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When consumers purchase products, they trust they are designed, manufactured, and tested to ensure their safety. When companies prioritize profits over people and fail to uphold strict quality control standards, defective products can enter the market, putting unsuspecting consumers at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to a defective product, understanding your legal rights is your first step to justice. Product liability laws protect consumers and hold negligent companies accountable for the harm they cause. 

Filing a product liability claim results in compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to your injury that you are legally entitled to. 

Our experienced product liability attorneys fight for the rights of those harmed by defective products. We have the knowledge, resources, and tenacity to take on even the largest corporations and ensure justice is served. 

Contact our Irvine product liability lawyer today for a free consultation. Let us navigate the complex legal process while you focus on recovering and rebuilding your life.

Why Choose Wilshire Law Firm?

You’ll win with Wilshire. Here’s why:

Experience and Results 

With over 15 years of experience, Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning practice that has secured well over $1 billion in compensation for our clients. 

Our team of over 600 legal professionals utilizes a sophisticated network of highly skilled medical, legal, and forensic professionals to build successful cases across multiple practice areas. We mean business, and we get the job done.

National Recognition 

Our outstanding legal work has earned recognition and top ratings from the legal community. Wilshire Law Firm holds an AV-Preeminent rating on a national level, a prestigious distinction earned by undergoing a strict peer-review process.

Personalized Assistance 

Providing personalized legal assistance is our top priority at Wilshire Law Firm. We take the time to listen to your story, truly understand it, and fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the full recovery you deserve.

Contingency Fees 

We operate on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no upfront costs. Our “No Win, No Fee Promise” means we don’t charge you any legal fees if we don’t win your case.

Ethical Representation

When you trust us with your case, you can expect honest, ethical representation that prioritizes your needs above all else, as outlined in our Client Bill of Rights.

Wilshire Law Firm sets the standard for comprehensive legal services with a history of proven results, top-tier professionalism, and a client-focused approach.

Call our office at (213) 335-2402 for a free, confidential consultation. 

Common Injuries Caused by Defective Products

Defective products cause a wide range of devastating consequences, including:

  • Spinal cord injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can result in partial or complete paralysis, leading to a lifetime of medical care and reduced quality of life.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: Severe blows to the head can cause traumatic brain injuries, which may lead to cognitive impairments, personality changes, and long-term disability.
  • Burns: Defective electrical appliances, flammable clothing, or improperly labeled chemicals can cause severe burns, resulting in excruciating pain, disfigurement, and prolonged rehabilitation.
  • Amputations: Defective machinery, power tools, or vehicles can cause limb loss, forever altering the victim’s life and ability to work or engage in daily activities.
  • Wrongful death: In the most tragic cases, defective products claim the lives of innocent consumers, leaving families devastated and struggling to cope with their loss.

What You Need to Know About Dangerous Product Defects

Products can be hazardous due to three major defect types:

  1. Defective Design– When a product’s fundamental design is flawed, rendering it unreasonably dangerous despite proper manufacturing. This applies to everything from consumer goods to medical devices and drugs.
  2. Manufacturing Defects—Errors during production that cause a product to deviate from its intended safe design specifications, such as defective airbags or construction issues.
  3. Marketing Defects– Failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions about a product’s inherent risks and proper use.

In any defective product case, multiple parties, from designers to manufacturers, could be liable for the damages caused.

Consult an experienced product liability attorney if a poorly designed, improperly made, or inadequately labeled product harmed you. Manufacturers must be held accountable for endangering consumers. Get justice. Get paid.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Defective Product Injury?

The legal process is complex, and understanding the slew of people who can be responsible for a defective product is even more so. Product liability lawyers inform clients of who dropped the ball in this process.

Holding the Entire Supply Chain Accountable 

When a dangerous or defective product causes injury, California’s strict liability rule allows victims to pursue compensation from any entity involved in bringing that product to market – even if their actions didn’t directly cause the defect. 

The potentially responsible parties include:

  • Manufacturers (of the product and its parts)
  • Independent testing laboratories
  • Distributors
  • Suppliers
  • Sales representatives
  • Retailers
  • Hospitals, clinics, or doctors (in case of defective medical devices)

From Initially Flawed Designs to Marketing Failures 

Defective products fall into three categories: design, manufacturing, or marketing defects involving inadequate warnings or instructions. 

Our skilled product liability attorneys systematically investigate and build cases proving unreasonably dangerous flaws from:

  • Fundamental design blueprints rendering the product hazardous.
  • Errors during assembly deviating from intended specifications.
  • Lack of proper labeling about inherent dangers and safe use.

Cutting-Edge Resources to Maximize Recoveries 

When negligent companies rob victims of their health and financial security, we relentlessly pursue justice and maximum compensation. 

Our defective product lawyers leverage the latest technology, renowned experts, and substantial resources to gather irrefutable evidence substantiating liability claims.

Types of Compensation You Can Recover in Product Liability Cases

When a defective product causes injury, California law allows victims to pursue compensation for a wide range of economic and non-economic damages, including:

Economic Damages

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  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages/income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Costs of household assistance

Non-Economic Damages

In cases of malicious or oppressive manufacturer conduct, California also permits the recovery of punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar actions.

