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Everyday, Americans purchase or use dozens of consumer goods—from make-up to refrigerators to cars, lamps, televisions, power tools and electric heaters. When we purchase a product, we expect it to meet certain safety standards. We also expect that the product’s manufacturer or seller has taken precautions to protect us from any potential harm. Unfortunately, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed by defective products every year.

If you have been injured by a consumer product, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced product liability attorney who can help you navigate what is required to build a strong case for compensation. The lawyers of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott are experienced product liability litigators. If you or someone you love has been injured by a product, we will help you understand your rights. Call us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online for a case evaluation.

Individuals who have become ill or have been injured by a consumer product may be entitled to monetary compensation. This compensation may include payment for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, long-term disability, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may be added on as punishment for companies whose actions have been particularly severe.

Sometimes products are sold in spite of known issues. Other times, defects become obvious only after a product has been used by consumers and caused injuries. If the design or manufacturing defect is widespread, a manufacturer can issue a recall, thereby admitting that the manufacturer knows the product is dangerous and unsafe. Of course, many manufacturers deny wrongdoing. At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we are capable of bringing to trial an array of defective product cases, such as those involving:

  • Children's toys;
  • Electric tools and equipment;
  • Electrical appliances;
  • Flammable clothing;
  • Heavy machinery;
  • Lead based products;
  • Medical devices;
  • Pharmaceuticals.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of food, human drugs, veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, and radiation-emitting electronic products. The FDA is also responsible for ensuring that these products are accurately and informatively represented to the public. While the FDA regulates a large portion of products, the agency has no jurisdiction over many household goods. Instead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 products. The CPSC works to reduce consumer injuries and also offers consumers a place to report unsafe products.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been a victim of a product defect, you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we have been an integral part of Maine since 1853, building strong relationships and contributing to the communities we serve. We fight to protect the rights of injured people and their families.

Defective products litigation is highly complex. At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we have a record of success in challenging defective product cases and we energetically work to achieve results for our clients. In addition to cases handled in the Lewiston-Auburn area, we are prepared to handle claims on behalf of clients in Portland, Biddeford, Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, Rockland, and other Maine communities. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. Please call us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online.