Summary: Harshbarger Law, noted for its expertise in personal injury, business and entertainment law, is now protecting clients in product liability cases.
Redlands, Calif. – August 14, 2013 – California has some of the strictest product liability laws in the United States. Many consumers are injured by defective products and others find that manufacturers won’t honor their warranty. These people often don’t get compensated for medical bills, lost wages, or for the loss of their product because they are not aware of their rights. Harshbarger Law is taking new clients in product liability cases to help those who may have suffered due to a defective product.
Product liability cases range from a defective toaster that catches your kitchen on fire to a car off the assembly line with mechanical problems causing an accident. No matter how big or small the case, Harshbarger Law, will focus on the needs of their clients.
Product liability laws are based on four elements:
• The defendant manufactured the product.
• When the product was designed, manufactured or inspected, the defendant was negligent.
• The injury to the plaintiff happened when he or she was using the product.
• The defendant’s error is a major reason for the injury.
California law establishes three reasons for product liability claims.
• Negligence: A company could be accused of negligence for several reasons. Some of those reasons are: (1) the product was not inspected properly and was put on the market with problems, (2) the product was manufactured with a defective part and (3) the product was not properly handled at the time of its manufacture or shipping, providing the product was shipped by the manufacturer. An example of this would be a meat company that failed to keep their products at a certain temperature when processing to prevent bacteria from growing.
• Breach of warranty: This mostly applies to the warranties you receive from the manufacturer when you purchase the product. For example, you purchase a microwave oven with a year’s warranty and it overheats after nine months, causing a small fire. If the manufacturer doesn’t honor the warranty, the owner can take them to court.
• Strict product liability: All that is needed to prove here is that the product was defective before it was purchased.
Before filing a product liability claim, there are a couple of things consumers should know. Anyone thinking about filing a suit to receive compensation for the injury caused by the defective product should keep the defective product and all related documents to prove your claim. You should also contact an attorney as soon as possible because these cases can be very complex.
Consumers who want more information about product liability can visit the Harshbarger Law website at www.harshbargerlaw.com.