Defective Products & Products Liability

The law of products liability recognizes that when a company makes money by selling a defective and dangerous product, it should be responsible to take care of any individual consumer who is harmed by that danger.

Product liability cases often pose difficult technical questions, and product sellers and manufacturers sometimes seem willing to spend endless amounts of money defending lawsuits. At Garmey Law, our team is up to the challenge. Our Maine product liability lawyers understand that the consequences of using a dangerous product are serious and sometimes deadly.

At Garmey Law, our product liability and defective products lawyers have the experience it takes to try and win tough product cases, and have decades of experience successfully representing clients with serious injuries caused by unsafe products. From the beginning of a case to its end, we work with a network of premier experts from across the country to make sure we can explain to the jury why, and how, our client’s injury could have been avoided.

Companies should never be allowed to cut corners when it comes to safety. We don’t shy away from a tough case or tough opponent, especially when it comes to fighting to make sure our injured clients get the compensation they deserve.


Types of Defective Products Cases

We handle all types of products liability and defective products cases, including:

  • Medical devices and products
  • Boats
  • Cars
  • RVs
  • ATVs
  • Elevators and escalators
  • Tools
  • Toys and children’s products
  • Farm equipment
  • Health products
  • Household items
  • Heaters and appliances
  • Furniture
  • Sports and recreation equipment
  • Industrial equipment and heavy machinery


Like other plaintiff’s firms, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients never pay us a dime unless we win them money. And, no matter how big or small your case is, we work hard to put as much money in your pocket as possible. For us, it’s part of our pride in what we do.

Commonly Asked Questions

Employers may try as hard as they can to keep their workers safe, but they can’t do that when they are unaware of the hidden dangers of a machine or device.  Products liability law allows injured workers to sue a manufacturer or seller who profited from the sale of a dangerous product to the worker’s employer. Thus, although Worker’s Compensation statutes often mean that an employee cannot sue his or her employer, a person injured at work by an unsafe product should still investigate a product’s liability claim.

Products can be unsafe for many reasons, each of which can form the basis of a product liability claim. Manufacturing defects are the result of an error in manufacturing that makes it so that the defective product does not conform to specifications or the expectations of the manufacturer. Design defects are flaws in the design of the product that put a consumer at risk of harm. Warnings and marketing defects exist where a company did not disclose or educate users about the potential risks and hazards of a product.

In any product liability case, a manufacturer is held to the standard of an expert in the field of the manufactured product. Although a defect may have been unintentional, that does not absolve the manufacturer of liability.

While there is no set timeline for all product liability cases, your product liability case might take a few months to a few years to resolve, depending on the unique circumstances and complexity of the case. When you work with our Maine product liability lawyers, we will gather all of the important information and proceed in a manner that meets your needs. Our number one priority is getting you closer to the life you knew before your product liability accident. We will work with you to try to expedite the process whenever we can, while also making sure to maximize the money you recover through settlement or verdict.

Case Studies

  • Secured a $3 million settlement for the family of Tucker Smith, an 8-year-old boy who was killed by a dangerous elevator at a country inn in Maine. The settlement included a national safety campaign and the installation of more than 4,000 protective guards on dangerous elevators.
  • Won a $4.2 million jury verdict on behalf of Claire Brown, whose husband died while driving a forklift at a Sanford company. The manufacturer of the forklift failed to warn operators of a fatal design flaw that had killed and injured dozens of workers.
  • Secured a $1 million settlement for a Maine rancher injured when the safety guard on his farm equipment failed
  • Secured a $2.5 settlement for a Massachusetts man who was injured by a recreational vehicle that did not have proper safety mechanisms

How Our Maine Lawyers Can Help

Standing up for clients in product liability cases is one of the hallmarks of our firm. Our lawyers win multi-million dollar verdicts against manufacturers of dangerous products. We refuse to be scared off by bully tactics, and no opponent is too big for our legal team to engage. Contact our Portland, Maine-based lawyers today for a free consultation.