The following family members could file a wrongful death claim to recover damages if their loved one died due to a defective product or someone else’s negligence in this state:

  1. Surviving Spouse or Domestic Partner
  2. Surviving Children
  3. Grandchildren (if the deceased’s children predeceased them)
  4. Putative Spouse (someone who had a good faith belief they were married) and their children
  5. Stepchildren
  6. Parents

The damages you can recover in a California wrongful death claim include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of the deceased’s expected earning/income
  • Loss of benefits (e.g. medical, pension plans)
  • Value of household services the deceased provided
  • Loss of love, companionship, guidance, affection, moral support, etc.
  • Compensation for the surviving family members’ grief and sorrow

Maximizing your recovery requires demonstrating the full scope of harm caused by the defective product. Product liability attorneys skilled in these cases engage experts to calculate current and future losses accurately.

What’s Next?

If a defective product injures you, here is the kind of information you should try to gather:

The Defective Product

  • Keep the product that caused your injury and any packaging/instructions. Turn it over to our lawyers immediately.
  • Note the product name, manufacturer, model/serial numbers, place of purchase, etc.
  • Take photographs of the product, any visible defects, and your injuries.
  • Get the names of any witnesses to the incident.

Your Injuries

  • Seek medical attention immediately and get detailed diagnosis and treatment records.
  • Document all visits to doctors, hospitals, therapists, medications prescribed, etc.
  • Record missed work, lost wages, and diminished earning capacity.
  • Write down how your injuries have impacted your daily life and activities.

Other Documentation

  • Preserve all receipts, warranties, and work orders related to the defective product.
  • Get the names and badge numbers of any parties you spoke to about the incident.
  • Keep a record of all expenses related to your injuries.

This documentation demonstrates the product’s defect, tracing responsibility in the distribution chain, and proving the extent of your damages. 

The more information you provide to a product liability lawyer, the stronger your case will be.

What Does a Product Liability Lawyer Do?

A product liability lawyer performs several vital roles and services when representing clients injured by defective products:

Investigation

  • Thoroughly investigate the circumstances around the product defect and resulting injuries.
  • Identify all potentially liable parties in the manufacturing and distribution chain.
  • Work with experts to determine the exact nature of the product defect (design flaw, manufacturing error, marketing defect, etc.)

Case Building

  • Gather and preserve all relevant evidence, including the defective product itself.
  • Interview witnesses and obtain sworn testimony
  • Compile medical records, bills, wage information, and other proof of damages.
  • Develop legal theories and strategies for pursuing claims against liable parties.

Negotiations

  • Attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer before filing a lawsuit.
  • Leverage evidence of liability and damages to maximize the settlement value.

Litigation

  • If you can’t reach a reasonable settlement, file a product liability lawsuit
  • Represent the client throughout the legal process – motions, discovery, depositions, etc.
  • Enlist expert witnesses to substantiate claims around product defects and damages.
  • Present evidence and arguments persuasively in court proceedings and at trial.

Value Maximization

  • Accurately calculate total damages for economic and non-economic losses
  • Pursue compensation not just for current damages but anticipated future costs.
  • In egregious cases, seek punitive damages to punish misconduct and deter future negligence.

The overarching role of a skilled product liability attorney is to be a zealous advocate for the client, protecting the client’s rights and making the best possible case for maximum financial recovery and fastest healing.

How to Find Out if There’s a Recall on Your Defective Product

Here are some tips for finding out if there is a recall on a defective product you own:

Check Government Recall Websites

  • Visit www.recalls.gov – This website from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) lists recalls on consumer products.
  • Go to www.nhtsa.gov for vehicle/automotive recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Search the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov/recalls for recalls on food, medicine, and other products they regulate.

Register Your Products

  • When you purchase a new product, register it with the manufacturer. This allows them to notify you directly in case of a recall.
  • Save any product registration cards that come with purchases.

Check Manufacturer Websites

  • Many companies provide recall information on their websites. Search by product name/model number.
  • Follow the manufacturer on social media, as they often announce recalls there.

Search for News Reports

  • Google the product name/model along with “recall” to see if any major news outlets have reported on a recall.

Sign Up for Recall Alerts

  • Services such as www.saferproducts.gov allow you to sign up for email alerts on recalls.
  • Some consumer organizations also offer free recall notification services.

Contact the Manufacturer

  • Call or email the manufacturer about your product if you cannot find clear recall information elsewhere.

Don’t continue using any defective or recalled products. Consult a product liability lawyer if you’ve already suffered injuries.

Need Justice for Injuries Caused by Defective Products? 

Call Wilshire Law Firm’s Irvine Office Today.

Did a poorly designed or manufactured product leave you or a loved one suffering from preventable harm? Hold corporations accountable when their negligence disrupts lives. 

Wilshire Law Firm’s acclaimed personal injury lawyers in Irvine leverages cutting-edge resources to investigate defects and build impactful cases against manufacturers, distributors, and sellers. 

Our contingency fees mean you pay nothing until we recover the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. Backed by over $1 billion recovered for clients, trust our tenacious advocacy to fight for maximum damages. 

Demand the justice you’re owed – contact our skilled Irvine product liability attorneys now at (213) 335-2402.

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