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In product liability claims, a consumer holds a manufacturer or seller liable for producing or selling a product that is purportedly defective or dangerous and has caused severe injury or death. Any manufacturers or sellers within the product’s supply chain may be liable. There are three types of product defects that may induce a liability lawsuit: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Because there are no federal product liability laws, claims are based on state laws.
Personal injury law covers situations in which an individual’s body has been injured or mental state altered due to another person’s negligence. In some instances, the injuries have resulted in death. Cases are initiated when the injured party files a civil complaint against the person or organization whose actions caused harm. Each state has its own statute of limitations on personal injury ranging from one to six years. The plaintiff must file their lawsuit within this period.
Business law encompasses a range of legal disciplines pertaining to the creation and operation of a business. It includes starting, buying, or selling a business, contracts and sales, protection of intellectual property, employment law, regulatory compliance, tax law, real estate, and more. With so many legal issues to navigate around, the success of an organization is often dependent upon the knowledge and experience of its counsel.
Medical Malpractice & Pharmaceutical
Medical malpractice liability covers cases in which a patient holds a doctor, nurse, hospital or government agency liable for a negligent act or omission by a medical professional resulting in an incorrect diagnosis, improper treatment, or treatment without consent. Pharmaceutical malpractice lawsuits involve the injury of an individual by prescription medications that were improperly prescribed or filled, produced negative long-term effects, or were part of a drug recall.
Under premises liability, a property owner or resident may be held responsible for injuries sustained by a visitor as a result of entering the property. For liability, there must be proof that the property owner or resident was negligent in the maintenance of the property and did not show reasonable care in ensuring safe conditions. Premises liability cases include slips and falls, insufficient maintenance, negligent or limited security, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, elevator or escalator hazards, and more.
Employment & Contract Law
Employment law oversees the rights and responsibilities of workers and their employers, ensuring safety and fairness. Also known as labor law, it is based upon state and federal laws, as well as the terms and obligations agreed upon by both parties in an employment contract. Common issues include discrimination in hiring, promotion or termination, sexual harassment, unfair labor practices, family and medical leave, workplace conditions, safety standards, privacy, and more.