Los Angeles County Product Liability Attorneys
Were You Injured by a Defective Product?
Product liability claims are cases where a dangerous or defective product caused an injury to a victim. These types of claims are special compared to most personal injury cases and it is important that you hire an experienced attorney who knows product liability laws in California specifically, as there is no federal product liability law.
Product Liability Laws in Los Angeles and California
In California, there are two ways to win a product liability lawsuit. Those theories are negligence and strict liability. In order to win your case based on negligence, you have to show that either the manufacturer or the seller should have been more careful by doing or failing to do something.
One thing that makes product liability unique in comparison to other personal injury cases is the theory of strict liability. In this theory, you do not have to show negligence. Instead, what is required to be compensated on your claim is showing a defect in the product that caused an injury.
There are 3 different types of defects that will suffice as evidence in your case: They are flaws in the design of a product, errors in the manufacturing of the product in general or flaws specific to the product that caused the injury, and defects due to poor marketing.
- Marketing defect: These are defects where the company does not provide adequate warnings or instructions. Or, an incorrectly labeled product could be a factor in injury.
- Manufacturing defect: These are defects that happened from improper manufacturing of the product. An example of this would be a cooking pot that comes apart because the manufacturer did not correctly seal the pot together.
- Design defect: These are defects in the product that make the product as a whole unsafe. An example of this would be a chair made from a very weak wood that breaks when a large amount of weight is on it. The chair could have been made with a stronger wood which would not break as easily.