When you start your day, you don’t stop to think if the contact lens solution you use is safe or if your instant pot is at risk of exploding. You probably don’t spend much time worrying about unsafe components in your vehicle causing your brakes to give out or if your prescription medication is unknowingly causing liver damage.
The point is, you use dozens, if not hundreds of products every day. For the most part, they are safe and reliable. But when something goes wrong, it can have terrible consequences.
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, it’s time to talk to an attorney about a defective or dangerous product injury claim. Use our list of attorneys below, all confirmed to practice locally in the Orange County area, to find the right lawyer for your claim.
There are three main ways products can be defective:
In California, you have two years from the date of injury to bring a defective product claim against the liable party. For your claim to be successful, you must be able to show that the injury was the result of one of the three reasons listed above.
California has a comparative negligence rule, which often comes into play with product liability claims. This rule states that any court award you receive will be decreased proportionate to the amount of liability you have for the accident. Consider, for example, a baby bottle warmer. The safety limits built into the product were poorly tested and as a result, failed to work. You fed your baby with formula that was way too hot and they suffered injuries. While the company would have a substantial amount of liability for its unsafe product, the jury may also find that you were 40% at fault for failing to check the temperature before feeding your baby. Assume damages of $100,000. Those would be decreased 40%, leaving you with $60,000.
Any consumer product can be the target of a defective product claim, but some are more common than others. Common types of defective products include:
Remember, the company who created the product that injured you likely has its own legal team. Trying to prove a defective product claim on your own is incredibly difficult, especially when the other party has a team of lawyers waiting to wear you down in court. Save yourself the stress and hire an Orange County defective product attorney who will advocate for you and fight for what you deserve. Explore our list of local attorneys and law firms to find the right lawyer for your case.