Product manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure the products they sell are safe, effective, and perform as advertised. Unfortunately, thousands of people across the country sustain serious injuries from defective and unreasonably dangerous products every year. If you or a loved one recently suffered any injury from a defective consumer product, it is essential to know your legal options from a personal injury attorney for recovering your losses.
A California product liability attorney is your best resource for specific legal questions relating to a recent injury from a defective product. At McLachlan Law, APC, our team believes in holding negligent product manufacturers accountable for the damage their products cause to consumers.
Representing Product Liability Claims in California
Attorney Mike McLachlan and his team at McLachlan Law, APC provide a full range of professional legal services to California clients. We believe in a client-focused approach in every case we handle and strive to maximize our clients’ recoveries in every case we represent. When you choose McLachlan Law, APC as your California product liability lawyers, we will provide responsive updates about your case proceedings and explore every possible avenue of compensation available in your case.
Why Do I Need a Product Liability Attorney?
A product liability claim may be more complicated than you initially expect. While it would seem obvious that a product manufacturer should be held liable for any damages their defective products cause, most large manufacturers have powerful in-house legal teams dedicated to protecting corporate interests. Facing these legal professionals alone can be incredibly challenging. Hiring an experienced attorney will significantly increase your chances of securing the compensation you expect.
Your attorney can help you navigate the product liability laws that are likely to come into play in your case, as well as the state statutes that may become obstacles or opportunities as your case develops. For example, you could have the opportunity to join a class-action lawsuit if many other consumers have suffered similar damages from the same product. Still, this approach may not be suitable for every product liability claim.
Ultimately, having a reliable California product liability attorney on your side can help you navigate your claim with more confidence and a greater chance of successfully securing compensation. You can also rest and focus on your recovery with peace of mind since you will know your case is in capable and trustworthy hands.
Understanding Defective Products
At the heart of every product liability case is a defective product. While some products are inherently dangerous to end users through normal use, such as kitchen cutlery and lawn care equipment, other products are dangerous due to serious defects in their designs, production processes, or marketing materials:
- A consumer product is defective by design when the product has some inherent flaw in its original design documents. This flaw will affect every product produced using that design, and the manufacturer will likely need to issue a recall.
- Consumer products can be defective by production when there is a problem with the materials or assembly processes used in manufacturing. This type of defect may only affect certain production lots, such as an incident in which the manufacturer switched suppliers for the raw materials they use in production. If the new supplier’s materials are of lesser quality than the original materials, this can result in major defects in products created with the new supplier’s materials.
- It is also possible for a product liability claim to result from defective marketing, or the manufacturer’s failure to disclose important safety information related to the intended use of the product.
Some product liability claims may implicate additional defendants aside from the product manufacturer. In some product liability cases, multiple parties in a defective product’s supply chain can absorb liability for plaintiffs’ damages. If you believe you recently sustained an injury from a consumer product that was defective in any of these ways, your California product liability lawyer can help you hold the manufacturer accountable and secure compensation for your losses.
Potential Recovery from a Successful Product Liability Claim
A product liability claim is a form of personal injury claim, and an injured plaintiff can potentially recover compensation for any and all losses caused by the defective product. If the plaintiff suffered an illness or physical injury from a defective product, they could claim compensation for their immediate medical expenses as well as anticipated future medical expenses. If their injuries force them to stay home from work, they can claim lost wages. Plaintiffs who develop permanent disabilities from their experiences can potentially recover compensation for their lost future earning potential as well.
Some product liability claims include property damages. For example, a defective kitchen appliance may cause a fire, or a faulty electrical device may damage other electronics such as expensive computer equipment. A California product liability lawyer can help their client determine the full extent of their damages and maximize their compensation in a product liability claim.
California also allows personal injury victims to receive compensation for their pain and suffering. While this may seem difficult to quantify, most judges will award pain and suffering compensation that reflects the plaintiff’s overall medical expenses and the severity of their injuries. For example, a plaintiff who suffered third-degree burns resulting in permanent scarring will likely receive far more pain and suffering compensation than a plaintiff who sustained less severe injuries that will heal completely within a few weeks or months.
Find Your Legal Team Today if You’ve been Injured by a Product
When you have suffered injuries from a defective consumer product, seek legal counsel as soon as possible for the greatest chance of a successful recovery. If you intend to take legal action against a product manufacturer, you should prepare accordingly by hiring legal counsel you can trust. At McLachlan Law, APC, our team is not afraid of confronting large companies that produce defective consumer products, and we can help guide you through the difficult legal proceedings you are likely to face.
If you are prepared to take legal action with a product liability claim, contact McLachlan Law, APC today and schedule a case evaluation with an experienced and responsive California product liability attorney. We can clarify your legal options and let you know what to expect from your case.