Salt Lake City Product Liability Attorney

We Fight for People Hurt by Faulty Products in Salt Lake City


Defective drugs are among Utah’s most serious, most common, defective products. Economics is usually to blame. Drug companies spend about $2.8 billion on research and development before a new drug hits the market. These companies need to sell as many pills as possible to recover these costs and show a tidy profit. As a result, they often take shortcuts. These shortcuts hurt people.

Hazardous drugs are not the only danger. Other defective products include medical devices, household cleaners, and various other products, many of which are probably in your garage, closet, or pantry. Because a defective product can hurt so many people at once, the law holds manufacturers to a higher standard of care. More on that is below.

These companies have nearly unlimited resources and hire high-priced lawyers to contest these claims. Only an experienced Salt Lake City product liability attorney from Strong Law can level the playing field. Our team gets to work quickly, by evaluating your case and collecting evidence that supports your claim. Next, we assemble a team of top experts who convince jurors to award maximum compensation. Throughout the entire process, we proactively communicate with you, so you are never in the dark.

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Why Choose Us

Defective product claims are incredibly complex. Usually, federal courts consolidate mass tort claims, at least for pretrial purposes. So, not just any Salt Lake City personal injury attorney can handle these cases. Instead, a Salt Lake County products liability attorney must have the right balance of:

  • Accessibility: Overly accessible lawyers are a red flag. There is probably a reason the attorney has few clients and can meet you at the drop of a hat. However, victims should also avoid large law firms. These big firms often delegate most or all of the work in a case to non-lawyer paralegals.
  • Dedication: Attorneys who only handle defective product claims often have narrow views of these cases. At the other end of the scale, victims should avoid attorneys who handle a few defective product cases on the side. Instead, a victim needs an attorney with the right combination of dedication and diversity.
  • Experience: Many attorneys boast about their years of experience, which is an important trait. Unfortunately, many of these lawyers are only experienced in quickly settling cases and taking the uncomplicated way out. Once again at the other end of the scale, attorneys who insist on trials are usually poor negotiators. Victims need attorneys with advocacy and negotiating skills.

Our Salt Lake City defective product lawyers check all these boxes at Strong Law. Our 98 percent success rate speaks for itself.

Our lead attorneys, including Jed Strong, are not just pictures in advertisements. A senior attorney assumes direct responsibility for all the work done on your case. Additionally, our team is dedicated not just to defective product victims, but to all personal injury victims in Washington, Oregon, and Utah. Finally, we always prepare cases as if they will go to trial, but we also know how to negotiate favorable settlements as well.

How a Lawyer Helps

An attorney helps victims through every step of the pre-litigation and litigation process.

Foundational Matters

Dangerous drugs and other defective products often cause cancer and other long-term chronic, serious illnesses. So, we instantly connect victims with doctors who know how to diagnose and treat toxic exposure cancer, and other such diseases. These doctors ensure that victims get the treatment they need. These doctors also leave a paper trail which our Salt Lake County defective products lawyers can use to establish the number of damages in a case. More on that is below.

We always believe in trying the least-invasive method first. That means negotiating with companies before we file legal paperwork, to give these companies the chance to do the right thing. If they refuse to do so, we must take things to the next level, which means filing legal paperwork.

Determining Your Legal Options

Companies are strictly liable for the injuries their defective products cause. Evidence of negligence and recklessness is only relevant to the number of damages. Sometimes, our Salt Lake City defective products lawyers use the public nuisance theory in court. This theory, which has several moving parts, is the one many lawyers use in ongoing opioid lawsuits. Generally, however, we use two basic defective product legal claims.

Design Defect

Some people may remember the 1970s Ford Pinto. To compete against the other small cars that dominated the automobile market at that time, then-chairman Lee Iacocca famously told his engineers to design a car that did not cost a dime more than $2,000 and did not weigh an ounce more than 2,000 pounds.

The result was the Ford Pinto. To save money and weight, engineers put the gas tank outside the rear axle and did not cover it with any kind of protective layer. As a result, the gas tank often ruptured and exploded, even in low-speed rear-end collisions.

In a leaked memo, company executives decided paying lawsuit settlements was cheaper than making the Pinto safe. That is the classic example of putting profits before people and selling a defectively designed product.

Manufacturing Defect

More people may remember the 1990s Takata airbag saga. The first airbags appeared around the same time as the Pinto. By the 1990s, airbag technology had advanced rapidly, mostly because Takata built the ideal airbag.

