Los Angeles Defective Products Lawyers
The car you drive, the appliances you use around the house and the equipment you operate at your workplace all have the potential to harm you if they malfunction. While such events may be statistically uncommon, they’re ultimately life changing.
What Are Defective Products?
Defective products are essentially items or mechanisms that fail to operate as intended under normal conditions. They can span the full range of consumer, industrial and professional products you might use on a daily basis. For instance, a washing machine whose faulty wiring shocks someone and an industrial press whose safety mechanisms fail to prevent a worker from getting injured are both defective even though they bear few similarities.
Faulty goods can also include consumables, such as food, candy or medicines. Some defective products are the subject of manufacturer or distributor recalls, but the fact that a manufacturer acknowledges their error doesn’t make them exempt from legal responsibility.
How Can Product Defects Impact Consumers?
Some defects lie hidden within items that seem completely fine, and these can cause serious injury. Automobile accidents caused by malfunctioning brakes and other components, for example, could potentially result in loss of life, property damage and a host of other negative outcomes. Other defects are more obvious yet no less hazardous.
Although accident circumstances play a role, consumers may experience:
Car accidents, chemical burns from industrial exposure to hazardous substances and electrocution from faulty wiring are all good examples of how defective products can cause their victims serious harm right away.
Expenses associated with such circumstances usually include medical bills and repair fees. Civil litigation may offer a way to offset these costs.
Many defective product incidents result in issues that aren’t readily apparent. Being exposed to leaking chemicals, for example, could cause you to develop diseases whose symptoms don’t crop up for decades. A personal injury you sustain due to a defective item might leave you unable to work and make you lose wages.
Losing your income can make medical bills and other expenses even harder to handle. Many victims seek court-ordered restitution to keep their heads above water.
How Does the Law Apply?
Some defective product accidents are so severe that their victims suffer from a permanent loss of capacity. Although worker’s compensation, employer insurance and other programs are designed to help, they only go so far.
State laws pertaining to the quality and safety of consumer products might be limited by jurisdictional borders, the statute of limitations or other legal details. While the law isn’t completely toothless, the criminal justice system doesn’t always provide sufficiently for product injury victims. Civil litigation is often the most efficient way to pursue a settlement.
Of course, civil law isn’t an open playing field; there are still plenty of rules to follow. Factors like settlement amounts, your actions after being injured and the other person’s actions prior to the incident all impact the likelihood that you’ll win an award. It’s critical that you prepare your lawsuit with the assistance of someone who understands the legal hoops you’ll need to jump through to make a successful recovery.
Legal Research and Preparation
Above all, it’s important to determine who’s at fault: No matter how sure you are of your side of the story, you must prove it in court. Our ability to perform exacting legal research lets you pursue the speediest resolution possible.
Errors cause setbacks. For example, litigation that targets the wrong party may be thrown out. In other words, if you sue a product’s vendor instead of the manufacturer whose actions actually led to your injury, the court could decide your case lacks merit. When victims are trying to recover, such delays have an even greater negative impact.
Also remember that filing a lawsuit may not be your only or best option for seeking restitution. We can help you discover existing class action lawsuits, survivors funds, victims’ trusts, ongoing recall programs and other legal aid that may just reduce the amount of time you spend in court.
Each case is unique, and the laws that apply to one situation may not be relevant in another. At-fault parties can also deny they did anything wrong as they attempt to defend themselves. You need to build a case that overcomes these odds.
You must support your arguments with evidence that stands up to examination in court. While it’s understandably difficult for a victim to remain impartial, our representation and research makes it much easier to collect and present evidence that increases your chances of a favorable legal resolution.
We know how stressful being injured by a defective product is. It can impact every aspect of your life, and your post-incident recuperation attempts are no exception.
Keeping up with court dates and other obligations is one of the hardest aspects of pursuing justice. If you miss a deadline or filing due date, the success of your case may be jeopardized due to an avoidable technicality.
Unfortunately, court schedules aren’t always accommodating of your injuries and recovery requirements; you may need someone to act on your behalf. Our legal teams understand the gravity of your situation, so we strive to keep you in the loop even if you can’t attend every out-of-court arbitration or manage the paperwork on your own.