Injury from Defective Products
Every day, people in San Diego purchase thousands of consumer goods. Whether toys or groceries, automobiles or clothes, people rely on goods and products to meet basic needs and make their lives simpler. But thousands of defective products cause harm every year. Unfortunately, defective products are more common than they should be, and the use of a defective product can result in severe and long-lasting injury, or even death. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a defective product, and if that product caused health problems or injuries, you may be entitled to compensation via a product liability claim. If you suspect a product has caused you harm, seek legal counsel from San Diego product liability lawyer.
Common Types of Defective Products
Defective products can come in any type, shape and size and are not limited to a specific company. Rather, defective products can include anything from car parts to medical devices. Some examples of defective products that have led to recalls and lawsuits include the following.
- Defective tires, such as tires manufactured by Goodyear, Yokohama, Goodrich and more.
- Defective cars, such as the many GM recalls issued in 2014 for things like defective starters. Defects in cars can lead to dangerous accidents.
- Defective toys, such as lead found in the paint or plastic of some toys.
- Defective furniture, such as a crib defect that can cause the crib to collapse or trap and injure a baby.
The products listed above are just a few examples of some common types of defective products. Defects that cause injury or death also can be found in food products, electronics, medical products, household products and much more.
Who’s at Fault? A San Diego Product Liability Lawyer Explains…
Defective products can be extremely dangerous and can cause injuries or accidents ranging from burns to car accidents and more. If a defective product caused injury, then the manufacturer of the product may be liable for that injury. A product manufacturer will be liable in a case when the manufacture or design of a product causes injury, as long as the consumer used it in the intended manner. More succinctly, if harm occurred that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise but for the defective product, the manufacturer may be liable for any damages that result. Additionally, the manufacturer of a product may be liable for any harm caused by that product in the case that the product was designed defectively or contained a manufacturing defect, did not include sufficient instructions or did not include a warning of potential hazards. For example, if a person was electrocuted by a hairdryer when it made contact with water, the manufacturer of the hairdryer could be liable if a warning label detailing the risks of electrocution was not present (even though the product was not technically defective). You must present evidence and documentation of the defect (the product itself and even testimony from an expert may be necessary) and that it caused your accident and resultant injuries. Your claim should demonstrate the severity and extent of your injuries and other damages. These might include lost wages or future earning capacity as well as pain and suffering damages.
Speak with a San Diego Product Liability Lawyer at NO COST
Being injured by a product can be traumatic. If a defective product has injured you, you’re encouraged to seek legal representation. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we’ll fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve. For answers to all of your legal questions, or to get started filing your claim, call us today at 619-630-0205 or use our online contact form.