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Boston Product Liability Lawyer

Were you or a loved one injured because of a dangerous product in Boston, MA? You may have a valid product liability claim for your damages. An experienced Boston product liability lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. 

To get started, all you have to do is contact our law offices in Boston at (617)-391-9001 to schedule a free consultation today.

How Our Product Liability Attorneys Can Help You With Your Claim

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Product designers, manufacturers, and sellers have to take reasonable steps to make sure their products are safe. If they don’t, you can hold them responsible for damages. However, standing up to these large corporations is rarely easy.

An experienced Boston personal injury attorney can fight to get every dollar you deserve.

When you hire Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, you’ll have over 100 years of combined experience on your side. 

Our Boston product liability attorneys will:

  • Investigate to pinpoint why the product was so dangerous
  • Find out whether the company has been subject to any prior product recalls
  • Hire experts to prove the fair value of your injury claim
  • Stand up for you when the insurance company tries to blame you for using the product incorrectly
  • Negotiate to secure the highest possible financial settlement or verdict

For over a decade, our team has been dedicated to recovering fair compensation for injured consumers in Boston, Massachusetts. We’ve already secured millions for our clients. If you were hurt, our product liability lawyers are here to help you understand your legal rights and options.

We Handle All Types of Product Liability Claims in Boston

At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we handle all types of injury claims caused by defective consumer products.

This includes cases involving dangerous:

  • Children’s toys
  • Seat belts and airbags
  • Child safety seats
  • Medical devices
  • Prescription medications
  • Sport utility vehicles and other motor vehicles
  • 3M earplugs
  • Household appliances
  • Batteries 
  • Construction equipment
  • Tools and machinery
  • And more

Any party responsible for designing, manufacturing, or distributing the product might be responsible for your damages. If you were hurt, call our law firm today to schedule a free case review.

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What is My Boston Product Liability Case Worth?

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Massachusetts law offers strong protection for consumers who are hurt by dangerous products. Getting hurt can be expensive. You’re entitled to recover compensation for all of the expenses you incur for medical care, lost wages, and property damage.

You’re also entitled to damages for your intangible losses. There isn’t a simple formula to determine what your case is worth. Your attorney will investigate the circumstances and use the results to convince the insurance company of the fair value of your case.

Factors that might influence the overall value of your claim include:

  • The severity and permanence of the injury
  • When and whether you’ll be able to return to work–and whether you’ll be able to earn as much as you did before the accident
  • Whether the company who made or sold the product knew about the danger

It isn’t always easy to convince the insurance company to pay what you deserve. We’ll work with experts and specialists to strengthen your claim. If you’re ready to learn more, call our product liability attorneys in Boston, MA today.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Product Liability Victims?

At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, our goal is simple. We want to help you get the most compensation available for your injuries.

Under Massachusetts law, that means damages for both your economic and non-economic losses. 

We’ll fight to recover fair compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical expenses
  • Loss of your future earning potential
  • Physical therapy, rehab, and other types of care
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Damages for wrongful death
  • And more

Don’t undervalue your injury claim. Call an experienced Boston personal injury attorney who can fight to recover the full amount you deserve.

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We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All Injuries Caused by Your Defective Product

Dangerous products can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been hurt, you’re already suffering because of someone else’s mistake. You shouldn’t have to pay the financial price.

Our attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP will fight to win fair compensation for all of your injuries. We represent clients who have suffered:

If you or a loved one were hurt, don’t hesitate to get legal help today. We offer a free consultation so you can get quality legal advice without worrying about the cost.

How Do I Prove Liability in a Massachusetts Defective Product Case? 

Companies have a duty to make sure the products they sell are reasonably safe for the consumers who buy them. You might be able to hold the company that manufactured or designed the product strictly liable if they put a dangerous product on the market.

That means you don’t have to show the company was negligent. If you suffer an injury due to a defective product, you might have a product liability claim based on a manufacturing defect, design defect, or marketing defect.

Manufacturing Defects 


Manufacturing defects involve flaws in the manufacturing process. In other words, the product is safe by design–and would have been safe had it been put together according to that design. Instead, the product becomes dangerous because of a mistake made during the manufacturing process.

