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Shrewsbury, NJ - Main office

655 Shrewsbury Ave, Suite 314

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Monday to Friday - 8:30am -5:30pm

Evening and weekend appointments 

available upon request

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Freehold, NJ

25 Monument  St Freehold, NJ 07728

Monday to Friday - 9:00am -5:00pm

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Linwood, NJ

2020 New Rd Linwood, NJ 08221

Monday to Friday - By appointment only

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PRODUCT LIABILITY

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Product Liability Attorneys in New Jersey

The manufacturers, designers, and sellers of products have an obligation to sell a product that is reasonably fit, suitable or safe 

for its intended purpose. A product that does not meet this standard is defective. Products may be defective for a number of reasons, including a design defect, a manufacturer’s defect, and a failure to warn of a danger. It is important to consider legal action if you 

or a loved one is injured by a product. Shebell & Shebell is an experienced law firm ready to fight for your rights and future. 

If a product you bought has injured you and you believe it was caused by negligence, contact our firm.

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Design defect

Products may be defective because the designer did not account for safety during the design and testing phase. This is called a design defect case. To succeed in such a case, an injured person must prove the existence of a feasible, safer alternative design that does not impair the use of the product.

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Manufacturer defect

Products may be defective because they do not meet the manufacturer’s design specifications or were not made of the same quality 

as other products that came off the same assembly line. A manufacturer defect case involves a product that did not follow the explicit directions of the designer and caused a customer harm.

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Failure to warn

Products may also be defective because of a failure to warn people of dangers in the use of the product. Some products have dangerous characteristics. In those cases, the manufacturer or seller must provide adequate, easily understandable warnings and instructions about how to best avoid the danger.

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Product liability laws in New Jersey

New Jersey’s product liability laws protect people injured by defective products by making the manufacturer or seller strictly liable 

for personal injuries. The law presumes that the manufacturer or seller had knowledge of the defect at the time of sale. However, the injured person must prove that the defect existed when the product was in the hands of the seller.

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Assessing your NJ product liability case

When we first consider taking on a product defect case, we ask ourselves some basic and fundamental questions when we examine whether or not to undertake a products liability case.

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  • Would a Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) performed by a company’s safety and design engineers have led the 

   manufacturer to a safer design?

  • Did the manufacturer consider a safety engineering hierarchy: 

 (1) Eliminate the hazard, if possible; (2) guard against the hazard, if  the hazard cannot be eliminated, and; 

 (3) if guards are not possible without impairing the use of the product, then the manufacturer must adequately warn about the dangers.

  • If the manufacturer provided a guard, was it effective, or could an employer or user easily remove or modify?

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Working with a range of experts to prove your case

New Jersey law generally requires expert testimony, if the type of engineering analysis needed to prove a defect is beyond the understanding of the ordinary juror. In most cases, an expert witness must state a conclusion about the defect before a jury can even hear the case.

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Before we take a case, we will collaborate with our network of engineers to assess the defectiveness of a product. Most importantly, we always want to understand why the product is defective. In the event we obtain expert conclusions that a product is dangerous and defective, we will file a lawsuit with the intention that the case will eventually be tried in front of a jury. Often, manufacturers refuse to settle product liability cases. If they do, it is under confidential terms.

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Examples of defective products

Cars and machines break and malfunction. Defective drugs cause unthinkable harm. Chemicals burn and poison victims, causing devastating injuries and tragic deaths to families and children. When negligence runs rampant, products for the home and for work can cause terrible injuries and even death. Sometimes a freak accident happens because a manufacturer put profits over safety.

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Many industries have been taken to court repeatedly for seriously injuring the American public with defective and toxic products. Lawsuits often have the effect of bringing public attention to serious health dangers. Juries have the awesome power to hold a corporation accountable, and force manufacturers to either make products safer or to remove dangerous products from the marketplace altogether.

