Product Liability Attorneys in Virginia, Maryland & DC
Representing Injured Consumers Across the Country
Children and adults across the U.S. use countless products every single day. Motor vehicles, home appliances, electronics, toys, construction materials, safety equipment, and many other products influence our personal and professional lives. We rely on them to work properly and to be reasonably safe to use, but some defective and inherently dangerous products are sold to consumers and cause serious harm.
Have you been injured by a defective product? If so, the product liability attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel may be able to assist you in taking legal action against the at-fault manufacturer, distributor, or retailer. Our firm has a long history of fighting for the injured that extends back to 1953. We have recovered over $1 billion for our clients and are prepared to see how we can help you.
Call (800) 674-9725 for a free review of your product liability claim. We serve injured consumers across Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
Types of Product Defects
If it is defective, any type of product can cause harm. This may include a booster seat that does not buckle into a car properly, causing it to come loose in a car accident, a children’s toy that contains lead, causing lead poisoning, or an airbag that does not deploy in a collision, causing catastrophic injuries to a driver or passenger.
There are three primary types of defects affecting consumer products in the U.S.:
- Manufacturing defects, which occur when a product is improperly manufactured. A broken latch on the booster seat mentioned above may be a manufacturing defect, if it was built that way.
- Design defects, which affect the design and inherent safety of the product. In the same example involving the booster seat, if the seat was designed without a latch that would properly buckle it into a vehicle, this may be considered a design defect.
- Marketing defects, which may include failures to warn, improper instructions for use, or improperly marketing a product. If the booster seat in our example did not contain proper instructions for installation, and a child was injured as a result, that may provide grounds for a viable product liability action.
Our product liability attorneys have experience representing individuals who have suffered injuries due to defects in products such as:
- Medical devices
- Motor vehicles
- Child products and toys
- Industrial equipment
- Consumer and household products
- Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices
- Recreational products
Strict Liability in Defective Product Claims
If a product is defective, the manufacturer (or other at-fault party) may be held strictly liable for resulting injuries or losses. This means that the plaintiff (the injured party) would not need to prove negligence or intentional wrongdoing in order to pursue compensation.
In a strict product liability claim, the plaintiff must prove:
- The product was defective; and
- The victim suffered quantifiable harm as a result of the defect.
With our experience in litigating cases of this nature, our product liability lawyers know how to develop compelling evidence that proves accountability and maximizes our clients’ recoveries.
Injured by a Defective Product? Call Ashcraft & Gerel Today!
Whether you are in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia, you can find trusted product liability counsel in the attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel. Lawsuits involving defective and dangerous products often require facing off against large corporations with considerable resources to counteract our claim. With resources of our own, we are prepared to go to battle and pursue the highest amount of compensation possible – no matter the opponent or odds.
Pharmaceutical Negligence $46 Million
Brain Injury Due to Defective Medical Device $16 Million
Injuries Caused by Mining Disaster $11 Million
Injuries to Foster Child From Abuse - Gov’t Agency $10 Million
Injuries Due to Negligent Operation of Train $6.1 Million
Child Injured at Birth - Umbilical Cord Compression $5.4 Million
Injured by Defective Helmet & Negligent Track Employees $3.5 Million
Child Injured at Birth – Deprived of Oxygen $2.9 Million
Injured Forklift Operator $2.5 Million
Burns from Flammable Bathrobe $2 Million
Our legal team understands what you are going through and is committed to defending your rights against powerful businesses and insurance carriers.
Committed to the Community
Our advocacy extends beyond the courtroom through our extensive involvement in the community and support for positive change within our industry.
Fearless Advocacy When You Need It
Our experienced legal team is not afraid to go to trial in order to maximize the recovery that our clients desperately need and rightfully deserve.
Respected within the Legal Field
Our esteemed attorneys are highly regarded within the legal community and even command respect from adjustors and defense counsel.
At the Forefront of Major Litigation
Our legal team has spearheaded litigation on behalf of injured clients in many high-profile cases, including major disasters, explosions and sexual abuse cases.
A Long Legacy of Successful Results
Since its founding in 1953, Ashcraft & Gerel has obtained more than a billion dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for injured clients.