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What is Product Liability?
No matter what the product, a consumer who purchases a device can legally expect that the product will function safely and efficiently without fear of injury or death. However, many products may be potentially defectively designed and may result in life-threatening injuries or fatalities. According to California product liability attorneys, a defective product is a device that was either designed with flaws or improperly manufactured that places a consumer at an unnecessary risk of death and/or injury.
In a product liability case, a California product liability attorney can help you to determine who is responsible for the design, manufacturing or marketing of the product. The supplier of the product or the retailers that sold the device may also be liable and named as defendants in product liability lawsuits. Defective products most often found in the workplace and home include drugs, cribs, machinery, lights, appliances, high chairs, child and infant safety seats, vehicles, airplanes and boats.
If a company knows that its product is unsafe or if using the product in a certain manner could cause injury, it is legally obligated to provide a warning to the consumer. In many cases when a consumer was adversely affected, his or her injury could have been avoided if he or she had known about the risks or dangers prior to using the product.
A California product liability attorney can help those who have been injured seek compensation for their conditions. A plaintiff may also allege that he or she did not receive any warnings or indications of risks associated with the product.
How a California Product Liability Attorney Can Help
Product makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a product maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by the fault of others may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.