Product Liability Attorney Orange County
If you have used a product that is faulty and caused you harm, call an Orange County product liability attorney. A lawyer at Dickson, Kohan & Bablove can provide you with information regarding product liability law and help you to understand whether or not you have a case. Before you schedule a consultation, here are some frequently asked questions and our answers to them.
What is product liability?
Product liability actually refers to the company that either manufactured, distributed or sold a product. If that product was manufactured in a way that was bad for you and caused a health problem, the manufacturer could be liable. If a product was intended for adults but sold to children who were subsequently harmed, the retailer could be liable. Essentially, a business would need to have been negligent in their production, distribution or sale of a product in order to be liable for any injuries that product caused you.
How do I know if I have a product liability case?
In order to have a case, you or someone in your family would have needed to be harmed by a product. For example, if you bought something that turned out to be flammable, it caught fire and damaged your home and your person, you would have a case against the manufacturer of that product. If, however, they informed you it was flammable and since you were alerted, you were not harmed, there would be no liability and no case.
Additionally, if you purchased a product that failed to perform the way it was advertised and that failure caused you harm, you could have a case. For example, car seats are supposed to work a certain way, providing a level of protection. If they do not and your child was harmed, you could have a product liability case.
When should I call an Orange County product liability attorney?
If you were harmed and you believe that it was due to the use of a particular product, call us. These cases generally require a greater level of investigation than a typical accident-related injury would. We will ask you questions, look into the details and let you know whether or not we think you have a case and what the likely outcome may be.
How can an Orange County product liability attorney help me?
We have the investigative skills and resources necessary to dedicate towards your case so that evidence can be gathered. It is not enough to claim that you were harmed by a product, you need to prove that you were. We know how to do exactly that and can put those resources to work for you. We can also –
- Protect your rights.
- Ensure that you can file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations is reached (if you call us right away).
- Help you to receive necessary medical care.
- Work to maximize your compensation.
- Negotiate with insurance companies.
- File a lawsuit and represent you in court.
Do I have to file a lawsuit?
We recommend that you do so because it preserves all of your options. In California, there is a statute of limitations and if you do not file your lawsuit before two years have passed, you could lose the opportunity to do so. It is not worth taking this risk. Once your lawsuit is filed, we can negotiate with the other side and there may be an opportunity to settle. However, by filing a lawsuit, they will know that you are serious and be more likely to make a settlement offer.
Can I file a lawsuit for a minor?
Yes, if you are their parent or legal guardian, you can file a product liability lawsuit. An Orange County product liability attorney can assist you. Even if the person injured is seventeen, a legal guardian will need to sign off on retaining an attorney, filing a lawsuit and any decision to accept a settlement offer. As your lawyer, we can help to create various accounts to protect settlement funds and discuss options for how to preserve them until they are old enough to manage the money themselves. For example, money will need to be made available to pay for medical bills and their care but you may want to preserve the rest for future schooling, housing, etc. These are all things we can discuss with you as the case progresses.