PRODUCT LIABILITY

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The manufacturers, designers, and sellers of products have an obligation to sell a product that is reasonably fit, suitable or safe for its intended purpose. A product that does not meet this standard is defective. Products may be defective for a number of reasons, including a design defect, a manufacturer’s defect, and a failure to warn of a danger. It is important to consider legal action if you or a loved one is injured by a product. Shebell & Shebell is an experienced law firm ready to fight for your rights and future. If a product you bought has injured you and you believe it was caused by negligence, contact our firm.

​

Design defect

Products may be defective because the designer did not account for safety during the design and testing phase. This is called a design defect case. To succeed in such a case, an injured person must prove the existence of a feasible, safer alternative design that does not impair the use of the product.

​

Manufacturer defect

Products may be defective because they do not meet the manufacturer’s design specifications or were not made of the same quality as other products that came off the same assembly line. A manufacturer defect case involves a product that did not follow the explicit directions of the designer and caused a customer harm.

​

Failure to warn

Products may also be defective because of 

a failure to warn people of dangers in the use of the product. Some products have dangerous characteristics. In those cases, 

the manufacturer or seller must provide adequate, easily understandable warnings and instructions about how to best avoid the danger.

​

Product liability laws in New Jersey

New Jersey’s product liability laws protect people injured by defective products by making the manufacturer or seller strictly liable for personal injuries. The law presumes that the manufacturer or seller had knowledge of the defect at the time of sale. However, the injured person must prove that the defect existed when the product was in the hands of the seller.

​

Assessing your NJ product liability case

When we first consider taking on a product defect case, we ask ourselves some basic and fundamental questions when we examine whether or not to undertake a products liability case.

​

• Would a Failure Mode Effects Analysis 

  (FMEA) performed by a company’s safety 

  and design engineers have led the  

  manufacturer to a safer design?

• Did the manufacturer consider a safety  

  engineering hierarchy: 

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(1) Eliminate the hazard, if possible; 

(2) guard against the hazard, if the hazard  

     cannot be eliminated, and; 

(3) if guards are not possible without 

     impairing the use of the product, then the 

     manufacturer must adequately warn 

     about the dangers.

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If the manufacturer provided a guard, was it effective, or could an employer or user easily remove or modify?

​

Working with a range of experts 

to prove your case

New Jersey law generally requires expert testimony, if the type of engineering analysis needed to prove a defect is beyond the understanding of the ordinary juror. In most cases, an expert witness must state a conclusion about the defect before a jury can even hear the case.

​

Before we take a case, we will collaborate with our network of engineers to assess the defectiveness of a product. Most importantly, we always want to understand why the product is defective. In the event we obtain expert conclusions that a product is dangerous and defective, we will file a lawsuit with the intention that the case will eventually be tried in front of a jury. Often, manufacturers refuse to settle product liability cases. If they do, it is under confidential terms.

​

Examples of defective products

Cars and machines break and malfunction. Defective drugs cause unthinkable harm. Chemicals burn and poison victims, causing devastating injuries and tragic deaths to families and children. When negligence runs rampant, products for the home and for work can cause terrible injuries and even death. Sometimes a freak accident happens because a manufacturer put profits over safety.

​

Many industries have been taken to court repeatedly for seriously injuring the American public with defective and toxic products. Lawsuits often have the effect of bringing public attention to serious health dangers. Juries have the awesome power to hold a corporation accountable, and force manufacturers to either make products safer or to remove dangerous products from the marketplace altogether.

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OFFICE HOURS & LOCATIONS

Phone : (732) 663-1122

Fax : (732) 663-1144

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Shrewsbury, NJ - Main office

655 Shrewsbury Ave, Suite 314

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Monday to Friday - 8:30am -5:30pm

Evening and weekend appointments available upon request

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Freehold, NJ

25 Monument St

Freehold, NJ 07728

Monday to Friday - 9:00am -5:00pm

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Linwood, NJ

2020 New Rd

Linwood, NJ 08221

By appointment only

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