Airbags are very well-designed. In a collision, the airbag must fully inflate in a heartbeat, but not explode. For decades, Takata used a stable chemical propellant that checked these boxes. However, this propellant was also expensive.

So, in the 1990s, Takata switched to ammonium nitrate. This highly volatile substance is the same compound Timothy McVeigh used in the Oklahoma City truck bomb. Ammonium nitrate is particularly unstable in hot, humid climates.

Predictably, Takata airbags began exploding during collisions, showering drivers with deadly shrapnel. The company then paid a huge fine and filed for bankruptcy. However, this saga continues. Experts believe that as many as fourteen million cars and trucks with defective Takata airbags are still on American roads.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Defective product victims who suddenly face serious chronic illnesses are understandably very confused about what happened to them. Answering a few frequently asked questions in one place usually clarifies this area.

What legally makes a product defective?

Design defects and manufacturing defects are the most common defective product injury claims in the United States.

A product has a defective design if it is unsafe. Some manufacturers do not include sufficient safety measures in their products. Other manufacturers, especially drug manufacturers, often put substances in their products without fully understanding, or caring about, the side effects of these substances.

Manufacturing defects usually happen when companies use cheap components. Manufacturers are usually responsible for any defects that occur during the manufacturing or shipping process.

Are companies liable for defective products?

Generally, companies are strictly liable for the injuries their defective products cause. This high legal standard usually means that victims are entitled to substantial compensation.

A few affirmative defenses, such as unforeseeable product misuse, are available in strict liability cases. However, these defenses only apply in a few situations.

Lack of causation is the most common defense in these cases. For every expert witness who testifies about a product’s hazardous nature, the company often produces another “expert” who testifies that the product is perfectly safe. So, only the most solid defective product claims hold up in court.

What is an example of a defective product case?

The Philips CPAP machine lawsuits are a good example of a defective product case. These machines, which sleep apnea victims use to get a restful night’s sleep, have a manufacturing defect that could cause cancer. Other recent examples of defective product claims include 3M combat earplugs and Roundup, both of which are design defect cases.

Building a Product Liability Claim

We usually start by collecting evidence that supports your claim. Causation is usually the key issue in defective product claims. Unless victims have substantial evidence on this point, their claims usually fail due to a lack of evidence.

Illness clusters are a good starting point. If many people who took Drug X develop cancer, there is a good chance that Drug X caused their cancer. Frequently, these companies know about these potentially serious side effects. But they suppress this information so they can continue selling pills and making money.

Cancer, and other such illnesses, usually have exceptionally long latency periods. Generally, by the time victims discover their illnesses, the injury statute of limitations, which is usually two years, has long passed. The discovery rule usually applies in these situations.

Assume Phil took Drug X for six months in 1990. In 2020, his doctor says he has cancer. In 2025, he sees a TV documentary about the link between Drug X and cancer.

In this case, the statute of limitations probably did not begin running in 2000 or even in 2020. Instead, the statute of limitations began running in 2025, when Phil knew the full extent of his injuries and he connected his damages with a company’s wrongful conduct.

The discovery rule varies in different states. Additionally, some states have a statute of repose that may cut off these claims much earlier. So, as soon as you learn about your illness and a possible connection to a defective product, it’s very important to contact a Salt Lake City defective products lawyer as soon as possible.

Next, as mentioned above, we assemble a team of expert witnesses that bolster the dangerous product-injury connection. Different states have different rules as to who qualifies as an expert. Usually, the expert must testify about facts, not theories, especially if those theories are not generally accepted in the scientific community. In most states, judges decide what experts are qualified to share their findings with jurors.

Determining Compensation

All this effort leads to maximum compensation for your serious injuries. Cancer and other serious illness treatments may cost tens of thousands of dollars a month. Additionally, most of these victims are so weak that they cannot work again. Compensation is available for all these economic losses.

Injury victims are also compensated for their emotional distress and other noneconomic losses. Usually, to determine such losses, a Salt Lake City defective products lawyer typically multiplies the economic losses by two, three, or four, depending on the facts of the case and a few other factors.

Additional punitive damages are generally available in defective product claims as well. Juries may award this compensation if there is clear and convincing evidence that the company intentionally disregarded a known risk. This punishes these companies and forces them to think twice before they put profits before people again.

Resolving a Claim

Most defective product claims settle out of court. Many of these claims settle during mediation, a process that occurs relatively late in the litigation cycle.

