Product Liability

Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg’s Product Liability Practice Group has been representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers since 1968.  We have handled serious injury and death cases involving a broad range of products from outdoor power equipment of all types, to furnaces, boilers, and electrical appliances and tools to industrial machines, such as punch presses, saws, and conveyors.  We have served as national coordinating counsel for a large international manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for over thirty years.  This included assistance in the formation and management of a captive insurance company and claims investigatory service.

Our attorneys have successfully tried cases to verdict throughout the country, including some that have drawn national media coverage.  We are mindful of our clients’ business needs as we carefully balance an aggressive defense against the time and expense necessary to protect their business needs.  Our lawyers understand that legal counsel includes integrating a company’s engineering personnel and risk management into the process in order to maintain a successful team approach.  We also utilize alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and arbitration as a means to resolve disputes in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner.

In addition to the typical products liability cases, our attorneys have appeared before the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, implementing voluntary recalls and assisting companies through the Fast-Track Recall Notice process and implementing nationwide corrective action programs.  Our early intervention resulted in significantly reducing the nature, scope and expense of a product recall.