Civil Litigation For Injuries Caused By Dangerous Or Defective Products
A civil case alleging product liability is often quite complex, due to the many factors that can cause an injury and the number of defendants it is possible to sue. There may be more than one liable party after a motor vehicle accident involving an auto defect: the manufacturer, the distributor, the installer and/or the inspector of a car or truck that was sold with hazardous parts, for example.
At Glickman & Glickman, with our state-wide practice with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we analyze and prosecute product liability cases from a position of strength. We have years of experience as dedicated lawyers, and our team includes talented members with complex litigation backgrounds that makes us well-suited to take on difficult cases such as injury claims against automakers, vendors and insurers of liable parties.
Things To Know About Your Product Liability Claims In California
To prove a product liability case, your plaintiff’s lawyer will need to show that:
- The defendant designed, manufactured, distributed or sold the product.
- The defect was present when the product left the possession of that defendant.
- You used it in a reasonably foreseeable way.
- You were injured as a result of using that product.
Product liability is a valid legal concept in California even if the defendant did nothing wrong. This is known as strict liability. For example, a food manufacturer or distributor that sold prepared food products containing E. coli that made you sick would have strict liability. They would be responsible for compensating you for injuries even if they were not negligent.
In some cases, your lawyer may be able to show that a defendant did something wrong. A manufacturer or distributor of a defective appliance may have known about previous injury cases involving the product but continued to sell it anyway. This type of claim also falls under the definition of product liability.
Can Your Attorney Protect You Against Common Defenses?
A skilled product liability plaintiff’s trial lawyer can protect you against the primary defenses to product liability claims, such as one of these arguments:
- You used the product in a way that was not foreseeable.
- You modified it in a way that caused the injury.
- You were sophisticated enough of a user to understand their use of the product would be dangerous.
At Glickman & Glickman, our lawyers make sure that our clients’ product liability claims are documented well enough to overcome any such defenses for the manufacturer or vendor of defective products. Let us evaluate your case and get started building a personalized strategy in support of your injury claim. Call 310-746-5116 or send an email to reach us in San Francisco or Los Angeles, and request a free consultation.