Certain products, if they are improperly designed, manufactured, assembled or labeled can cause very serious injuries or even death of a user or bystander. Some of the historic product liability claims like the Ford Pinto, Firestone Tires, asbestos claims, and drug manufacturing cases are often handled by very large class action claims. However, not every product liability claim is due to a major manufacturer's error or requires a massive lawsuit.
Most Product Liability Claims Are Filed Individually, Not as Major Class Actions
In most instances, the injured person files an individual claim for injuries as a result of a defective product and is not a part of a massive class action for a product defect.
How Do You Know if You Have a Product Liability Claim?
First, you must have suffered an injury as a result of the use of a product. For example, I handled a claim for a lady who purchased an electronic pressure cooker. She made soup with the unit. When the buzzer sounded indicating that the soup was ready, she opened up the top. Unfortunately, the safety lock was not manufacturered to coincide with the release of the pressure from the unit. As a result, the safety latch released even though there existed pressure inside of the cooker.
As a result, the unit was opened by this lady while there was still pressure in the cooker, and hot soup spewed out onto her body. This caused her to suffer boiling burn injuries across her upper body and arms.
Like this case, most product liability claims never make the headlines or suffer the rebuke of the national media like the McDonald's Coffee case. But many people are seriously injured by products, machines, defective tires or other products every year. They need help to recover from serious injuries or to recover financial compensation from the death of a loved one.
You May Have a Product Liability Claim If You Were Injured and One of the Following Is True:
- The product that caused your injury had a manufacturing defect;
- The product was defectively designed; or,
- The product did not include sufficient instructions or warning of potential safety hazards for use by a consumer.
If you think you have suffered an injury from a product, immediately stop using the product. Do not dispose of the product. Do not try to repair the product or alter it in any manner. Just set it aside so no one can use it and then consult our personal injury attorneys.
The attorney and an expert will examine the product and determine if the product has a design defect, a manufacturing defect or a labeling defect. If the evidence proves that the injuries were caused by the product, your product liability claim could be the start of getting you proper compensation, as well as, protecting the public through either a recall of the product, causing the manufacturer to change its design, improve its manufacturing or alter its labeling. If the product is seriously dangerous, you may be the one who gets a dangerous product off the market and prevent injuries to others.
You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney to Handle Your Product Liability Claim
As an California resident and consumer, or a resident from any other state, you have the power to help make products safer for others. Consult now with a personal injury attorney who can evaluate your claim and help you recover from an injury or the death of another from a defective product. CALL NOW 909-481-0100 or Toll Free 1-888-MY-IELAWYER. From our offices in Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville, we're proud to serve the entire Inland Empire and High Desert Regions.