At the heart of our capitalist society are consumer goods and delivering them to the consumer quickly and at the lowest cost possible. It’s easy to see how this mindset can result in products that have defects that can result in a wide variety of injuries, illnesses, and even wrongful death. Unfortunately, even though the federal government has put regulations in place specifically to protect consumers from defects, companies and manufacturers either cut corners or unwittingly design products and their uses that put people at risk. Los Angeles Product Liability Attorney Vann H. Slatter has been representing those injured by product defects for over 30 years. Our legal team at Slatter Law Firm will provide you with dedicated, personalized service to ensure that you receive the best outcome possible for your lawsuit.Filing a Product Liability Claim Against a Company
When a person is injured due to a product defect the company that designed it, the manufacturer that produced it, or the party that sold it may be held accountable for a variety of reasons. Any of these parties may not have taken reasonable actions to ensure the consumer’s safety or may have produced a defect in the product. There are three main categories of product defects that may present danger to consumers. These are design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Design defects refer to something in the design of the product that may present danger to the user. Manufacturing defects are defects that may have resulted because of the manufacturing process. Marketing defects appear as inadequate safety warning or instructions for the use of a product.
Regardless of whether you can identify the defect or its category, if you have been injured by a product and feel that it was not your fault, you should seek the counsel of an attorney. The prospect of holding an large entity responsible for their product may feel daunting but these types of lawsuits are common. An attorney can evaluate your situation and help you get compensation from those at fault.
A product liability lawsuit may be filed in two ways: negligence and strict liability. The legal theory of negligence applies when the plaintiff can prove that the injury sustained would not have happen but for the defendant's conduct and that their actions made it reasonably foreseeable that the accident occured. For example: a company may have overlooked regulations or a manufacturer may not have tested for quality assurance correctly.
In contrast, a strict liability claim does not have to prove the defendant’s negligence. The party may be held responsible for defects that have arisen during the design, manufacturing, or sale of the product. If it can be proven that during any of these stages it was reasonably foreseeable that the company should have known about the inherent danger of the product, then they have breached their duty to the consumer by not warning of the risks posed by the product.What to do if You Have Been Injured by a Product
First a foremost, seek out treatment for your injury if at all possible. If the company’s is held liable for their negligence or defective product they may be responsible for your medical bills. Also, unless it’s absolutely necessary, do not dispose of the product. Discontinue use but hold on to it so that it can be inspected and used as evidence. In addition, document the incident in some way as soon as possible so that your account of it is as accurate as can be. Take note of where you were, how you were using the product, and how it injured you. Take pictures of the injury and product as well. Finally, seek out counsel from a experienced and knowledgeable attorney.Consult a Lawyer to Seek Compensation via a Product Liability Lawsuit
Discussing the specifics of your product liability claim with an attorney can help you understand your options and path forward under California law. Los Angeles Product Liability Attorney Van H. Slatter has decades of experience holding companies accountable for the injuries their products cause. We are proud to serve residents of Los Angeles, Lancaster, Norwalk, Van Nuys, South Gate, Palmdale, and many other Southern California cities. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.