Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers have decades of experience pursuing defective products claims on behalf of injured California consumers. Our product defect attorneys and experts take on some of the largest corporations and win.
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If you or a loved one suffered injuries or died due to a dangerous or defective product, contact our experienced product liability lawyers in California. We offer a free, confidential consultation. There is no upfront cost to pursue a claim. We only collect a fee for our services if financial recovery is successful. Contact us today to see if you have a defective product claim.
We Fight for Your Rights After Defective Product Injuries
Whether your defective product was a household device, a vehicle, or safety equipment at work, we can advise you of your legal options to seek compensation from the manufacturer. You should trust that the products you buy or use will be safe, and when they are not, large corporations should be fully liable for the harm they cause.
Our legal team works with clients who suffered injuries from many types of products, including small appliances, toxic chemicals like paraquat, and dangerous drugs and medical devices.
Some examples of money we recovered for clients include:
- $14,250,000 for a nine-year-old child who took over-the-counter children’s Motrin and then developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare and serious condition
- $5,000,000 for a woman who developed primary pulmonary hypertension after taking a popular diet pill that manufacturers said was safe
- $3,000,000 for a man who contracted a serious virus when doctors used a faulty heater-cooler device during his open-heart surgery
Whether you suffered injuries from a medical device, pharmaceutical or any other product that you believed was safe, our defective product lawyers can advise whether you have a valid claim for products liability.
What Is Product Liability?
Product liability refers to the premise that a person or business must ensure the products they design, manufacture and sell are safe for the general public when used as intended. Product liability can occur during the design, production or distribution of a product. When someone sustains a personal injury or dies due to a problem with a product, they may have a products liability claim.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to a defective or recalled product, contact the California product liability law firm of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers now for a free, confidential consultation. Our skilled legal team is available to review your potential claim and advise you of your legal options. Our attorneys never collect a fee for services unless we obtain financial recovery for you. Call 1-888-938-6189 now for your free case review.
What Are Product Liability Claims?
A product liability claim is a means to make the injured person whole and hold the irresponsible party accountable. Injured parties can bring product liability claims, and if the injured party is a child, their representative can file the claim. In some product liability claims, the person doesn’t just have injuries, but they died due to their product-related accident. When someone loses a loved one due to product liability, a family representative can bring a wrongful death claim.
Product liability claims stem from one or more of the following:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Part manufacturing defects
- Warning label defects
- Wholesaler defects
- Retailer or marketing defects
Some people might receive a notice at some point that a product they purchased was subject to recall, and either a product manufacturer or the government may institute a product recall. From baby crib bumpers to the rear bumper on your car, products can fall under a recall when it is apparent they are unsafe, generally after reports of accidents and injuries. Products can be unsafe because they weren’t manufactured properly, and they can be unsafe by design. A product liability case claiming a defective product is just one way to generate a product recall, keeping other consumers safe.
Our California product liability attorneys stand ready to speak with you to evaluate your potential claim. If you or a loved one suffered injuries from a dangerous product, contact us today. There are strict time limitations for making a claim. Failure to file a claim within the statute of limitations can forever bar your right to recovery. Contact us now for a free, no-pressure consultation by calling the firm, using the live chat feature, or completing the contact form on this page.
Product Liability for Instapot and Other Small Household Appliances
We are always looking for ways to make our lives more convenient, and in the past decade, the Instapot (Instant Pot) grew in popularity in California. While this small appliance can help in our busy lives, it also has a serious risk of causing explosions, fires, and serious burns.
Some Instapots have product defects, making them malfunction under high pressure. Certain brands of Instant Pots are subject to recall due to complaints of injuries, and anyone who suffered burns or other harm due to an Instapot explosion or fire should reach out to our firm. Our California product liability attorneys are actively taking these cases.
Many other small appliances can be faulty and malfunction, including blenders, food processors, Crock Pots, air fryers, and many more. You should trust that when you plug an appliance into your home, you will not end up in the emergency room. However, this is all too common, and you need the right product liability assistance from our team following an injury.
Similarly, medical devices may be defective, leading to a product liability claim. For example:
- A compression sleeve may have an improper design.
- A heart valve may have the incorrect grade of materials.
- A hip replacement device might shed dangerous chemicals into your body.
- A medical device may include marketing for use other than its intended use.
- A Paragard IUD can break apart, causing serious internal injuries to women.
Any of these events could lead to a medical failure that harms a patient. It may result in permanent injury, irreversible medical condition, or death, and victims deserve to fully recover financially for their unexpected medical device injuries through a product liability claim.
