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Questions About Product Liability?

Children's Product Liability FAQ

Answers from Knowledgeable Product Liability Attorneys

Do you and your family have questions concerning a child product liability suit? Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients who have been hurt by dangerous products. We are well-versed in assessing the concerns of our clients and executing comprehensive and effective legal strategies against the responsible parties on their behalf.

We've provided a few common answers to client concerns below. Contact us directly at (866) 884-1717 for information on your specific child product liability claim.

What is "product liability?"

U.S. regulators have put in place safety standards that product manufacturers must follow if they wish to put a product out on the market. Despite these regulations, numerous dangerous products reach retailers every year and put consumers and their children in harm's way.

When one of these dangerous products hurts someone because of its design, its manufacturing, or its inaccurate (or absent) warning labels, the manufacturers can be held liable, or financially responsible, for the injury and its related costs and effects.

Who is responsible for my child's injury?

In most cases, the product's manufacturer can be held responsible for a dangerous child product injury. However, in other cases, there are other parties that may be liable:

  • Distributors
  • Designers
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers

In some cases, a safe product may have been rendered dangerous due to its ownership of someone else. This is common in the cases of faulty playground equipment and lead paint injuries.

For these claims, it may be appropriate to hold the property owners accountable. Our product liability lawyers can help assess your case and determine who should be held responsible for your child's injury.

How much is my claim worth?

Every child product injury claim is different. The seriousness of the injury and the circumstances surrounding the accident will have a bearing how much money to pursue.

While it's impossible to estimate the value of a claim without first evaluating it, our firm can ensure maximum compensation is sought. We don't believe in quick, partial settlements for our clients and always make sure that we seek relief that comprehensively addresses the child's injury and the family's long-term needs.

My child was hurt x years ago—can we still file suit?

California law imposes a two-year statute of limitation on product liability claims. This means two years from the date of the accident, or, in cases where the cause of an injury is somehow gradual or undetectable, two years from when accident should have been discovered.

What if I don't know if my child's injury was caused by a product?

Injury cases involving children can sometimes be hard to determine. Children are curious, rambunctious, and are sometimes hurt by items while not in sight of their parents. If you are unsure whether or not a product was responsible for your child's injury, our team can help. We can help assess the facts of your child's accident and determine whether or not legal action is appropriate.

We no longer have the product that hurt our child. Can we still file?

It's the first instinct of a lot of parents to discard a dangerous product as soon as possible following an accident. Whether or not doing this hurts your injury claim, however, depends on the nature of the accident.

If your child was hurt by the design of the product, or because the packaging of the product did not include sufficient warnings—those things can be easily reproduced by exhibiting the same product from a retailer. However, if your child was hurt due to a manufacturing defect that was specific to the product that you purchased, it may be harder to substantiate a claim without having the product in your possession. Speak with your lawyer about your legal options if you no longer have access to the product in question.

I want to take action. What do I do next?

Your first step should be to contact a dedicated child product liability lawyer today.

At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, we are ready to offer you a free case evaluation to start the process and provide more specific answers to your family's concerns.

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  • Results-Oriented Counsel

    Our firm has been recognized nationally and locally for achieving landmark results, including multi-million dollar recoveries!

  • Experienced Legal Advocates

    Our team draws on more than 35 years of combined experience to help represent clients to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Client-Centered

    Our client services are focused on you, your rights, and your best interests. We proudly give the innocently injured a powerful voice.

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    You can get started on your case today by giving us a call. We would be happy to review your case at no charge or risk to you.