A third-party mediator, who is usually an unaffiliated Salt Lake City defective products lawyer, listens to arguments from both sides and then tries to engineer a settlement agreement. This process is about 90 percent successful in civil claims in Utah.

The nature of defective product claims makes the claims resolution process much more complicated and time-consuming.

As mentioned, most courts consolidate most mass tort claims. This consolidation could be pretrial Multi-District Litigation or whole trial class action litigation. Because of these additional complexities, an experienced Salt Lake City defective products lawyer is essential. Inexperienced lawyers who are unfamiliar with these processes quickly get overwhelmed.

Work With a Tough-Minded Salt Lake City Attorney

Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation, which is not easy to obtain. For a free consultation with an experienced defective products lawyer in Salk Lake City, contact Strong Law at 206-737-3496. We routinely handle defective product matters on a nationwide basis.

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Investigate the Accident

Gather evidence, interview witnesses, and assess the circumstances surrounding the accident to establish facts and liability.

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Determine the extent of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.


Engage in discussions with the opposing party or insurance companies to reach a fair settlement outside of court.


If negotiations fail, proceed to court where legal arguments and evidence are presented before a judge or jury for a final decision.

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Prior to representing accident victims, Jed worked for GEICO insurance company as one of its in-house attorneys – representing the insurance companies. After learning the inner workings of insurance companies, he quit and began representing accident victims.

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What Is the Value of My Case?

The value of an injury case depends upon many factors related to the extent of your injuries and any other losses associated with your claim. You may have medical bills, lost income, costs associated with pain and suffering, among other possible damages. To learn the possible value of your case, contact the team at Strong Law. In a free case evaluation, we’ll let you know how much your case may be worth.

What Are Your Hours?

Strong Law is open five days a week between 9am and 5pm. In addition, we offer after hours return calls, weekend calls, and online chat.

What Kinds Of Cases Are Personal Injury?

Call us to know for sure, but a good rule of thumb is when an “accident” that happened to you because of the acts of or misdeeds of another party. Examples are: Auto accidents; motorcycle accidents; semi-truck accidents; wrongful death; medical malpractice; slip, trip and fall; boating accidents, faulty equipment, nursing home abuse; and many others.

Will I Be Charged To Consult Or Talk With You?

No, not ever. Strong Law is a contingency personal injury firm offering specialized experience along with access when you need it. Our goal is to gain the best settlement and provide comfort in the process, so easy access to us is part of our best practices.

What Does Contingency Mean?

Contingency in a legal matter means an expense to the client based on the outcome of a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty. Said another way, Strong Law gets paid only if your case settles.

Can You Give Me An Assessment Of My Case?

Absolutely. While we cannot guarantee anything, nor do we imply a settlement, our willingness to take your case (and do it on contingency) is our voice that we feel your case has strong merit. After speaking with you, we can provide a merit assessment over the phone. However, we caution that accepting your case does not promise anything, your outcome is reflected in the law firm you choose.

What Should I Do If I’m Having Problems, Like Their Insurance Company Is Calling Me?

Always secure an attorney first. If you sign up with Strong Law now, you can advise their insurance company that you have representation and give them our name and contact information. From that time forward, they should not be contacting you again; it’s the law. If you do not sign with an attorney, like Strong Law, you will need to speak with them and represent yourself to resolve your injury. We strongly urge against this; insurance companies are skilled at ensuring their best interests over yours.

What Are Common Reasons For Insurance Injury Denials?

Make sure you receive medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident, otherwise insurance may argue your pain is from an unrelated incident.Insurance companies will be going out of their way to find some proof that the accident was your fault. Don’t be intimidated.If you have preexisting medical conditions that make you more likely to suffer an injury, it is not uncommon for insurance agencies to deny claims based on this.

How Long Does A Case Take To Settle?

It depends on many factors like medical care, future needs, evidence, proof of liability, and many others. Some cases take months while others can last a couple years. Ultimately, our goal is to represent you and what is going to be best for you in the long run.

Why Can Cases Last Years?

Because the law dictates it. There are many layers to make sure the insurance companies treat you with optimal care. For example, there will be time spent for medical treatments you might need. There is time to gather the needed medical reports and discover any long term impacts this injury will have on your life today and into the future. There is time for the other side to review our demands, research, and respond as well. It can feel like a long time, but we follow the law and strategize for the best benefit to you. We are with you the whole time.

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