Although most of us trust that the products we buy are safe to use and will work as expected,defective product injuries are all too common. Injuries most often occur when a product unexpectedly fails, malfunctions, or even explodes due to a design flaw that the manufacturer did not discover or remedy before the product was released for sale.
Caveat Emptor—Buyer Beware
In the old days, caveat emptor, or “buyer beware” was the rule, which meant you were pretty much on your own. Fortunately the laws have been changing to protect consumers from defective products. But, if you are injured while using a product – a recreational vehicle, a spray can, an appliance, whatever it may be –assuming that the product manufacturer will cover any expenses incurred to treat your injury is often a mistake.
Manufacturers will rarely step up to admit fault or reimburse you for current or future medical expenses. In order to recover damages for injuries, you will most likely need the help of an attorney experienced in the complex issues that surround product liability.
Compensation for Defective Product Injuries
Redding, California personal injury attorneys Barr and Mudford have helped many individuals who have fallen victim to defective products recover the maximum amount allowed by law. Highly regarded throughout the entire Northern California region, the attorneys at Barr and Mudford have made it their mission to help regular people deal with thorny legal matters in a caring and approachable way.
Clients of Barr and Mudford have been awarded literally millions of dollars in compensation for injuries resulting from product defects. Product defects in vehicles are one of the most common areas of legal action. In one case, Barr and Mudford proved that the roofs of many cars are not sufficiently supported to protect occupants from being crushed in the case of a rollover. In another case Barr and Mudford was able to show that because the side windows in the client’s vehicle were not made of the same glass as the windshield, a small child was thrown out of an open side window that broke out rather simply shattered.
Serious defects have been found in the design of water ski boats, electric appliances, construction and shop machinery, electric utility wiring, and many more. Unfortunately some manufactures would still rather risk having to pay compensation for injuries than spend money improving their product. Barr and Mudford is committed to righting those wrongs.
Product Liability Laws are Complicated
Defective product injuries have become much more common in recent years. To protect consumers, manufacturers are now expected to double check their designs and thoroughly test their products prior to release. And to help protect themselves from liability, manufacturers often label common household goods with directions for use and long lists of warnings.
Manufacturers generally issue a recall after several people have been injured or even killed as a result of using their product. Once a recall is issued, you have a responsibility to stop using the product and return it for a replacement, repair, or refund.
But what you have been injured before a recall? What about products that are reportedly safe but then cause injury to you or someone you know?
Product liability laws are complicated. Personal injury attorneys Barr and Mudford know them inside and out. If you’ve been injured while using a product in a safe, normal manner, call us to set up an appointment to talk. There’s no charge for the initial consultation, and you’ll find that the attorneys at Barr and Mudford treat you with the care and respect you deserve, while vigorously protecting your rights. That’s what we’re known for and that’s what you can expect.
It’s important to remember that California statutes of limitation are shorter then you might expect in personal injury cases. It’s critical to take action right away.
Attorneys Barr and Mudford serve clients in the Redding, California area as well as throughout the whole of the Northern California region. To schedule a free consultation, call (530) 243-8008 or (800) 528-2020. You can also reach us by email. We’ll get back to you to discuss your defective product injury case.