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I Suffered Serious Injuries From Using a Defective Product. How Do I File a Claim for My Damages?

September 27, 2022 
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People buy products for their wants and needs, whether it’s a tool, appliances, furniture, toys, food, or even medicine. However, there are times when a particular product becomes defective, causing serious injuries or even live. If you or a loved one is a victim of a defective product, consult a top-rated Los Angeles product liability attorney to help protect your rights. Contact the LA Injury Group at (818) 240-1800 and our expert LA defective product lawyers will help let you know what are your options.  

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LA Defective Product Lawyers: What Makes a Product Defective?

Consumers use or consume products each day, that’s why safety is an important matter. There are several reasons why a product becomes imperfect. 

Design Defects

Flaws in the design occur when there’s a defect in the design of the product itself, making it dangerous to use. An example is an electric appliance that melts when turned on.

Manufacturing Defects

A product has a manufacturing defect if an error occurs during the processing or manufacturing stage. The outcome is a product or set of products that are unsafe to use. An example is a contaminated drug or medicine during its processing.

Labeling Defects

Also called “marketing” or “warning label,” this defect occurs when a product fails to provide safety warnings or proper instructions and other important labels to inform buyers of the possible dangers of using the product.

There are several reasons why consumers were able to procure defective products despite their risks. Most of the time, product manufacturers and distributors alike prioritize the profits they will earn rather than the safety of the consumers buying their products. 

If you were hurt or suffered injuries due to a defective product, seek help from an expert LA defective product attorneys at the LA Injury Group. We’ll help you prove the liable party’s negligence and maximize your compensation.

What are the Types of Product Defects?

Defective products can cause injuries, from slight to moderate to severe. Nevertheless, it all boils down to the negligence of not only one person. There are several kinds of injuries a victim may suffer from using a defective product, including:

Consumer Product Injuries

Products that may cause injuries to users include defective appliances, toys, furniture, clothing, tools, and more. The Consumer Product Safety Commission monitors all documented product defect complaints.

Manufacturing Equipment Injuries

Despite countless campaigns to prevent accidents and injuries, tragedy still happens regarding manufacturing machines and equipment. Among these are meat cutters, power tools, presses, and other machines commonly used in manufacturing and meat processing operations. When an accident occurs, it may crush the bones, amputate a body part, or even kill the operator of such a machine or equipment.

Vehicle Injuries

Defective vehicles can cause catastrophic accidents leading to damaging injuries, such as severe burns, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries among others. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, car and truck defects contribute largely to road accidents.

Drug and Medical Device Injuries

Medical products and devices produce a range of various expected and unexpected side effects and mortality. Liability often depends if whether or not the patient received sufficient warnings. 

Scaffolding Injuries

Each year many people suffer injuries after falling from a scaffolding. A fall from great heights can cause devastating injuries such as broken bones and traumatic brain injury to name a few.

What Recoverable Damages You May Get for Your Injuries?

There’s no questioning that a defective product may hurt, injure, or even kill a user. As an injured consumer, you must deal with costly expenses for your medical treatment and other overheads. It’s just right that you seek compensation to cover all your expenses and losses.   

Damages you may recover include:

Economic damages

These damages pertain to calculated expenses based on your out-of-pocket expenses. It includes:

  • Past and future medical treatment costs
  • Lost wages including future lost wages
  • Surgeries, 
  • Physical therapy
  • Mobility devices
  • Orthopedic devices
  • Transportation costs,
  • Household services
General Damages

Compared to Economic damages, General damages are harder to measure and calculate, and are an important part of any damage claim. They are generally based on the personal and emotional effect of the injuries on the victim’s life. 

This type of damage designates a value to:

  • Physical pain and suffering 
  • Physical injury or impairment 
  • Mental pain and anguish
  • Diminished quality of life 
  • Loss of companionship and support
Punitive Damages

In relevant cases, the court may award punitive damages to penalize the liable party or parties when evidence shows their actions counted as fraud.

California Product Liability Laws

A manufacturer must ensure that the products he makes should not cause harm or injury to the end ensure. In other words, every product that he makes must be safe to use by consumers before it reaches the hands of the consumers.

He can also face charges for his negligence of not informing the consumer of dangerous substances within a particular product. An example is a food manufacturer that fails to warn of the ingredients contained in the food that may cause allergies such as nuts.

If you or a loved one suffered harm or injury regarding a defective product, don’t hesitate to speak with an expert LA defective product lawyer at LA Injury Group to protect your rights as a consumer who suffered harm or injury from using or consuming a defective product.

California Statute of Limitations

In California, the statute of limitations for product liability cases is two years. An expert LA defective product attorney can help you file a claim and ensure it’s within the specified period. Failing to file within two years you devoid yourself of the right to receive compensation. The sooner you file your claim the better. 

Get Help from the LA Injury Group

When you need help with your product liability case, the LA Injury Group will always be here to help you. Our compassionate and expert LA defective product attorney will always be by your side to defend you from the insurance company’s dirty techniques to prevent you from getting compensation.

We have the skills and knowledge to make a successful case. Together, we will win your case. Contact the LA Injury Group today. Dial (818) 240-1800 and schedule a free consultation.

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