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Defective Product Lawyers

Defective Product Lawyers in Elmira, New York

Welcome to the Products Liability webpage for Ziff Law Firm, LLP. Our attorneys are familiar with the physical, emotional and financial damage that a defective product can cause. We are a team of legal professionals that has provided skilled, aggressive and ethical legal services to residents of New York and Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. Our 10 lawyers permit us to offer a full-range of legal services, including experience with defective product cases. We have a proven track record of achieving great results on behalf of our clients.

If you have been injured or lost someone because of a dangerous product, you have the right to file a claim against the supplier or manufacturer of the product. Ziff Law Firm, LLP has a successful record of litigating product liability claims, and we can help you take action to receive monetary aid in your recovery.

In the course of our daily lives, we use a number of products. When used as directed, we rightly assume that the products we use are safe and reliable. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured or die each year because of dangerous products — from automobiles to insulation, to medical devices, to pharmaceutical drugs and supplements. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports over 22,000 deaths and 29 million injuries related to consumer products each year. Annually, consumer products cause over 500 billion dollars in deaths, injuries and property. We frequently hear of product recalls because of safety and design issues in motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, children’s toys and pajamas, and even the food we eat.

You may feel helpless or hopeless if you are one of the innocent people who has been injured, suffered property damage or tragically lost someone because of a hazardous product. However, you do have some control. Victims injured by faulty products have the right to seek compensation including economic damages (lost wages or medical expenses), non-economic damages (pain and suffering) and punitive damages (to punish reckless behavior). In addition to the monetary considerations of a favorable verdict, if you win your case you may find solace in the fact that those responsible for your situation will be brought to justice. Moreover, you will contribute to the public safety by making manufacturers accountable for safer and more dependable products.

The Path to Justice

When you file a product liability claim, you are suing the makers or sellers of injurious products. Anyone in the supply chain can be held responsible for damages including the manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer. When their product was brought to market, the manufacturers and distributors became legally obligated to provide a well-designed product that is reasonably safe when used as intended. “Strict liability” claims are the most common types of product liability suits and are designed to enable a person injured by a defective or unpredictably dangerous product to recover compensation without proving that the manufacturer or seller was actually negligent. To win a strict liability case, your attorney must demonstrate that:

  • The product had an “unreasonably dangerous” defect that caused your injury, and that the defect occurred in the product’s design, during its manufacture, or during shipping or handling.
  • The defect caused your injury even though you were using the product in the way the manufacturer said that it was intended to be used.
  • The product that caused damage had not changed “substantially” from its original sales condition.

Other forms of product liability claims are negligence (carelessness, recklessness or malice) or breach of warranty of fitness (damage directly resulting from inadequate product warning). Each of these types of suits has its advantages and disadvantages, and your attorney will recognize and recommend the avenue that offers the greatest chance of recompense. In some cases, your lawyer may opt to use a combination of the three.

While product liability provisions vary greatly from state to state, every jurisdiction requires proof that the product was defective. Your attorney will present one or more of the three types of defects that demonstrate liability:

  • Design defects — inbuilt defects that make the product flawed prior to its manufacture.
  • Manufacturing defects –problems that happen as the product is being built or produced.
  • Defect in warning — the manufacturer has failed to adequately instruct or warn consumers of the potential dangers in the product.

Timing is Everything

If you believe that you may have a product liability claim, it is important to seek the counsel of an attorney experienced in recovering damages. Time is of the essence because product liability suits are subject to a Statute of Limitations which specifies that a claim must be filed within a restricted timeframe. A successful verdict will help improve your quality of life as well as compel suppliers and manufacturers to improve the quality of their materials, increase product safety features, and provide thorough cautions regarding a product’s potential dangers.

If you need the advice or the assistance of a legal professional in your personal injury suit, please call Ziff Law Firm, LLP. We recognize the deep trust placed in us by our clients, and we strive to uphold that trust by working hard and fighting hard for our clients. We do the best we possibly can for every client on every case.

Our skilled team of lawyers knows the law, the legal process and victim’s rights. We can help you make informed decisions, so please call Ziff Law Firm, LLP at 1–800-806‑2852, or save time with our online Contact Form.


  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY