item.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

When you sustain an injury from a defective product and want to pursue legal action, it is important that you do not wait too long to file a personal injury claim. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place. Simply put, this is a deadline by which injured parties are required to file a claim, otherwise they may lose their opportunity to do so. In the state of New York, there is a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the injury for personal injury cases. 

Contact our 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 significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury 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.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


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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