Maine Defective Products Attorney

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When you purchase a product, you expect it to be safe and effective for its intended use. In fact, the companies that make and sell products have a legal obligation to provide safe products. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured or even killed each year by defective consumer products.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a product, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to learn about the options available to you.

The Lewiston-Auburn defective product lawyers of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott believe that the manufacturers of dangerous products should be held accountable. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and pursue compensation against all responsible parties. Regardless of the circumstances, please take the time to discuss your case with us by calling (207) 784-3200 or contacting us online.

Our lawyers have experience with, and know the dangers of many types of defective products:

  • Automobiles
    • Crashworthiness
    • Lap belt only seatbelt
    • 5 passenger vans
    • Spare tire hold-down
    • Door hinges and latches
  • Home Appliances
    • Propane cooking appliance - fire
    • Propane wall furnaces – fire
    • Wood stoves
    • Windows
  • Garden Equipment and Tools
    • Riding lawn mowers flip over
    • Leatherman - lack of locking mechanism – severe laceration
  • Children's ATVs
  • Bicycle
    • Defective fork design
  • Guns
    • Spontaneous discharge of hunting rifle
    • Spontaneous discharge of Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol
  • Industrial & Farm Equipment
    • Underground oil tanks
    • Paper machine winder resulting in a hand injury
    • Defectively welded hydraulic cylinder on dump truck resulting in collapse
    • Agricultural chemicals - herbicides
    • Portable industrial stairs - fall
  • Clothing
    • Flammable clothing
  • Aircraft
    • Airplane engine failure in midflight
    • Landing gear
  • Medical
    • Inadequate warning on prescription drugs
    • Failed prosthetic devices

Product liability is the area of law that deals with consumer products that fail to perform in the intended manner, causing property damage or personal injury. Many types of products have been found to be defective by our courts, including faulty prescription drugs, appliances, medical devices, medical implants, tobacco and food.

Defects are classified based on when they occurred:

  • Defects that happen before the manufacturing process are known as design defects. These are flaws in the product’s design such that the product is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use.
  • Defects that happen during the manufacturing process are known as manufacturing defects. These are flaws in the finished product such that the product does not conform to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Defects that happen after the manufacturing process are known as marketing defects. These are flaws in the product’s instructions or warnings.

Anyone who has responsibility for a product can be held responsible for damage caused by that product. This includes the manufacturer of the product’s parts, the manufacturer that assembled the product, the wholesaler that sold the product to a retailer, and the retailer that sold the product to the buyer. Damages may include payment for medical expenses, long-term rehabilitation or disability, and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, dangerous products continue to be put on shelves before they are recalled. Even after a recall, they continue to be available from aftermarket sources such as eBay, Craigslist, and flea markets.

If you believe you or someone you love was injured or killed because of an unsafe product, contact the knowledgeable Maine defective product lawyers at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott. Since 1853, we have been an integral part of Maine, building strong relationships and contributing to the communities we serve. We fight to protect the rights of injured people and their families.

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 negligence claims on behalf of clients in Portland, Biddeford, Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, Rockland, and other Maine communities. Please call us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online.