Product Recall Lawyer in St. Louis
Get Legal Help If You’ve Been Hurt by a Recalled Product
There are many government organizations whose job it is to regulate the products that are in the marketplace. Product manufacturers are obligated to provide goods that do what they claim to do while not putting the consumer in harm’s way. When a product does pose a threat to consumers, it is the product manufacturer’s responsibility to warn potential clients through proper marketing efforts and labeling. When a product causes unexpected injuries, the governmental agency in charge of regulating the product may conduct an investigation and even force a recall. When a recalled product results in an illness or injury, the victim may pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered by filing an injury claim in Missouri.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of regulating all food products and drugs that are in the marketplace. Food items are typically recalled when they become contaminated. The food company responsible for the contamination may have to issue a recall on all of their products that may be dangerous to consumers. Other food recalls occur when a food company fails to warn consumers of the ingredients contained in the product. Consumers who are allergic to certain foods are particularly at risk in these types of cases.
The FDA conducts various investigations and recalls on drugs that cause harm to patients as well. Most powerful drugs come with possible side effects, but when a product begins to cause life-threatening illnesses and conditions, it should be recalled.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is in charge of protecting consumers from suffering “unreasonable risks” of injury or death from using products that are under the jurisdiction of the agency. When found to be defective, the CPSC recalls the following types of consumer products:
- Children’s toys that could pose a strangulation or choking hazard;
- Cribs that collapse and put babies at risk;
- Appliances that can cause a fire hazard;
- Items that can break easily and become a laceration hazard; and more.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) oversees all things vehicle-related. They issue recalls on vehicles and auto parks, such as brakes that fail to work, defective tires, and accelerators that stick. Among other auto products, this agency regulates defective seat belts, child seats, booster seats, and vehicle crashworthiness.
Rights of Injured Victims in Missouri
A product will not be recalled by any of these agencies until after it is considered defective. This often does not occur until after a number of people are injured, made ill, or even suffer wrongful death in Missouri. Victims who have suffered due to defective products may seek financial compensation for their loss by filing a product liability claim against the at-fault manufacturer. Damages that may be covered include all injury related medical bills, physical suffering, mental anguish, therapy fees, and time away from work.
Our reliable St. Louis personal injury attorneys know how to help injured victims of defective products get the compensation they need. We can help prove liability for an injury whether or not the product has been recalled. Contact one of our skilled lawyers today at (314) 322-8515 to discuss your legal options at absolutely no cost.