For example, if the product manufacturer used the wrong type of screw to assemble a product, that product could become unreasonably dangerous. Similarly, if the wrong wiring configuration was followed in assembling a product with an electrical component, the product could be defective.

Design Defects

In a design defect case, the product is put together correctly. However, the designer can be held liable if the product was unreasonably dangerous by design. Establishing liability based on design defects can be complex. 

The following questions will be relevant:

  • Did the company know about the risk and sell the product anyway?
  • Was a safer design available?
  • Would the product achieve the same results with the safer design?
  • Would that safer design be cost-effective?
  • Would the benefits of the safer design outweigh any additional costs?

For example, assume a car manufacturer knew that an SUV’s design created an unreasonable risk of rollover accidents. If a safer, reasonable design was possible, they’re required to adopt that design.

Sometimes it’s impossible to eliminate all risks associated with a certain product. If a safer design isn’t possible, the company is required to clearly disclose those risks to consumers.

Marketing Defects

Burned product

Marketing defects claims are also known as “failure to warn” cases. In these cases, there aren’t any problems with the product’s design or how it’s put together. Instead, the company can be held liable for failing to disclose any dangerous aspects of the product.

A company can be held responsible if:

  • They knew, or reasonably should have known, about a danger in the product
  • They failed to warn consumers about the danger, whether by affixing warning labels or including adequate instructions
  • You were hurt because of the missing warnings

For example, drug manufacturing companies can be held financially responsible if they fail to warn patients about potential side effects of the drug.

Breach of Warranty

Under Massachusetts product liability laws, companies can also be held liable for breach of warranty. Every product sold in Massachusetts comes with something called an implied warranty of merchantability

That means that the seller promises that the product will be reasonably safe for its intended use. To prove liability, you have to show:

  • The company sold you the product (or leased it)
  • Your use of the product was reasonably foreseeable or you used the product as intended
  • The product was somehow defective
  • You were hurt because of the defect

Note that it’s not always strictly necessary to prove you used the product exactly as intended. Companies can sometimes be liable even if you misused the product, as long as the use was reasonably foreseeable.

Massachusetts’ Product Liability Laws – Comparative Negligence in Product Liability Claims

Under Massachusetts personal injury law, comparative negligence is an affirmative defense in which the defendant must prove the plaintiff’s carelessness at trial. Massachusetts follows a modified comparative negligence rule outlined in statute G.L. Ch. 231 Section 85. This rule states that a plaintiff can only receive damages if their proportion of fault for the incident is 50% or less. If found partially at fault, their damages award is reduced by that proportion. 

Manufacturers and sellers who produce and distribute defective products will often seek measures they can use to diminish their responsibility for the harm caused by their defective products. Using a comparative negligence defense, they can argue that the plaintiff was somewhat to blame for their injuries because they mishandled the product, failed to follow the directions, modified the product, or otherwise acted negligently. 

If the defective goods violated the warranty of merchantability, a consumer safeguard that comes standard with any sold product, the comparative negligence argument is not accepted. This warranty guarantees that the product will perform as expected for its intended purpose. The merchant is responsible for preventing the release of any goods that are defective and pose an unreasonable risk to the user or consumer.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Product Liability Case in Massachusetts?

Filling product liability form

You have three years to file a product liability lawsuit under Massachusetts state law. The clock on this statute of limitations generally starts to run on the day you were injured.

Your limitations period could be shorter or longer, depending on the facts of your case. Sometimes, the clock is stopped–or “tolled”–if you didn’t know what caused your injuries right away.

For example, if you were hurt because of a dangerous drug, it could take a while to find out what caused your injuries.

If you have questions about how the statute of limitations might impact your injury claim, call our law firm right away. We’re always available to sit down with you and discuss your options.

Contact a Product Liability Lawyer in Boston, MA for a Free Consultation

Were you injured because of a defective product in Boston? Call an experienced product liability lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law for a free consultation today. We’ll fight to recover the total and fair compensation you deserve. 

Our Boston Attorney Erin E. McHugh defends clients injured in product liability accidents and has a track record of obtaining significant settlements for her clients. Start pursuing the compensation you rightfully deserve. Call (617) 391-9001 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our Boston attorneys.

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