Manufacturers, distributors, and other companies involved in the production and sale of consumer products in the United States are held to a certain standard when it comes to product safety. They must design and produce products that are reasonably safe to use and are free from defects. They must properly market these products and must include appropriate warning labels and instructions for use. When they fail to uphold these standards in any way, innocent consumers may be seriously injured.
Were you injured by a defective or dangerous product? Piering Law Firm is here to uphold your right to compensation. We fight for consumers across Sacramento County who have been harmed by defective products, going to battle against the largest manufacturers to see that justice is served. With a Sacramento product liability attorney from our firm on your side, you can trust that we will do everything possible to secure a favorable and swift result.
Product Liability Attorneys Serving Sacramento County, CA
Defective product lawsuits are governed by the principle of strict liability, which means that manufacturers or other companies can be held legally responsible for injuries caused by their products, regardless of specific negligence or fault. You do not need to prove fault, but you must still establish certain factors in order to secure compensation for your injuries.
To succeed in a product liability lawsuit, you must be able to prove:
- The product had a defect of some kind;
- You suffered a quantifiable injury; and
- The defect was the proximate (probable, most likely) cause of your injury.
Types of Product Defects
In the simplest terms, a product is defective when it poses an unreasonable risk of harm to those who us a product as intended. There are three main categories of product defects, which are outlined below.
The first is a defect in the design of the product. When a product's design has a flaw any person who uses that product could be hurt. As this defect arises before the product is even manufactured, the root of this issue is early on the life of the product.
Defects with the design are not the only reason a consumer might be injured due to the use of a product. It is possible the way in which the product is manufactured could result in a product defect as well. Issues with manufacturing could include parts that are faulty, or in some cases, missing.
Lack of Instructions or Adequate Warnings
Even when a product is defect free in both its design and the way it is manufactured, it is possible a product liability claim could be filed if a person is hurt while using it. This type of claim could arise if the product that inflicted the injury is not accompanied by information regarding its safe use. Information of this nature should be included with products that are dangerous when used as intended, or, if there is a hidden danger accompanying the use.
Put 50+ Years of Experience in Your Corner
Our Sacramento defective product lawyers handle all types of product liability cases, including those involving auto parts, children’s toys and nursery products, household appliances, power tools, industrial products, ladders, lawnmowers, and more. We have the resources and skill to build a powerful case on your behalf, and the commitment to follow through.
A wrongful death judgment secured for a child who lost his mother as a result of domestic violence.
Complex wrongful death motorcycle accident involving product liability claims against both helmet and motorcycle luggage manufacturers.
Motorcycle vs. automobile collision resulting in below knee amputation. Client was riding motorcycle and defendant pulled out in front of him, resulting in a severe injury to client's leg, which ultimately led to the amputation of his leg, just below the knee.
Case involving serious injuries to a motorcycle rider who was involved in an accident with a shuttle bus on the freeway in San Francisco.
A settlement in a wrongful death action as a result of a crash that took the life of a motorcyclist.
Against Bar/Security Company
34-year-old software sales associate out with friends drinking at a bar in San Francisco. After a few hours, he leaves the bar to go home and gets in an argument outside of the club with a security guard.
Recovery for the victim of a rear-end traffic collision with a big rig that resulted in a neck injury.
Verdict received after trial for the victim of a rear-end traffic collision involving a commercial trucking company.
A policy limit settlement involving a head-on collision on a notoriously dangerous stretch of highway between State Highway 99 in Sacramento and Marysville, commonly known as "blood alley".
Pedestrian Wrongful Death
The defendant's primary limits of $250,000 were tendered in response to a conditional limit demand that required disclosure of all other coverages. The defendant had an excess policy of $1,000,000.00 which was tendered along with the primary limits.
John listened to me, gave great advice, put together a plan then followed through.”