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Kopstein & Associates, LLC

9831 Greenbelt Road,

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Seabrook, Maryland 20706

Phone: 301.552.3330

 

 

Maryland Product Liability Attorney

 

Product liability cases involve injury or death that is caused by a defective or dangerous product. Many product liability cases involve automobiles that are dangerous because of a defective design that caused the vehicle to rollover during an evasive maneuver, or a defective seatbelt that failed to restrain the occupants. Other product liability cases involve motorcycles, ATVs, lawnmowers, cigarette lighters, flammable mattresses, hip prosthetic devices, and many other products used at work or home.

 

22,000 deaths and 29.5 million injuries are associated with consumer products under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's jurisdiction. The injuries and deaths and associated property damage from defective products cost the American public over $500 billion annually.

 

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a defective product and are in need of a qualified, experienced product liability attorney contact Kopstein & Associates, LLC, we serve clients throughout Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and including Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s County. 

Over the years, many people have turned to us to obtain fair and proper compensation for them from the manufacturers and sellers of defective products. These include:

-- A bindery worker who became totally disabled when her scalp was torn from her head by a defective paper drill;

-- A young secretary who was permanently paralyzed when the car she was driving failed to withstand a crash that shouldn't have resulted in a serious injury;

-- A truck driver who lost a leg when a load of logs being carried by a hydraulic lifter fell upon him;

-- The family of an off-duty fireman who was electrocuted when he leaned against an ungrounded electric sign outside a bar;

-- A young quarry worker whose arm was badly mangled when it was caught in an unsafe conveyor belt.

Because of the public policy favoring the development of safe products, many states have adopted laws that ease the burden of proof on those seeking compensation from the manufacturers and sellers of products. Maryland and the District of Columbia have adopted the doctrine of "strict liability" under which an injured person need only prove that the product that injured him was sold in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition. It is not necessary to prove that the manufacturer was negligent in designing the product or even that the manufacturer was aware that the product was dangerous. In Virginia, the standard of proof is greater.

The key to the successful prosecution of product liability claims is the attorneys' selection of appropriate experts to analyze the product, identify the defect and testify as to how the injury could have been avoided. In enforcing our clients' rights, we have developed a network of numerous experts in many disciplines. These include: (1) engineers of all types who evaluate the defective product; (2) industrial psychologists who evaluate the adequacy of operating manuals, warning labels, and product use environment to determine how a reasonable person would be expected to use the product; and (3) safety experts to evaluate unusual risks of harm to users in a variety of circumstances.

Because of the extremely technical nature of the task of analyzing and proving that an individual, or property, was harmed by a defective product, these cases are complex, time consuming and expensive to pursue. Our firm has the experience and resources to see these cases through to a successful conclusion.

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