Thousands of products will find their way into your life over the years. Whether you buy those products, sell those products, or are gifted those products you will want to make sure that they are working properly and safe at all times. There are times when products will be defective to the point where they cause injury to the user. When a product is defective and injures the user, who was using it as intended, the victim will be able to claim product liability. A Temecula product liability attorney from the office of Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP, Attorneys at Law will provide you with compassionate, trusting legal counsel when seeking compensation for your injuries caused by a defective product.
Use Products as Intended
It is in your best interest as a consumer to always use a product as it is intended. If you aren’t sure about how a product should be used make sure to read the owner’s manual or the instruction label on the item itself. When consumers use products as they are intended, and that product still malfunctions, the consumer shouldn’t have any trouble filing a lawsuit for compensation for the injuries suffered.
When a consumer does not use a product as intended, and it malfunctions, it could turn into a difficult situation when filing a lawsuit. The evidence might show that the consumer did not use the product for how it was made or used it more often than it was supposed to be used, which could have played a role in it malfunctioning. This could lead to the consumer having their lawsuit thrown out of court.
Who Can be Held Liable?
When it comes to product liability cases there are a host of entities that could be held liable for a defective or malfunctioning product. Some of those entities include the following:
- The manufacturer of the product
- The manufacturer of any component parts
- An entity responsible for installing or assembling the product
- The wholesaler of the product
- The store that sold the product
The Types of Defects in Products
There are three types of defects that can occur in any type of product and they are as follows:
- Defects in the design: the product’s design had a flaw that led to the malfunction.
- Defects in manufacturing: the manufacturing of the product caused it to malfunction.
- Defects in marketing: the marketing of the product led to consumers using it incorrectly, which led to the malfunction that caused the injuries.
Call an Attorney to Schedule an Appointment
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or malfunctioning product you should speak with an experienced attorney immediately. Avoid speaking with attorneys for the product manufacturer or any insurance companies until you speak with an attorney. A Temecula product liability attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP, Attorneys at Law can guide you in the right direction when it comes to filing a claim for compensation. Call the office at 619-630-0205 today to schedule a consultation.