Defective and Dangerous Products
Product Liability Lawyer in California
Under California product liability law, a lawsuit may be brought if a defective product or a defective drug injures a person. By law, the manufacturer or the seller of that product may be liable for the damages caused by the defective product. Also, both California State and federal laws provide consumers with remedies for the purchase of products that do not perform as promised or as advertised.
Under product liability laws, both manufacturers and retailers can be held liable for the production or sales of dangerous products and drugs. Some examples of product liability could include a crib in which a child gets caught, a drug that has very serious side effects, or a vehicle whose accelerator sticks.
Common Types of Product Defects
There are typically three common types of defects on which most product liability claims are based:
Design defects occur when a product (or prescription drug) has been improperly designed. The design defect may cause the product or drug to be unsafe. An example of a design defect could be a high chair whose tray didn’t latch properly, allowing the child to fall out.
Manufacturing defects occur when a product was correctly designed, but it was not manufactured correctly and is now unsafe. An example could be a prescription drug that was correctly formulated, but became contaminated in the lab. Another example could be a vehicle in which the airbags were not properly inserted.
In other cases, a product was correctly designed and manufactured, but the manufacturer failed to give correct instructions on how to use the product. An example could be a drug that has serious side effects or may not be taken with another drug. If the manufacturer failed to notify the purchaser, it could be held liable for any damages that occur as a result of the failure to warn.
Steps After You’ve Encountered A Dangerous Product
In many cases, a product may not function as intended, but the purchaser is not injured. In that situation, it’s best to approach the retailer or the manufacturer for a replacement or a refund. However, if you or a loved one is seriously injured, you should exercise your legal rights and contact an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, your lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Speak to a California Product Liability Lawyer
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that manufacturers and retailers have a duty to make and sell products that are safe for the public. If they fail to do so, they should be held legally responsible. Micha Star Liberty of Liberty Law Office has successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of individuals and groups of consumers who have suffered economic harm or personal injury due to a defective product, or who have purchased products that simply did not work as represented.
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If you have been injured by a product, or purchased a product that does not perform as advertised, click here to inquire about your rights. You may also reach us at (510) 645-1000 or (415) 896-1000. We work with clients throughout the San Francisco area, including Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward, Tracy and Fairfield. Call us today to learn more about your next steps.