Product Liability Laws in California
When you’re hurt by a product, it can be difficult to recover from your injuries. You may need to take legal action, but you may not be familiar with California’s product liability laws. So where do you begin?
Your first step may be to discuss your claim with the personal injury lawyers at Kohan & Bablove LLP. We have the right tools to help you understand the complex laws surrounding defective products. Check out a short breakdown of some of the common legal statutes you may need to know before you go to court.
Elements of a California Product Liability Claim
When can you sue for a defective product? The answer may be confusing, as there are many elements to a product liability claim. Here are the elements you’ll need to consider when filing a claim:
- The defendant designed, made, or sold the product – First, you need to determine who’s responsible for your injuries. The defense is typically the person responsible for the defect in the product.
- The product was defective – To sue, you and your lawyer must prove the product was unsafe. For example, if you were burned because your toaster caught fire, you may need to prove the product had a defective heating element.
- The product was used as directed – If you were being careless or using the product incorrectly may hurt your claim. Your lawyer will help you prove you were using reasonable care with the product.
- You were harmed – You also need to prove you were injured by the product. Your lawyer can help you gather medical evidence and other details of your injury.
Time Limits for Product Liability Claims
Now you may be more certain you have grounds for a lawsuit. But you’re already injured, and you don’t have the resources a product liability lawyer can provide. That puts you at a disadvantage, and it can slow progress of the lawsuit down.
California residents only have two years to file for an injury claim. If you wait too long, your claim may be dismissed, leaving you without the compensation you need for your lawsuit.
Luckily, your lawyer can help. Let’s say you suffered because of a defective drug. Your lawyer can review the side effects you experienced, gather evidence the drug was defective, and file your claim before time runs out.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer for Guidance
Hurt by a defective product? You don’t have to know every single law surrounding your claim. That’s what the lawyers at Kohan & Bablove LLP are here for. We can start with a free consultation, discuss your options for compensation and fight doggedly to win you maximum compensation. When you’re ready to speak with a lawyer, call 1-844-404-2400 or complete the online contact form below.