West Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer
Products liability is a subcategory of personal injury law that deals with injuries and other harm caused by dangerous or defective products sold to consumers. Our West Sacramento products liability attorneys have years of experience advocating for people injured by using a dangerous product. AutoAccident.com invites anyone who has experienced harm from a consumer product to contact our firm for a no-obligation consultation.We Trust the Products Sold to Us
Most of the products sold in the United States are safe. We have governmental regulatory agencies and many consumer safety groups that work to ensure that the products sold on the American marketplace are safe to use. Because so many safeguards are in place, we gain an innate sense of confidence and do not anticipate being harmed by a product we purchase. Although there are many safety controls - product testing and regulations concerning the manufacturing process - no system is ironclad.
Negligence may occur at many different phases of the manufacturing process, resulting in a defective or dangerous product on store shelves. When that happens, injuries to consumers may occur. There have even been some products sold that resulted in consumer deaths. When negligence by a manufacturer or retailer causes injuries, the victims are entitled to monetary recovery.Legal Responsibility in a Products Liability Case
As discussed above, despite the safeguards within the United States marketplace, defective and dangerous products are sold with alarming regularity. A manufacturing defect will often remain undetected unless and until it causes harm to a consumer. The same is true of design flaws, and it is impossible to completely eliminate the potential for danger. Because of that, California law allows for civil remedies if using a dangerous product results in injuries to a consumer.
An experienced products liability lawyer in West Sacramento will first investigate at what point in the manufacturing process the negligence occurred. Knowing that information will determine the entity that should be held liable (legally responsible) for the injuries that the product caused. There is more than one defendant (person or entity sued for damages). Most commonly, the defendants in products liability cases are any combination of the following:
- Assembly manufacturers
- Parts manufacturers
Often, in product liability cases, the manufacturer will be liable for injuries caused partly due to its failure to warn of the risks associated with using its products. A product manufacturer must warn consumers of any known hazards that may arise from using its product. Some warnings must be directly affixed to the product on a label, and others must be included with the written paperwork accompanying the product. Besides "failure to warn," there are other areas of liability that may come into play in a products liability matter, including:
- Defects in Design
- Defects in the Manufacturing Process
By their very nature, specific categories of products are more likely to present danger than others. Below is a list of the types of products that more commonly become the subject of a products liability case:
- Prescription and Over-the-counter Drugs. Medications can have harmful side effects and are susceptible to manufacturing defects. Additionally, they have stringent labeling and warning requirements that a manufacturer may fail to meet. Zantac, Belviq, and Metformin are a few medications that are currently the subject of drug products liability lawsuits.
- Medical Devices. Like medication, devices used for medical procedures are fraught with the opportunity to cause harm to a consumer.
- Industrial Machinery and Equipment
- Furniture and Toys Marketed for Children. Risks could include tipping, choking, and entrapment.
- Household Appliances. They can present risks of electrocution or fire.
- Vehicle Accessories
- Clothing. It could be unreasonably flammable or present a choking hazard
When a product presents an apparent danger, it will often be recalled from the market. Some recent examples of recalled products are:
- Certain Allergan breast implants have been recalled by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
- The manufacturer removed Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder from the market.
- Takata airbags were the subject of a manufacturer recall.
- Zantac had specific formulations recalled by the FDA.
- Metformin has been subject to multiple recalls.
Many types of injuries can result from using a hazardous consumer product. In some cases, especially those involving a medication, the damage or injury is not immediately apparent and may develop over time after prolonged product use.
Some common injuries that give rise to products liability cases are:
- Broken Bones
- Head Injuries
- Cancer diagnosis after use of a defective or dangerous drug
It takes experience and perseverance to pursue a lawsuit against a profitable company. It also takes strength and courage to recover from severe injuries. Many American consumers have been permanently disabled, stricken with chronic pain, or diagnosed with a severe disease simply because they trusted that a product they purchased would be safe.
Consult our skilled West Sacramento products liability lawyers if you have been harmed after using a defective or dangerous product. We can inform you of your legal rights and the options available. Our attorneys have years of experience, which is the key to success in such a case. Please reach out to us with any questions, at no obligation.
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If you or a beloved family member has been injured due to using a hazardous consumer product, our law firm can provide compassionate, free, and friendly advice. Because time is of the essence for collecting evidence, you will want to seek a qualified West Sacramento products liability lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights and maximize the value of your case. Call our office at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.