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Manufacturing & Design Defects in New Jersey

Maran & Maran PC Aug. 24, 2022

Product Liability TextProduct liability by definition is when something is either manufactured in a defective way or has been designed in a defective manner, which causes you harm. Often, it is the design or manufacture of a machine that causes your injury. The machine which has caused your injury could be anything from a machine used in the industrial process, to a ladder, an automobile, or a tool.

David Maran, a product liability attorney from Maran & Maran, PC located in Newark New Jersey can investigate your case and represent you while you take the time you need to recover from your injuries.

Manufacturing & Design Defects

In one example of manufacturing and design defects that we worked on, the ground of a large industrial molded plug failed and our client was electrocuted while operating a machine. When we X-rayed the plug, we were able to determine that the ground wire had looped up within the molded plug at the time of manufacture, instead of going straight into the ground pin.

Over time, the movement of the ground wire within that loop, much like the repeated bending of a paperclip, broke and withdrew from the ground pin. This is an example of defective manufacturing. Had the molded plug been made according to its design, it would not have failed.

In the same case, the machine could have been fitted with a GFI (ground fault interrupter) and was not. This would have been a larger version of the GFI plug at the end of a modern hairdryer. Had the design of this machine included the GFI, the machine would have immediately turned off when one of the motor windings shorted out, thereby preventing the electrocution of the man.

Despite the failure of the ground in the molded plug, the GFI would have saved him. This is an example of the defective design of a machine. Our product liability attorney team diligently represented this client to get the maximum compensation for their injuries in New Jersey.

Schedule a Free Legal Consultation with a NJ Products Liability Lawyer

If you have been injured by a product, and after you have obtained initial first aid, secure the product if you are able. If it is a machine owned by your employer ask your employer to secure the machine. The product which caused your injury is evidence; it must be preserved until the claim is concluded. Many times, if the evidence is lost, the case will be lost.

As soon as you are able, call David Maran, an experienced Newark product liability attorney to discuss your potential case in greater detail. In all likelihood, it will be necessary for an engineer to examine the product and ask you questions about how the accident occurred. It is this engineer who will prepare the expert’s report detailing how the product was either negligently manufactured or designed. Often preserving the evidence and choosing the best available and most appropriate expert will lead to the most favorable outcome for you. To schedule this important legal consultation, call 973-622-5303 today. We serve all of Newark and Essex, Union, Bergen, Middlesex counties and all of Northern New Jersey.