Product Liability Lawyers Serving Clients in Vallejo and Fairfield-Suisun
When a consumer product injures you
The people and companies that design, manufacture and distribute products are responsible for ensuring that those products are safe for consumers. If they fail in that responsibility, they can be held liable for injuries that result. If you or a family member has been injured by an unsafe or defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury, but keep in mind that your case must be filed within 2 years, as per the California statute of limitations for personal injury claims. At Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC, our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in product liability lawsuits. We not only understand California law regarding products liability, but we know how to present your case so that you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
What makes a product defective?
For you to be compensated for your product-related personal injury, a court must determine that your injury was caused because the product was defective. Products may be determined to be defective in any of three ways:
- Manufacturing Errors— The construction of a product or the materials used in its manufacture may be harmful to the user. For example, the Nap Nanny recliner for babies was recalled in 2012 because of five deaths purportedly resulting from a manufacturing error.
- Design flaws— A product may be manufactured properly, but be so flawed in its design that it presents a danger to the user. Some years ago, people were injured in Ford Explorers that unexpectedly tipped over when cornering, reportedly because of a design flaw.
- Failure to provide sufficient warning or instructions— Some products, though they pose some danger to users, also provide a benefit when used properly. In such cases, the manufacturer must warn the public of misuse and provide clear and accurate instructions in safe use of the product. For example, a few years ago, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) insisted that several drug manufactures relabel their antidepressants because of deaths that had occurred with adolescent users.
What determines success for a claim?
No two cases will be the same, but you will likely need to be able to prove that the following are true:
- The product is defective
- You were injured and/or suffered a tangible, measurable loss
- It was the defect in the product that caused your injury or loss
- You were using the product as directed or intended
If you suspect you or a family member has been injured by a product because of improper manufacture, design or distribution, the law firm of Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC can help you determine whether you have a valid claim, and, if so, help you file a timely and complete claim. Furthermore, if the product that injured you has been injuring others, our attorneys can help you join or initiate a class action lawsuit.
Reliable product liability attorneys ready to help you seek compensation in Fairfield-Suisun or Vallejo
When a consumer product fails to perform as indicated, and injures you in the process, you have the right to seek compensation. To learn more about how the lawyers at Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC can help, call our law firm at 707-552-3630 or contact us online today.
Our availability is flexible, and we are happy to schedule appointments outside the normal workday hours at your convenience. Members of our staff speak Spanish, and we also offer Tagalog and Ilocano translation services. Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC maintains office locations in Vallejo and Fairfield-Suisun, California, and represents clients throughout Solano, Contra Costa and Napa Counties.