Defective Product Lawyers in Encino Helping Clients Recover Compensation
We all come into contact with many different products and devices on a daily basis. Medical devices, motor vehicles, child products, and even construction equipment can be used almost every single day. Unfortunately, these products have the potential to fail, which could cause injuries, property damage, and more. The expenses from these injuries and damages can add up quickly, putting more stress on you and your family during an already difficult time.
If you have been injured by a defective product, our team at V&A Law Firm is here to help. We believe all injured clients deserve to recover compensation and get a settlement if they have used defective products. Whether you were injured by a defective design or misleading marketing, our defective product lawyers are here to assist you. Call today at 818-369-3270 for a free consultation and to learn more about our services.
What Kinds of Products Can Cause Injuries?
Many of the products you and your family use every day come with potential risks. Although some of these items might seem safe, many are inherently dangerous and could be unsafe.
Below are just some of the products that could cause injuries if they fail:
- Construction equipment, including cranes, bulldozers, ladders, scaffolding, and earth movers.
- Cars and auto parts, including tire defects, car accidents, and airbag defects.
- Child products, like safety seats, toys, and strollers.
- Factor and manufacturing equipment, like roller machines, punch presses, conveyor belts, and dye presses.
- Tools, like power tools, lawnmowers, nail guns, and safety harnesses.
- Household appliances, including washers, dryers, ovens, dishwashers, furnaces, and refrigerators.
- Drugs, like prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs.
- Medical devices and products, like surgical tools, blood clot filters, pacemakers, and artificial joints.
And more. Even if you do not see your defective product above, our team can help you seek compensation. We will find the liable party or parties and hold them accountable so you are not stuck paying out of pocket for your injuries. Reach out to our defective product lawyers today for assistance.
What Are the Common Types of Product Defects?
Under product liability law, manufacturers or distributors are held responsible for any defective product that causes injuries or death. Strict liability laws state that the manufacturing defect will be the manufacturer’s fault, even if it was not a case of negligence. In most cases, strict liability laws apply to three main types of defects.
The common types of product defects include:
A manufacturing defect occurs when there are issues or errors during the assembly or manufacturing of an item. This could be a product that was improperly put together or missing essential components.
A design defect is a mistake in the item’s design, making it dangerous or unsafe to use. A design defect will often apply if the injuries caused could have been prevented with further testing or design updates.
Products are required to adequately warn consumers of any risks posed. A marketing defect occurs when a product does not have proper instructions or warnings to protect consumers. This can also apply if there are warning defects or incorrect information within the warnings attached to the product.
If your defective product falls under one of these claims, then you likely have a strong product liability claim against the manufacturer. However, you may still have a case even if your claim does not fall under these scenarios. Our team may be able to sue the manufacturer or distributor on the grounds of neglect or breach of warranty instead.
Is There a Statute of Limitations for Defective Product Cases?
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injuries. Unfortunately, if it has been more than two years since the defective products injured you, you cannot submit any product liability claims. In some cases, you may be able to submit a claim for two years from the date you discovered the injuries caused if that differs from the date of the accident.
Judges will occasionally waive the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, but this rule has very limited exceptions. If it has been longer than two years since your injuries happened, reach out to our office to see what your legal options are.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?
Every product liability claim is different, meaning your compensation may vary. However, even in complex cases, there are some items that an injured party can recover in damages.
You may be able to receive compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost income
- Future lost wages
- Property damage
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Generally, any costs you accrued as a direct result of the defective product can be claimed in a lawsuit. If your loved one died due to defective products, you can submit a product liability claim on their behalf. You may be able to seek compensation for things like loss of companionship and loss of potential income.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?
A dangerous or defective product has the potential to cause serious injuries that can impact you for life. Under product liability laws, manufacturers and distributors are required to include adequate warnings and safety education materials to ensure consumers do not get hurt by their products. If you have been injured, you deserve to recover compensation for any damages you have accrued.
Our team at V&A Law Firm is made of experienced product liability lawyers who are here to assist you with product liability claims. If you would like more information or have questions, please call us today at 818-369-3270.