Generally speaking, the people and companies responsible for creating consumer products are responsible for ensuring that those products are reasonably safe when used as intended. Unfortunately, this does not stop defective, faulty, and/or dangerous products from getting into the hands of consumers. Every year, thousands of individuals are severely injured or even killed as a result of defective automobiles, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, toxic chemicals, and even faulty household items. When this occurs, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer or distributor of the defective product liable for your medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Our Glendale product liability lawyers understand the complexities involved in this particular type of personal injury litigation. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we are not afraid to take on major companies and insurance companies in pursuit of the fair financial recovery our clients are owed. Since 1998, we have successfully won more than $100 million on behalf of injured individuals in Glendale, Los Angeles, and throughout the San Fernando Valley.
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Types of Product Defects
There are three main ways in which a product can be defective:
- A design defect refers to a flaw in the actual design of the product that makes it unreasonably unsafe for its intended use. This does not mean that an inherently dangerous product, such as a chainsaw, has a defective design; rather, a product must be designed in such a way that the risks of normal use outweigh the potential benefits or the product’s design prohibits it from performing in a way that any ordinary consumer would reasonably expect. In California, defective design is determined by either the risk/benefit test or the consumer expectations test.
- Manufacturing defects occur when an error during the production/manufacturing stage results in a product being unsafe for normal, intended use. Unlike design defects, manufacturing defects do not affect an entire line of products but only specific units. For example, if a batch of pharmaceutical drugs becomes contaminated during production because the bottles containing the drugs are not properly sealed, that specific batch of drugs has a manufacturing defect.
- Despite its somewhat misleading name, a marketing defect has less to do with the actual marketing of a product and more to do with its labeling. Products that lack sufficient warning labels, including lists of potential risks or side effects, may have marketing defects. The same is true if a product doesn’t have proper safety instructions allowing consumers to use the product as intended in a reasonably safe manner.
Californians use countless products every single day and, in general, we rely on these products to work as they are supposed to without unreasonable risks. If you were injured by a defective product, you have the right to take legal action against the liable manufacturer/distributor.
Representing Injured Clients Since 1998
Proving that a defective product was the cause of your injuries or the death of your loved one is rarely a simple task. In the event of a car or motorcycle accident, you may not even realize that a defective tire, airbag, or braking system led to the accident. If your loved one died after taking a defective pharmaceutical drug meant to treat a chronic condition, you may not even know this contributed to their death.
It is important that you work with a team of skilled attorneys in order to better your chance of obtaining justice and the fair compensation you are owed. Our Glendale product liability lawyers are prepared to put over three decades of combined experience to work for you.
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