Consumers expect that products they purchase will be safe, reliable and do what they are supposed to do. Following directions and using them properly is a matter of personal responsibility. What happens, though, when you do everything right, but still suffer a loss of some kind from a dangerous product? New Jersey law provides legal remedies that can help.
After the obvious tasks are taken care of, such as medical treatment for injuries, discussing who might be responsible for the situation is a good place to start. In New Jersey, retailers and manufacturers can be held liable for injuries caused by defective products. An experienced evaluation of the facts will help to set the course for recovery.
An example of this is currently in the news. Reports are a New Jersey resident has filed a lawsuit against a major drug store chain. He alleges that store brand eye drops, used one time as directed, caused painful injury to his eyes. He alleges in his complaint that he has become disabled and disfigured as a result of a defective product.
The 48-year-old states he purchased the drops at a local drug store location, used them once, and his eyes became sore, swollen and formed pus-filled blisters. He alleges a bleach smell emanated from the bottle. After immediately water-flushing his eyes, he sought medical attention.
The suit seeks compensation for expenses and costs and punitive damages from the pharmacy, parent company and the manufacturer of the drops. According to his counsel, he has been unable to work in his profession because of the residuary pain and other ongoing effects of his injuries.
There are many factors to be considered when one faces the long-term ramifications of consumer injury. Lost wages, uncertain family financial security and emotional upheaval must be handled when life is upended this way. Holding accountable those proven to be responsible can help provide that support.
Source: The Record, “Suit: Fort Lee man claims he was ‘disfigured’ by CVS eye drops” Linh Tat, May. 19, 2014