Product Liability

The lawyers in the Vermont law firm Sylvester & Brow have a long history of representing consumers injured or killed by defective products such as automobiles and their component parts, boats, drugs, chemicals, medical devices, household products, farming equipment, flammable products, food, printing presses, power tools, diving boards and many other consumer, recreational, and industrial products.

Products liability cases are extremely complex and, therefore, require attorneys with skill and experience in that area. The products liability lawyers at Sylvester & Brow work closely with some of the most knowledgeable and renowned technical experts in the country and have a proven track record of significant recoveries on behalf of those injured by defective or unreasonably dangerous products.

Sampling of Products Liability Cases Handled By the Lawyers at Sylvester & Brow:

  • $2,800,000 recovery for wrongful deaths due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning caused by the defective condition and negligence in the manufacture, distribution and warning of a gas fired unit.
  • $1,800,000 recovery for wrongful death of the operator of a motor vehicle relating to the manufacture and distribution of automobile parts that were in a defective condition and unreasonably dangerous.
  • $1,750,000 recovery for injuries caused for failure to warn of the dangers of diving into an in-ground swimming pool that was in a defective condition and unreasonably dangerous to the user.
  • $1,500,000 recovery for injuries caused by a failure to warn of the unreasonably dangerous condition of an in-ground swimming pool and a diving board.
  • $500,000 recovery due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning for failure to properly warn of the dangers relating to the installation of the gas fired hot water boiler.
  • $350,000 settlement for injuries caused by a defective condition and unreasonably dangerous printing press.
  • United States Federal District Court jury verdict in a case alleging pajamas worn by a young plaintiff were unreasonably dangerous and in a defective condition due to their inflammability. Defendant claimed they were safe as they passed the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act. Plaintiff countered by proving the New York Times also passed the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act.
  • United States Federal District Court jury verdict for injuries sustained by a bus driver who was driving in the passing lane of the interstate when he was blinded by a fog-type cloud of mist from a State snowplow that was spewing hot hydraulic oil onto the cold pavement. Plaintiff alleged and proved the hydraulic system was in an unreasonably dangerous and defective condition which caused the system to fail.

If you or your loved one has suffered a personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a defective or unreasonably dangerous product, feel free to contact us via our inquiry form or call collect at 802-864-5723 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation with one of our lawyers.

Vermont Law Pertaining To Products Liability

Vermont has adopted the doctrine of strict products liability as embodied in Restatement (Second) of Torts § 402A. This section provides as follows:

1. § 402A. Special Liability Of Seller Of Product For Physical Harm To User Or Consumer.

1. One who sells any product in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer or to his property is subject to liability for physical harm thereby caused to the ultimate user or consumer, or to his property, if

a. the seller is engaged in the business of selling such a product, and

b. it is expected to and does reach the user or consumer without substantial change in the condition in which it is sold.

2. The rule stated in Subsection (1) applies although

a. the seller has exercised all possible care in the preparation and sale of his produce, and

b. the user or consumer had not bought the product from or entered into any contractual relation with the seller.

Please contact us via our inquiry form or call collect at 802-864-5723 to discuss whether you have a claim resulting from a dangerous or defective product. We provide our services on a Contingency Fee basis. This means there are no legal fees until you recover.

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