Products Liability Attorney Los Angeles
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Manufacturers and store owners have a responsibility to consumers. They must ensure that the products they sell are neither defective nor inherently dangerous. If a dangerous or defective product injures an unwary consumer, the manufacturer (and sometimes the designer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer) is considered legally liable, as long as the consumer was using the product as it was meant to be used when he or she was injured. Whether the product is a toy or an automobile tire, manufacturers must make sure that products are designed and made safely, that quality control systems prevent defective products from entering the market, and that adequate directions and warning labels are available to protect consumers.
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Our attorneys could help you with various types of products liability cases. Product liability encompasses a number of legal claims that allow an injured party to recover financial compensation from the manufacturer or seller of a product. The claims most commonly associated with product liability are negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, and various consumer protection claims. Products liability is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.
those claiming a design defect,
A products liability claim usually falls into one of three possible types:
those claiming a manufacturing defect, or
those claiming a failure to warn.
Our attorneys will advise you whether in your case a dangerous or defective product claim may succeed even when products were used incorrectly by the consumer, as long as the incorrect use was foreseeable by the manufacturer (or other party in the "supply chain").
Products liability claims are, in general, not based on negligence, but rather on a liability theory called "strict liability." The difficulties of an injured customer to prove what a manufacturer did or did not do during the design or manufacture of product has led to the development of newer product liability claims such as strict liability. However, some legal scholars consider claims of "failure to warn" to be negligence-based claims.
A basic negligence claim consists of proof of
1. a duty owed,
2. a breach of that duty,
3. an injury, and
4. that the breach caused the plaintiff's injury.