Defective Products and Serious Injuries

Unfortunately, when a product is defective, inherently dangerous, or lacks the proper warnings, it could result in serious injuries. If you were harmed by a defective product, you should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case. At the Law Office of Vincent S. Hughes in San Bernardino, we are dedicated to helping those who sustained injuries caused by dangerous products. Call us today to schedule a consultation and get started on your claim.

Different Types of Product Liability Claims in California

Unlike other claims that fall under the personal injury umbrella, California law applies strict liability when someone manufactures, designs, or sells a defective product, regardless of if negligence is involved. That means you do not need to prove negligence to win your claim.

These are the three types of defects that could result in a product liability claim:

  • Dangerous design: Some products are dangerous and unsafe due to their design despite being manufactured properly. The only way to have prevented the injuries caused by such a product is to design and manufacture it differently.
  • Manufacturing defect: If a product was not made properly, was damaged, or otherwise did not get processed correctly, this is known as a manufacturing defect.
  • Insufficient warnings: Some products can be dangerous when not used properly, which is why warnings are necessary. If a product that was designed and manufactured correctly results in injuries because there were not enough warnings regarding the dangers of improper use, you could file a product liability claim.

Who is Liable for My Injuries?

Given the number of parties involved in a product’s chain of distribution, any person or company involved in the making of a product could be at fault for your injuries, including:

  • Manufacturers: When we think of a product liability claim, we often look to the manufacturer of the product for fault, but there could be many manufacturers involved in making a product. If the product in question has several different parts, some of which were produced by another manufacturer, they could also be named as a secondary defendant. 
  • Distributor or wholesaler: Manufacturers tend to send their products to distributors or wholesalers, so they can package and ship their products, among other logistics. If a mistake happens during this process, they could be liable for your injuries.
  • Retailers: Some states have “innocent seller” exceptions, but California law does not, which means you could file a claim against the store where you purchased the item that caused your injuries.
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Schedule a Case Evaluation with Our San Bernardino Product Liability Attorney Today!

If you were injured by a defective or dangerous product, you could recover monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The Law Office of Vincent S. Hughes in San Bernardino is committed to helping those who were wrongfully injured and could walk you through every step of your claim. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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