Defective Product Liability
In our consumer-oriented society, we depend on businesses and manufacturers to sell us nearly everything a modern Western lifestyle requires: food, clothing, shelter, transportation, entertainment, recreational equipment, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc.
Our economy and lifestyle rely on consumer products, and we in turn rely on the producers and manufacturers to provide us—in exchange for our money-with safe and reliable products that will enhance our lives, not detract from them. We have a legal right to expect that when we use a product as intended, it should not cause harm or injury. If it does, we can hold the manufacturer or producer liable for our damages.
If you or a member of your family has been injured or killed by a defective consumer product that was used for the purpose intended, you may be entitled to recover damages from the person, business, or entity responsible for the defect. That might, depending on the circumstances, be a manufacturer of a finished product, a manufacturer of some component of a product, a designer, a wholesaler, a shipper, a retailer, or anyone at all who contributed to the production, instructional material, distribution, packaging, or marketing of the product.
Strict Liability for Defective Product Damages
Proving liability for injury or death caused by a defective product is different from other personal injury liability cases because the doctrine of “strict liability” comes into play. Strict liability means that the manufacturer of the defective product is liable even if you can’t show any proof that the manufacturer was negligent. Simply put, whoever made the product is responsible for ensuring that its proper use for its intended purpose does not harm the user.
What Your Lawyer Needs to Prove
To recover compensation for your damages from a defective product, you will need a personal injury lawyer with a track record of wins against corporate defendants. In addition to proving your damages, you will need to prove these elements through your lawyer:
- That the product had an “unreasonably dangerous” defect
- That the defect caused you to be injured while using the product as intended
- That the product was not altered from the original condition it was in when it was purchased
Defective Product Damages
Your lawyer will need to document your injuries and expenses by assembling medical records, payroll records, receipts, bank or credit card statements, or canceled checks to prove out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, your lawyer will document and present evidence for other damages that have to do with your quality of life, such as pain, suffering, cognitive impairment, inability to perform daily tasks, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of sexual function, relationship damage, psychological damage, and emotional anguish. These “general” damages are unique to you because they reflect the loss of the quality of your life you had before the accident.
Top Notch Legal Representation
Finding the right product liability attorney in Southern California is as easy as picking up the phone and calling the Singleton Law Firm in San Diego. We have a documented record of securing high value settlements and verdicts for various clients, including many in excess of a million dollars, and we have years of experience going up against corporate defendants who have allowed their hunger for profits to override their concern for the safety of their customers.
While we can’t guarantee any particular dollar amount for your case, we can promise that as a client of Singleton Law Firm, you will have the benefit of some of California’s best legal minds working tirelessly to bring you the best possible return consistent with the damages you have suffered. In addition, whenever appropriate, we will add a claim for punitive damages for particularly egregious disregard for your well-being.
Call Singleton Law Firm today to learn how we can help.