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Rhode Island Product Liability Lawyers

Product liability refers to civil cases in which a manufacturer or seller is held liable for a product defect that causes a consumer injury, illness, or property damage.

Product liability cases are surprisingly common, so it’s important to understand your rights as a Rhode Island consumer.

If you’ve been injured, the product liability lawyers at Gemma Law want to hear about it. Call 401-467-2300 or contact our Providence office.  

The initial consultation is always free and there are no obligations. Our legal team works on a contingent-fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless we win your case.

Product Injuries and Defective Products in Rhode Island

Injuries occur when an unsafe, defective or inappropriately labeled product is sold to consumers, resulting in illness, injury or death.

To minimize the harm caused to consumers, businesses have a responsibility to design, produce, and label all of their products according to industry standards, as well as state and federal regulations.

In fact, most products are part of an extensive distribution chain. When any part of the chain fails to uphold its responsibility to consumers, innocent people suffer harm and liable parties may be subject to a product liability lawsuit.

There are many commonly defective products, and it’s important to be aware of them as a consumer. Consumer goods commonly involved in product liability cases include:

Product Defects That Cause Injury

Generally speaking, product liability cases involve three types of defects. Specifically, these defects offer viable negligence claims under Rhode Island law:

  • Design defect – a defect that occurs during the design/planning stage and before
  • Manufacturing defect – a defect that occurs during the manufacturing process. A product with a manufacturing defect may have been designed properly to meet safety regulations, but mistakes in manufacturing caused the product to become defective or unsafe.
  • Failure to warn – in this case, there may not be an actual defect in the product itself. However, labeling or marketing information may not supply adequate warning to ensure safe use by consumers.

Product liability cases are exceedingly complex. Among other things, the plaintiff must meet the following defect, causation, and injury criteria to file a claim in Rhode Island:

  • Defect – the plaintiff must prove the product that caused the injury was defective
  • Causation – the plaintiff must prove the injury was a direct result of the defect
  • Injury – the plaintiff must prove he or she sustained actual damage (i.e., injury, financial loss, etc.)

Additionally, victims should be aware that in Rhode Island the time limit to initiate an injury claim is three years from the injury date. With only rare exceptions, claims made beyond this threshold are prohibited.

If you have questions about a product liability case, don’t wait to make the call. Call Gemma law at 401-467-2300 or contact us online.

Aggressive Representation for Rhode Island Consumers

The product liability lawyers at Gemma Law have more than 40 years of experience handling a wide range of injury claims including product liability cases.

Our attorneys understand that substantial investigation is necessary to establish a viable defective product claim, and we empathize with the many ways an injury can impact an individual and their family.

Our team of dedicated attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected so that you and your family are not left in financial ruin because of a defective product.

If you’ve suffered an injury, contact Gemma Law toll-free at 401-467-2300 or submit an online contact form and we’ll reach out to you.

Serving the Greater Providence metro area, including Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, North Providence, South Kingston, Coventry, Cumberland, Woonsocket, and East Providence.

Gemma law is the best and helped and guided me threw everything … highly recommended thank you so much
ellen almgren
ellen almgren
5 stars all the way. They did exactly what was expected. Good Job
Keith Ruggiero
Keith Ruggiero
Very efficient and very good with communicating with me. I received updates about my case without having to call and request them. Very good law office! Very satisfied.
Bethania Herrera
Bethania Herrera
Mark Gemma has been absolutely amazing. He was helpful and answered all concerns and questions I’ve had. Him and his team are beyond incredible, supportive, and sweet. I would like to thank them all for everything they’ve done.
Samantha Argus
Samantha Argus
very professional and honest, what I liked the most is whenever you call the lawyer returns your call with every concern I had. It was my first time and I would not hesitate to trust them again.
Diana Palacio
Diana Palacio
This team is extremely helpful and kind. Mark Gemma was a great help in guiding me through this whole process and was a huge help. I would recommend this team to anyone seeking legal counsel
Zachary Dustin
Zachary Dustin
I am so happy with the turnout of my case. Both Sarah and Peter kept me up to date on everything and worked very hard on my case. The whole staff is friendly and diligent with their work. 100% recommend!
Chelsie Abatiello
Chelsie Abatiello
Managed to get my money before Christmas...in just days after settling! Great communication and always helped with my needs, and always gave good advice. Would definitely recommend.
Trini Luckey
Trini Luckey
Always professional and always checking in on their clients. Excellent atmosphere.
Susan Hallam
Susan Hallam
After spending 8 hours in a hospital overnight to get stitches in my lip because of a drunk driver’s negligent decision to get behind the wheel, the last thing I wanted to do was think about it all. I sent an email to Gemma Law, and Mark Gemma quickly called me back with an empathetic approach to listening to my story and helping me figure out the next steps. When he told me I wouldn’t have to have any contact with the insurance companies, I was HOOKED! When he pointed out how unfortunate it was I might have to miss out on a lip modeling career from a potential scar from the stitches, I was SOLD! And when I finally received my settlement check after letting him do all the leg work while I just focused on recovering, I was and am eternally GRATEFUL! Mark Gemma helped me turn a near death experience into a new start in life and I highly recommend him to anybody needing a personal injury lawyer.
Angie Sherman
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