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Product Liability Claims in Lancaster & Palmdale
If you were injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. At Accident Attorneys, our Lancaster product liability lawyers have extensive experience holding product manufacturers and distributors liable for the harm they cause when they allow unsafe products onto the consumer market. With over 75 years of combined experience and more than $1 billion recovered for our clients, we are prepared to handle your product liability claim.
The Basics of a Defective Product Claim
Defective product claims are based on evidence that the plaintiff's injury was the result of defects that make the product unsafe to use under the normal intended circumstances. The case may involve a single isolated defect occurring only in the item that caused the plaintiff's injury, or it may be a defect that is found throughout the entire product line. In either case, you should not be forced to pay the price for the manufacturer's negligence.
There are three primary types of defects that can affect a product’s safety:
- Design Defects: If a product is poorly designed, making it inherently and unreasonably unsafe for normal/typical use, this is known as a design defect. An example of this would be a ladder that lacks the locking mechanism to hold it in place, causing it to collapse when used.
- Manufacturing Defects: This type of defect occurs when a mistake made during the actual production phase makes a product or batch of products unreasonably unsafe. An airbag that is improperly installed in a vehicle would be one example of a manufacturing defect.
- Labeling Defects: If a product lacks instructions, warnings, or other relevant labels, it has a labeling defect. An example of this would be a certain phone charger that is prone to overheating but does not come with warning labels noting this potential danger.
Unlike other types of personal injury claims, you do not necessarily have to prove that anyone was negligent when seeking compensation in a product liability claim. This is because entities involved in the production, manufacturing, and distribution of products are generally liable for those products under what is known as “strict liability.”
However, it is important to note that, in most cases, you can only recover damages if you can prove that you were harmed by a product due to a defect and that you were using the product as it was intended to be used at the time you were injured. If you fail to follow safety instructions or warnings, modify a product, or use it in a way that it was not designed for and are injured, you will likely be unable to bring a claim.
Pursuing Fair Compensation
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an accident that you believe was caused by inherent design flaws or defects in a product, we may be able to help you pursue financial compensation for your losses. From medical bills to lost wages, we fight for full and fair financial recovery.
If your accident could have been prevented through better research and development, stricter quality control, or better labeling and warning, our Lancaster product liability lawyers want to hear from you.
Trust Your Case to an Award-Winning Legal Team
The legal team at Accident Attorneys has a proven track record of success in taking on large manufacturers whose negligence has caused injury or death to the consumer, and we are ready to take action on your case.
If someone else's negligence or carelessness caused your accident, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for your damages. Speak with a lawyer from Accident Attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options with our firm. You can also fill out an online evaluation form for additional information about your unique case.
Every case is different. A variety of circumstances determine the value of your claim. Property damage, medical expenses, hospitalization fees, pain, and suffering, missed wages, and many other factors can affect the outcome of your case.
You can even collect damages for future unemployment / missed wages and ongoing medical costs. Speak with a member of the legal team at Accident Attorneys to learn more about the potential value of your case.
If you file a claim against an individual, his / her insurance company is probably aware of the judgment. If the insurance is unaware of the settlement, you can notify the insurer. At this point, the insurance provider should issue a check for the settlement.
If the responsible party does not have insurance, you may need to enter the settlement with the court. The court has the authority to enforce the judgment if the responsible party refuses to pay.
There is no minimum amount of money allowed for a personal injury settlement; every case is determined by the unique facts surrounding the claim. Additionally, most jurisdictions do not have a cap on the amount of my money that you can receive through a personal injury settlement.
In California, the amount of money that you can receive for noneconomic damages (pain, suffering, etc.) for a medical malpractice case is limited to $250,000; however, other injury settlements are not subject to this restriction.
Generally speaking, parents are not allowed to access any money given to their child for a personal injury settlement. This is because some parents may take the money for their own benefit instead of the child.
Your child's money will probably be placed in a blocked bank account that only he / she can access at the age of 18. The court may allow you to access the money sooner, but only if it is needed for the child's well-being or health.