It's important to realize that a great deal of the information you have probably heard about product liability lawsuits is greatly biased in one regard or another. It's easy to take some of the facts from a case, spin them in a way that makes it seem as if someone winning a jury award was absolutely ridiculous and then toss that information into the media echo chamber where it will be repeated again and again without ever being examined by the reporters who write these types of stories. Product liability lawyers help people who have been injured by companies who put products on the market that cause genuine harm and that pose genuine threats to consumers.
But Aren't Some of These Suits Scams?
It's impossible to say whether or not a lawsuit is frivolous without taking a look at the merits of the specific case. As is true of any other resource, however, civil law is a resource that people sometimes do abuse. What's important to remember is that there are plenty of mundane, predictable and completely justified cases that go through the court system every day and that provide a way for people who were injured by faulty products to pay for the cost of their injuries and their recoveries. It's only the outrageous scams that ever get attention.