Defective Products and Products Liability
When you purchase a product from a store or other place of business, you expect it to be safe and to operate as intended. If there are any potential dangerous consequences, you expect to see a warning on the product’s label or packaging.
Unfortunately, manufacturers don’t always live up to the regulations and standards set upon them to keep consumers safe from hidden dangers. As a result, defective products enter the market daily, and many end up causing innocent consumers to suffer serious injuries.
Consumers have a fundamental right to safe and effective products, and when a defective product causes injuries, the injured party may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, call the Law Offices of Christopher Montes de Oca at (562) 901-4664 to find out if you are eligible to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
What Is Products Liability?
Products liability refers to the legal process of holding those who bring defective products to market liable for any harm and damage it has caused. products liability lawyers help consumers who have been injured by defective products recover compensation for their injuries and losses.
Each state has its own products liability laws that exist to hold product manufacturers (and others in a product’s chain of distribution) accountable for the injuries defective products cause. So, when hiring an attorney to assist you with your products liability claim, it is important that you choose a lawyer who is familiar with the laws in the state in which your claim will be filed.
Types of Product Defects
The various types of product defects that often result in consumer injuries can be broken down into 3 categories:
- Manufacturing Defects – the product was manufactured incorrectly, resulting in a defect;
- Design Defects – the product’s design is faulty, meaning that the product is dangerous, even though it was manufactured correctly; and
- Marketing Defects (also known as a Failure to Warn) – the responsible parties failed to provide sufficient warnings or instructions for the proper use of the product.
Many different types of products have had to be recalled because they were found to have some sort of defect that could be dangerous to consumers. Certain automobiles, baby products, pools and spas, toys, and pharmaceutical products have all been recalled because they were found to be dangerous.
Other examples of defective products include defective airbags, unsafe tires, poorly designed products, and other hazardous products. Common injuries caused by these defective products include lacerations, burns, poisoning, choking, and other serious injuries. Moreover, in the worst cases, use of a defective product can result in the death of the consumer.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For Injuries Caused By A Defective Product?
Before a consumer product is sold, those responsible for bringing the product to market have a responsibility to ensure that it is safe for consumers to use. Therefore, when an individual suffers an injury caused by a defective product, any party that participated in bringing the product to market can be held responsible for the injuries it has caused. This includes the designer, manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, and retailer, as well as, and anyone else in the product’s normal chain of distribution.
If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to bring a products liability lawsuit. This lawsuit can be filed against the liable party(s) to recover your medical expenses, property damage, compensation for pain and suffering, and various other damages. What’s more, a products liability lawsuit can be filed in the district where you purchased the product, even if you purchased the product online.
Contact Law Offices of Christopher Montes de Oca
An injury caused by a defective product can be both unexpected and devastating. However, it is important to preserve physical evidence that may need to be tested at a later date.
What’s more, there are strict deadlines for bringing a products liability claim. It is, therefore, important that if you have been injured by a defective product, you contact an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible.
Attorney Christopher Montes de Oca has years of experience handling personal injury cases and fighting on his clients’ behalf. He has helped secure millions of dollars in settlements and awards for his personal injury clients and can help you recover the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered because of a defective product.
If you have been injured by a defective product in California, call the Law Offices of Christopher Montes de Oca. Call (562) 901-4664, or visit our contact page to schedule an appointment with an experienced products liability attorney who can evaluate your claim and make sure that your rights are protected from the very beginning.