Despite the passage of a slew of consumer protection legislation, dangerous products still make their way onto our store shelves, pharmacy inventory and car dealers’ lots each and every year, and thousands of people are hurt by them, sometimes devastatingly so. Astonishingly, dangerous products cost upwards of a trillion dollars each year in injuries, deaths and property damage, reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In 2013, more than five million consumers sought emergency medical help for injuries they sustained due to harmful consumer products.
Nearly any product on the market has the potential to arrive in a consumer’s hands in a faulty state. If you have been harmed by a product, whether it is a medication, a faulty car, or a defective appliance, you have a right to seek out damages to make yourself whole again. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and its experienced Chula Vista product liability attorney have helped injured clients get the compensation to which they are entitled so they can move on with their lives.
Types of Product Liability Claims
Poorly designed, faulty and defective products typically cause injuries that result in three potential types of claims. A design defect claim arises when a defect in the actual design of the product causes an injury. This defect was present before the product even went into the manufacturing stage. A manufacturing defect claim arises when the defect causing the injury is a result of the manufacturing process, such as when a faulty part is inserted into a product. Both design and manufacturing defects have led to automobile recalls in recent years after it was discovered that these defects caused horrible accidents on the road. And lastly, a defect claim can arise due to the advertising or marketing of the product, such as when it receives a consumer or fails to warn a consumer properly. This might happen when a medication is indicated for an unsafe use, or an unsafe user group is not identified by the manufacturer.
Dangerous products can cause serious issues for people who buy them; in some cases, consumers end up with horrific injuries that they have to deal with for the rest of their lives, such as electrocutions that cause significant bodily damage or burns that require reconstructive surgery to correct. If you have been injured due to a design, manufacturing or marketing defect in a product, then you may be able to collect compensation for your medical care, income loss, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Reaching Out to a Chula Vista Product Liability Attorney
You have a right to assume the products that you buy are safe for you to use, provided you use them in a reasonable manner. If you were harmed by a product that you believed to be safe, contact Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP. Our Chula Vista product liability attorney is waiting to discuss your case with you and determine how to proceed with your claim. Schedule your no-cost case review now.