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Combining forces in product defect cases

Generally speaking, courts could hold manufacturers liable in New York for products they make which result in a personal injury to you or someone you love. However, your path to proving fault may not be as direct as you hope, especially in cases involving powerful corporations. As you might surmise from the vast resources and international holdings of powerful automotive and aviation companies, attempts to prove a vehicle design defect's responsibility for wrongful deaths or injuries are typically difficult.

We often receive questions here at Kreindler and Kreindler about the feasibility of airline product and design defects claims. While each case is different, you might want to review this general information if you are curious about the subject. We often talk to our clients about consumer injury claims: a specific type of legal action that involves negligent or irresponsible acts by an entity allegedly resulting in injuries to many people. If you were to become involved in such a claim, you would potentially be presenting your case alongside hundreds of other people affected by the same product or design defect. You might visualize this process as a collection of overlapping facts that could reinforce a claim of negligence against a large company, leading eventually to an abundance of proof.

Another way we often encourage people to think about this type of claim is as a pooling of resources. If, hypothetically speaking, you were to join with many others in a claim of product deficiency, the combined funds might secure the valuable time of expert witnesses and large teams of attorneys.

If you are interested in the claims that groups are able to make against companies, you may also like to read about the legal power of individuals. To learn more about topics concerning group consumer action or individual alternatives against defective products, please take a look at our main resource pages on the subjects.

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