FAQ: Product Liability Cases in L.A.
Ask a Los Angeles Product Liability Lawyer for Help
If you have been injured due to a defective product, contact Shoop | A
Professional Law Corporation right away. The
Los Angeles product liability attorneys at our firm are familiar with the process of product liability. In order
to help you understand the process further, we have answered some of the
frequently asked questions. Call today if you have any other questions
or need representation in your case.
When should I speak to a product liability attorney?
An attorney should be contacted whenever an individual believes that he
or she was injured due to the negligent manufacture or design of a product.
It is important to review your case with an attorney immediately so that
too much time does not pass between your injury and the legal action taken.
A lawyer may need to review the evidence and ensure that it is not tampered
with or gotten rid of. An attorney a our firm can evaluate your claim
and advise you on your best course of action.
What are the different types of defective product liability claims?
There are several different types of claims but the general lawsuits filed
can be grouped into three categories. The first is manufacturing defects
which means that the factory or some place between the factory and the
place of purchase, there was an error with the product. The second type
of claim is a design defect which means that the idea or design of the
product is defective. Even if the product was manufactured correctly,
the design is the flaw. Cases like these would not be for one faulty product,
it would be an entire line of products in which the design is unreasonably
dangerous. Last, there are marketing defects for products. These cases
involve inadequate warning labels or instructions that make the product
dangerous to use.
What do I have to prove if I want to receive compensation and win my case?
The evidence that you need will vary according to your specific case. Generally
you will need to prove four things to win your case. First, you need to
prove that you were indeed injured or suffered damage in some way. You
cannot file a claim that you were "almost" injured. Second,
you will need to prove that the product involved was defective in some
way or that there were inadequate warnings. Third, you will need to prove
that the defect of the product was the cause of your injury. You cannot
make a claim for an injury that occurred while using a defective product
if the product was not the specific cause of your injury. Lastly, you
will need to prove that you were using the product in the way it is intended
to be used when you suffered from the injury. You cannot make a claim
that the product caused your injury if you were using a product in a way
that it is not meant to be used.
What type of product is considered dangerous?
Any product that is negligently manufactured, designed, or that does not
have proper warnings visible can be considered a dangerous product.
Can I file my case at any time?
You may not file your case at any time you choose due to the fact that
there is a limited amount of time in which you may file called a "statute
of limitations". In order to find out if your claim is still valid,
you need to speak with an attorney.
What is a defective product?
A defective product is a product that causes injury due to an inherent
defect in the product itself. In such a case, the manufacturer of the
product or the distributer may be held liable. These products could be
a number of things from defective airbags to a dangerous drug. In any
case that involves defective products, it is extremely important to speak
with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney at your soonest convenience.
An attorney from our firm can provide you with a free consultation so
that you can begin immediately.
What types of compensation can I fight for in my claim?
You can file for compensatory damages along with punitive damages. The
compensatory damages are meant to reimburse you for your financial and
physical hardships due to the injury. These include your medical expenses,
lost income and property damage. Compensatory damages can also be for
your physical pain and suffering. Punitive damages may be awarded to punish
the defendant in order to deter other people from acting in the same way.
What types of product liability cases can Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation
Our legal team provides the skilled representation needed in all types
of product liability cases, including but not limited to
defective off-road vehicles,
dangerous infant products,
Cal-OSHA non-compliance, and
wrongful death claims. We carefully document the case as
proving negligence and all damages is crucial when filing a claim.
We assist with claims related to
commercial and residential fires,
breach of warranty,
strict products liability,
failure to warn,
road design defects,
seat belt failure,
industrial equipment, and
farm machinery injury claims.