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Defective Product Injury: When Should You Hire a Lawyer?

If you’ve suffered a defective product injury, when is the right time to hire a lawyer?

The short and simple answer is “the sooner the better.” The earlier an attorney gets involved in the process on your behalf, the more likely it is that you’ll receive the compensation you’re entitled to.

The team at Cohn & Swartzon, a personal injury law firm in Southern California, has years of experience navigating the complexities of defective product injury claims for clients. One of the most important aspects of any defective product case is working with our clients to determine who is legally responsible for the incident.

Legal Responsibility For Defective Product Injuries

California product liability laws are designed to protect consumers and hold companies responsible for damages caused by their defective products. According to the state’s “strict liability” laws, consumers can take action by filing a product liability claim.

If you were injured by a defective product, California law also states that you must bring your claim to court within two years of the incident for cases involving death or injury.

3 Defect Categories in Product Liability Cases

To proceed with a product liability claim, your attorney must be able to prove that a defect caused the accident or injury to occur. These defects typically fall into one of three categories – design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects.

Design defects are flaws that exist before the product is manufactured that make it unreasonably dangerous. Notably, California is one of just three states with strict liability regulations that require defendants to justify their design in product liability cases and prove that there was no defect.

Manufacturing defects are flaws in individual products that appear during the manufacturing process. Unlike design defects, which can affect an entire product line, these are products that deviate from their intended design. 

Manufacturing defect cases also fall under strict liability in California, but they can be difficult to prove.  Choosing experienced attorneys who can investigate and build a credible claim is essential if you are faced with a product liability case of this type.

Finally, marketing defects usually involve inadequate safety warnings on the products themselves. In these situations, sellers in California are strictly liable for provable injuries that occurred because a product was used logically or predictably.

Finding the Right Lawyer for Your Defective Products Injury

If you are considering filing a claim and pursuing compensation for your defective product injury, it’s important to contact a law firm that has experience with these cases as soon as possible. 

The right lawyer for your defective products injury case will investigate thoroughly to determine who should be held liable for damages. Your attorney should also negotiate with the insurance companies and their legal team to ensure you receive full compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.

“Flawed products and irresponsible manufacturing practices injure and kill millions of innocent consumers every year, often because companies fail to meet quality control guidelines that protect the public. We stand up to insurance companies and advocate for our clients’ needs to ensure that negligent parties are held accountable for the damages and suffering they cause.

– Jason D. Cohn, Founding Partner, Cohn & Swartzon

In simple terms, if you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, it’s never too soon to contact an attorney. And if you proceed with Cohn & Swartzon as your legal partner, you won’t pay a dime until and unless we secure a settlement.

Set up a free consultation with Cohn & Swartzon to discuss your defective product injury claim.



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