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Product and Premises Liability, Including Toxic Torts

Jones Carr McGoldrick is a recognized leader in product and premises liability defense with decades of success in some of the most plaintiff-friendly venues nationwide. Our attorneys have the experience, analytical skills, and available resources to persuasively present complex, technical, scientific and industrial information, whether the audience is an executive board, an arbitration panel, a judge or a jury. We understand the legal and business needs of companies facing product and premises liability claims and work with our clients to protect those interests. Our team combines exceptional courtroom talent with focused industry and technical knowledge to be fervent and effective advocates for our clients.  We have defended product and premises claims nationwide, including: 

Chemicals:

  • Industrial solvents
  • Thinners and paint-related chemicals
  • Petroleum distillates and petroleum-based chemicals
  • Perchloroethylene (“PERC”) and trichloroethylene (“TCE”)
  • Benzene, toluene and xylene
  • Methylene chloride (dichloromethane) and vinyl chloride (chloroethene)
  • Heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium and lead
  • Chloroform and carbon tetrachloride
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Glyphosate and other herbicides
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene (p-DCB) and other insecticides

Industrial:

  • Silica
  • Asbestos, including joint compounds and muds, insulation, refractory materials, packing and gaskets
  • Welding rods
  • Gasoline and diesel, including their exhausts
  • Industrial cleaning machines and devices, including various cold parts degreasers, vapor degreasers, paint gun cleaners, carburetor cleaners, and aerosol degreasers
  • Distillation systems, including fractional distillation and other recycling processes
  • Testing methods and devices for detecting levels of chemical constituents in complex mixtures
  • Ventilation systems, including local exhaust devices
  • Industrial dyes

Medical/Surgical:

  • Electric cautery pens
  • Ventilators
  • Blood glucose monitoring equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals: NSAIDS and acid reflux medications
  • Surgical clips and sponges
  • Pedicle screw
  • Accutane

Other Products:

  • Window air conditioners
  • Thermal protectors (components of motors and recessed light fixtures)
  • Elevators, escalators and moving walks
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as barrier protection gloves
  • Industrial hand and skin cleaners
  • Mechanized security doors / Automatic doors
  • Mechanized lifting, compacting and crushing machinery 

Premises Liability

Our firm defends property owners and entities of all sizes in premises claims ranging from alleged premises defects, including mechanized security doors, automatic doors, mechanized lifting devices, video surveillance systems, ventilation systems, elevators, pneumatic production/assembly line systems, lightening protection systems and asbestos insulation, to allegations of negligent, gross negligent, or willful activity in deficient plant operations and procedures, parking lot accidents, and slip and falls. We have successfully defended construction and worksite accidents, as well as cases involving violent crime, including a sniper case garnering extensive coverage in regional media and involving on-premises shots causing catastrophic injury, paraplegia, and death.  While no two claims are alike, Jones Carr McGoldrick’s comprehensive but cost-effective approach, developed from meticulous investigation and strong advocacy, provides a rigorous and efficient client-oriented defense.

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