Consumers expect the products they buy to be safe for their intended use. Lawmakers think this should be the case, too, which is why product liability laws can be found in every state. In essence, product liability occurs when a manufacturer or seller causes an individual harm by providing the victim with a defective product. Those who suffer injuries from defective products, which can range from food items to cars and toys, can be left with serious damages. Victims may struggle to pay their medical expenses, they may experience lost wages, and they might have to cope with extensive pain and suffering.
When negligent doctors, nurses and the hospitals that employ them leave a patient harmed, they should be held accountable for their actions. Although errant medical professionals in New York may be punished by licensing boards and looked down upon by their peers, this does nothing to aid their victims in their pursuit of recovery. The damages suffered as a result of medical malpractice can be quite extensive. Victims may suffer physical and emotional pain and suffering, and their medical expenses may be exorbitant. Additionally, those victims who are so injured that they cannot work may lack the income needed to provide basic financial stability for themselves and their families.
Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Swiftly moving vehicles, when driven errantly, can turn into missiles of destruction. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and those in other motor vehicles can all be put in harm's way by a negligent driver. Although defensive driving may help some avoid these devastating car accidents, it isn't always enough.
Advances in medical technologies and treatments have truly reshaped today's health care industry. Many New Yorkers who may have once been left without any diagnosis and treatment options might now be able to have their pain reduced or eliminated, and their medical condition slowed or completely cured. Yet, an efficient and effective medical diagnosis and treatment is dependent upon a medical professional's competency. When a doctor fails to properly diagnose a medical condition, or commits a surgical error, medication mistake or some other form of negligence, then a victim may be left with significant damages.
Following the passing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the United States congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, as part of the United States Department of Labor to set safety guidelines for businesses and to provide resources to protect American workers. The administration's goals are to keep employees informed of their rights in the workplace and to make certain that employers follow the standards set by OSHA to provide their workers with an environment free of known dangers.