In modern society, there are hundreds of products that are vital to our daily lives. We need our refrigerators to keep our food fresh; we need our cars to get to and from work; we need our phones to contact clients and schedule important meetings. A defect in any of these products can cause serious inconveniences in our lives, and in some extreme cases, they could even cause death.
When people hear that products are faulty or defective, either by design or manufacturing mistake, they will likely wonder what products such terminology applies to. It may sound too good to be true, but the fact is that almost any product could be grounds for a product liability case as long as a fault or defect in the product has caused you harm. This applies even to medical devices such as pacemakers or metal hip replacements. As inhabitants of one of the largest cities in the country, there are undoubtedly many New Yorkers who make use of such medical devices.
Everyone knows that the law can be used to help victims of things like burglary and crime or to resolve disputes such as divorce or child custody, but some people might not know that legal protection extends to defective products as well. For example, if your water heater overheats and catches fire, it can deal significant damage to your house and property. You might just write this off as a freak accident, but if the water heater is poorly designed, you could be compensated for the damages.