Product Liability

Every day, we use an array of different products.  We trust that these products will be safe, and that government regulations will ensure that manufacturers will be held to certain standards.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Too often, we only find out that a product is unsafe when a person — or multiple people — are hurt. In these situations, the victims may file what is known as a product liability lawsuit.  These claims are based on a theory that a dangerous or defective product caused harm to a person or group of people.

At the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn, we have substantial experience representing clients who have been hurt by harmful products.  We offer free initial consultations, where we will evaluate your case, and never charge a fee unless we obtain a settlement or award for you.  Contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.

Proving a Product Liability Case

In California, product liability claims are based on a theory of strict liability.  This means that a victim (plaintiff) does not need to prove that the manufacturer (defendant) was negligent in some way.  Instead, you will need to prove three elements:

  1. The product was manufactured, sold or distributed by the defendant;
  2. The product had a manufacturing defect, was defectively designed, did not have proper instructions or failed to warn consumers about its dangers; and
  3. The defect or failure to warn consumers caused harm to the plaintiff.

You will also need to show that you used the product in the way that it was intended to be used in order to prevail in a California product liability case.

Types of Product Liability Cases

Almost any type of case can be the subject of a product liability lawsuit.  In recent years, victims of dangerous or defective products have filed claims against manufacturers of the following types of products after they suffered illnesses or injuries:

  • E-cigarettes
  • Talcum powder
  • Medical devices
  • Children’s toys
  • Tires
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Automotive parts

In a product liability case, a victim who has been injured by a dangerous or defective product files a claim, arguing that the product had a manufacturing defect, that it was defectively designed, or that the defendant failed to warn consumers about a potential hazard associated with its use.  On that basis, the victim suffered harm.

Work with a California Product Liability Lawyer

Product liability cases can be complex and technical, and may require the opinion of experts who can offer insight into how or why a product is defective.  At the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn, we have the resources to retain top notch experts to prove a product liability case.  With more than 50 years of experience, we are skilled at working with professionals across a range of specialities to help you get a favorable result.

If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, we can help.  Contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation with a seasoned California product liability lawyer.

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