Doctors prescribe medication for many reasons – from keeping us well to healing us when we are sick to preventing dangerous conditions or reducing our risks of health problems. Pharmaceuticals can improve the quality of our life and the lives of our loved ones, however, sometimes, pharmaceuticals can also cause serious injury or death.
In some cases, the problem is with the drug itself. For example, a drug that lowers your cholesterol but increases your risk of getting skin cancer to 100 percent within three years of taking the drug should not be a safe drug by any measure.
It might seem surprising that medications make it onto shelves and are prescribed by doctors when they have serious side effects. However, the recent Zantac situation illustrates how possible this can be. After being one of the most popular and widely-used over-the-counter and prescription medications for years, researchers discovered excessive carcinogen levels in Zantac. Many long-time users of the heartburn medication had received cancer diagnoses. This led to many lawsuits that are still pending, and if you have cancer after taking Zantac, please reach out to our California product liability lawyer today.
Most drugs on the market will have some side effects for some people. Some drugs have specific problems when interacting with other medications a person is taking. When a drug has known side effects or known problems when interacting with other medications, manufacturers must use warning labels to notify the user of these potential side effects. Failure to warn about such risks could lead to product liability claims.
There are many different ways a vehicle may be defective, which may give rise to a strict liability claim. For example, the car’s design may be inherently dangerous when in a head-on collision. Alternatively, there may be a manufacturing defect, such as an airbag that deploys without warning because something went wrong during the manufacturing process. There may be a problem with how the manufacturer installed the brakes. Any problem with the car’s design or parts can lead to a vehicle recall and product liability litigation.
Contrary to what the movies may have you believe, planes don’t just fall out of the sky. Instead, the fault may lie with the wingspan design, the ability of the engine to handle rough air, the ability of the instruments to detect how close the plane is to the ground, or the ability of the wheels to drop when necessary.
Products liability claims in aviation may relate to the design of the airplane or the design of a particular part of the airplane. An aviation design defect claim may relate to the manufacture of parts subsequently installed in the airplane. It may instead relate to the use of certain parts, such as nuts and bolts, on certain areas of the aircraft. Failures in design, manufacture, or installation could lead to serious injury or death.
Product Liability Lawsuit Settlements
Like other types of cases in the court system, most product liability lawsuits settle without the need for a trial. There are many reasons for this. First, in most cases, the manufacturer, designers, wholesaler or retailer will offer a settlement as an alternative to trial. Product liability attorneys often recommend settlement if the offer is reasonable. Settlements are far less stressful than trials.
Additionally, settlements provide certainty. At a trial, a jury can award any amount—or no amount at all. With a product liability lawsuit settlement, the wrongdoer and the product liability attorney, on behalf of their client and with the client’s permission, agree to an amount both sides can live with. Any product liability attorney can tell you another motivator for considering settlement rather than trial is the very real possibility of an appeal.
After a trial, either side can appeal the verdict. An appeal can add one or more years to the time it takes to resolve the case. In some cases, the appellate courts will toss out a jury verdict and return the case to the lower courts. This leaves the parties back at the beginning, and they must start the trial over again. This, of course, may lead to another jury verdict, which can then lead to another appeal. Product liability lawsuit settlements put an end to the process.
Things a Product Liability Lawsuit Settlement Covers
Product liability lawsuit settlements typically include:
- Lost past wages
- Lost future earnings
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
In cases where someone dies due to a faulty product, a product liability lawsuit wrongful death settlement also covers funeral expenses for the victim. In certain instances, victims may be eligible to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages aim to punish a manufacturer or distributor for knowingly engaging in bad conduct and deter others from doing the same.
While no amount of money can compensate a victim’s family for the loss of their loved one, product liability attorneys negotiate a sum of money as compensation to the family as part of the product liability lawsuit settlement.
Product Liability Attorney In California
There are no federal laws that govern product liability. Consequently, each state must carve out its own rules for product liability. As a trusted California product liability law firm, Nadrich & Cohen and its legal team handle many California product liability lawsuit settlements, as well as trials when necessary. But we don’t just limit ourselves to cases out of California. We represent clients across the country, protecting their rights and advocating on their behalf.
Request Your Free Product Liability Case Review Now
Call the product liability lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers now for a free, confidential consultation. We can provide a free case review, answer your questions and advise you of your legal options. We never collect a fee for our services unless a recovery is successful.