$73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury
The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.
Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury
The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.
$16 Million Truck Accident
Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.
$14 Million Dram Shop Liability
Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.
13 Million Work Injury
Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.
13 Million Truck Accident
Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.
What Is a Defective Product?
When you’re filing a product liability claim, knowing how the product became defective can help you. There are a few stages where negligence can occur when the product is being made. There are a few different defect categories recognized in New Mexico.
Let’s take a look at the three defects that New Mexico law recognizes as having the potential of being unreasonably dangerous, including:
- Manufacturing Process Errors
- Design Defect or Flaw
- Failure To Warn/Instruction Error (Marketing Defect)
What Are Manufacturing Defects?
A manufacturing defect can occur if the manufacturer tries to cut corners to save money. This could mean that the manufacturing company uses cheaper materials or that the negligent manufacturer doesn’t put the product under as many tests as it should.
When there’s a manufacturing error, the product could become damaged during the process. If there is a manufacturing error, it could mean one product or a particular batch of products is defective.
What Are Design Flaws?
When there’s a design flaw, it means there is something wrong with the product that could cause it to malfunction immediately or break down over time. One potential danger of a design flaw is the product catching on fire or short-circuiting. A person using the defective product could get an electric shock. Its user could also suffer a burn injury if the dangerous product started a fire.
What Are Failures To Warn?
Most products have packaging that lists instructions on how to use it and includes warnings that inform consumers of dangers that may not be obvious. If large corporations fail to disclose the dangers a product poses when marketing it or don’t put a warning on the packaging about an issue they knew could arise, then they’re putting consumers in harm’s way, and this could lead to a consumer getting hurt.
When a manufacturer does provide instructions, they must also be clear. If there is missing information or the instructions feature confusing graphics, it could result in a consumer thinking the insufficient instructions were telling them to use the product in a certain way that causes harm.
Careful investigation of the defective product, how it was manufactured, and your injuries will give your Albuquerque, NM liability lawyer a picture of how the accident occurred. A product liability lawyer from our New Mexico office will gather as much evidence as possible to show how the item was defective. Your attorney will also establish how the manufacturer assumes strict liability, or legal responsibility, for the injuries caused.
Conducting this thorough investigation is critical when injured consumers want to pursue damages as part of a product liability claim. Calculating damages is the first step to recover compensation, such as lost wages and medical treatment costs, in a product liability lawsuit case.
Legal Help a Product Liability Lawyer in Albuquerque, NM Provides
In New Mexico, you must be able to prove the following four points to show that the company exhibited negligence with their product and that thus, you’re owed compensation. The product liability attorneys at Buckingham & Vega Law Firm will gather the evidence necessary to prove: