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Defective products can cause catastrophic injuries and death, and corporations must be held fully accountable when consumers get hurt. Our Los Angeles product liability lawyers can help you file a claim and pursue maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
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Consumers can sustain severe and life-threatening injuries when products are defective. If you or a loved one has been hurt because of an unreasonably dangerous or defective product in Los Angeles, call The Lanier Law Firm. Our Los Angeles product liability lawyers can help you hold the manufacturer legally accountable for the harm and suffering you’ve endured.
Since 2001, The Lanier Law Firm has been a leader in consumer injury litigation in California and across the nation, leading clients like you to over $20 billion in financial settlements and verdicts.
We are ready to help you stand up and work toward a meaningful financial award to cover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and distress. Call our law office in Los Angeles, California, to arrange a free consultation.
What is product liability?
As a consumer, you expect that the products you buy and use are safe. However, because there isn’t independent testing of every single device, product, or good that’s sold in Los Angeles, safety falls to product manufacturers—and that can be a dangerous thing.
After all, companies are in business to make a profit. They might be willing to cut corners to save money, which could result in an inferior product or a poorly tested medical device. That’s why California has product liability laws.
Product liability is a type of consumer protection law that encourages manufacturers to take product safety seriously. When a product is defective, and a consumer gets hurt through its normal and intended use, a company can become strictly liable for resulting harm.
Strict liability means that a company can be held legally (and financially) responsible for damages regardless of how careful or thorough they were in developing the product.
Do I have a product liability case?
You may have a product liability case if you:
There are three main types of product defects: design, manufacturing, and marketing.
Products have a design defect when they are inherently and unavoidably unsafe. A component of the product’s design poses a threat to consumers.
You may have a product liability claim based on defective design if you can show that there was a reasonable alternative to the design that could have been implemented.
For example, recent research suggests that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, increases the risk of autism in young children. Tylenol lawsuits allege that the popular over-the-counter drug suffers from a defective design because the company could have used a different ingredient to achieve the same intended result of the drug.
Products suffer from a manufacturing defect when a mistake, error, or omission is made when the product is assembled, developed, or built. The manufacturing process strays from the instructions or design. Sometimes inferior products are used in construction, and other times components are left out by mistake.
A manufacturing defect can affect a single item or an entire batch on the assembly line.
For example, a drug may suffer from a manufacturing defect if a pharmaceutical company mistakenly uses an incorrect ingredient during development.
Marking Defect (Failure to Warn)
When a company sells a product in California, it assumes a responsibility to provide consumers with a list of potential risks, side effects, and hazards. If a company fails to disclose a risk that it knows about or should have discovered through reasonable diligence, it can be strictly liable for resulting injuries or deaths.
For example, many infant formula manufacturers are facing lawsuits because research indicates that cow’s milk formula can increase the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in babies. Despite this, manufacturers failed to warn consumers about this very serious threat to their children.
How can a Los Angeles product
liability lawyer help with my
product liability case?
You’ll need to be sure you’re on a level playing field with powerful corporations when you file a product liability lawsuit in Los Angeles, California. The Lanier Law Firm can help.
Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to rival the powerful corporations, insurance companies, and other adversaries you might face during your product liability case.
We offer a client-focused approach and provide the type of personalized service and representation you deserve during this difficult time. We will be your fiercest advocate and work tirelessly to hold corporations fully accountable for the harm and devastation they’ve caused.
- Prepare and file the necessary documents to initiate the legal process
- Identify how and why the product was defective
- Determine if the product has was or involved in other similar cases
- Work closely with industry experts relevant to your case
- Consult with medical professionals and vocational specialists as we build and value your claim for damages
- Handle negotiations with the manufacturer and its insurance company
- Help you reject lowball offers and represent you at trial in front of a
compassionate jury of your peers in Los Angeles
Our product liability attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so you never have to worry about the cost of having us in your corner. We only get paid if we win your case—end of story.
Common Types of Product Liability
At The Lanier Law Firm, our top-rated personal injury attorneys represent clients in all types of product liability cases:
- Tylenol and other over-the-counter medications
- Infant formula
- Talcum powder
- Personal care products
- Roundup weed killer and other pesticides
- Household chemicals
- Household appliances
- Prescription medication
- Vaccines like the HPV vaccine, Gardasil
- Medical devices
- Medical equipment
- Car seats
- Power tools
- Heavy machinery
- Construction safety equipment
- Industrial equipment defects
Roundup weed killer and other pesticides
Whether you are harmed because of a dangerous drug, a faulty piece of work equipment, or a product you regularly use at home, we here to help you move forward and pursue the compensation you deserve.
What compensation can I get if I’ve
been hurt because of a defective
product in California?
In California, plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits can seek compensatory damages. This includes economic damages, which offset financial losses, and non-economic damages, which make up for the intangible suffering.
Commonly awarded compensatory damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Mental anguish
- Property damage
In some product liability cases, particularly those that are consolidated into multi-district litigation, punitive damages can also be awarded. In these cases, juries must find clear and convincing evidence that a manufacturer engaged in intentionally harmful or fraudulent behavior. This might involve, for example, concealing known health risks or side effects associated with a product.
Is there a time limit to file a defective
product lawsuit in California?
Under California law, you’ll generally have two years to file a product liability lawsuit. The two-year statute of limitations begins on the date you suffer your injury or the wrongful death of a family member.
However, thanks to the discovery rule, the statute of limitations can be tolled if your injury isn’t apparent immediately. In these situations, the statute of limitations begins to run on the date your injury is diagnosed.
Determining when the statute of limitations will begin to run can be challenging, and you don’t want to let the deadline pass before you take action. Once it expires, you give up the right to recover the compensation you deserve. Call The Lanier Law Firm for help as soon as you suspect that you’ve been hurt because of a defective product.
How long will my product liability case take?
It depends. Is the company willing to accept responsibility? Is liability clear? Has the product been involved in other similar types of litigation? Will you join multi-district litigation?
Product liability cases can take time. A thorough investigation is necessary to determine how and why the product was dangerous.
Often, expert testimony and input are critical for both sides. And, you’ll want to reach maximum medical improvement—or have a clear-cut idea of how your injuries will affect your life—before you agree to settle.
Once you accept a settlement offer, you give up the right to future compensation. And while that might fill your bank account today, it can have disastrous consequences down the line. If you discover that your injuries are more serious than you thought or that your damages are much higher than originally anticipated, you’ll be out of luck and forced to endure the financial burdens on your own.
Our product liability attorneys in Los Angeles will guide you through the claims process and work hard to get you a favorable result as fast as we can. However, we’ll never sacrifice the quality of our representation or advise you to accept an offer if we believe that you deserve (and can get) more money by pushing forward.
Your Trusted Los Angeles Product Liability Lawyers
Did you recently suffer an injury or experience the wrongful death of a family member because of an unreasonably dangerous product? The company that designed or sold the product isn’t above the law, and the Los Angeles product liability lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm will push them to accept responsibility for the injuries and suffering you’ve endured.
We’ve won billions on behalf of deserving clients across the nation, and we’re ready to step up and fight to get you the money you deserve.
Call our Los Angeles law office today to arrange a free consultation. We are always standing by to take your call—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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