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San Diego Attorneys Representing Victims of Defective Products
Every few weeks it seems, there is a news report warning consumers of a defective product in the marketplace, from malfunctioning car airbags to carcinogenic prescription drugs to food with potential salmonella contamination. When defective products like these harm people, the manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of such products may be held accountable for the injuries and illnesses their products cause—this is called product liability. The personal injury group at Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. in San Diego handles cases involving defective products, knowing how to hold the appropriate parties responsible for their hand in allowing a dangerous product into public circulation.
Types of Defective Products Claims
Generally, defective products can be classified into three categories based on how the product is defective. For defectively designed products, the defect involves a technical issue that affects the product’s safety, as in the car airbag recalls over the last several years. The next category is manufacturing defects, where a product wasn’t made as it should have been, causing it to be dangerous. Finally, some products are defective because they lack adequate warnings or instructions. For example, if a toy contains small parts it must be labeled with a warning that clearly states the toy is not meant for children under three years old.
Strict Liability for Defective Products in California
Under California law, a manufacturer is strictly liable when a product it places in the marketplace proves to have a defect that causes injury, and the manufacturer knew the product would be used without inspection for defects. According to defective products cases applying the law, the purpose of strict liability is to ensure the costs of injuries resulting from defective products are borne by the manufacturers that put such products on the market rather than by the injured people who are powerless to protect themselves.
For strict liability causes of action, you do not need to prove the product manufacturer had a duty to you or that a breach of that duty caused your injury or illness. Rather, you just need to show the product was defective. Our defective products attorneys understand how to apply California’s strict liability law to ensure we take the strongest and most straightforward tack to obtaining compensation for our clients.
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If you were injured or became ill due to a defective product, please contact Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will determine who may be held accountable for your damages and work diligently to see you receive maximum compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other harmful effects of coming into contact with a defective product.