Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg in Santa Monica, California have acted on behalf of many people who have suffered injuries as a result of a defective product and have won many millions of dollars in compensation for the effects that these products have on people’s lives.
Product liability is something that any manufacturer, or supplier of consumer goods, is well aware of and this requirement should cover anybody who has been injured when one of these products fails to do what it is supposed to do. While there is always a small chance of some manufactured goods slipping past a well organized quality control set up, the number of defective products just seems to keep on growing.
A growing source of defective products is the stream of cheap, imported goods
Defective products certainly do not all originate here in the United States. People want their goods as cheaply as possible sometimes, but cheap goods are not necessarily that safe. A fair number of products are now directly imported into this country from places where monitoring of product safety might not be a priority or even ever considered. This does not excuse the supplier or distributor of imported goods in the United States as they may be deliberately making available goods that are known to be a hazard elsewhere.
Some companies are trying to cut their manufacturing or distribution costs as much as possible in order to compete against a rival company. Both companies can end up shortcutting on checking the safety record of a product they produce or distribute with potential disastrous results just waiting to happen.
How good were the warnings and instructions?
Of course, there are many products that have a known potential to be a hazard if they are not handled properly or not maintained as well as they should be. In these circumstances, clear warnings about the potential hazards involved should be printed somewhere on the product or in an instruction manual.
Defective product injuries are a major component of the nation’s accident statistics. The statistics indicate that up to twenty million people suffer from the effects of defective products every year in the United States and only a minority of them go on to make a product liability claim against the manufacturer or supplier of the product.
What sorts of things routinely turn up as defective products?
The number of automobiles, or even SUVs, that have been fitted with a defective part is quite high. Sometimes, a whole range of automobiles or other vehicles hit the headlines because there has been a product recall. This can even happen to defective products that have been installed on a commercial airplane. While plane flight is much safer now than it ever was in the past, despite the record number of flights that are made, we still hear of airplane recalls from time to time because of a defective part being discovered which can affect the entire fleet. It is at these times that we are glad we weren’t on one of the planes when the defective component failed.
The variety of defective products that can potentially be a health hazard or inflict injury is astounding. Toys, guns, furniture, clothing, electronic gadgets, electric fires and tools – these are just a few of the things that might turn up to be defective.
If you have been a victim of a defective product and have been injured, then you should make an appointment for a consultation with one of our product liability lawyers as soon as possible. We know the law on product liability very well and will be able to give you a considered opinion of your chances of making a claim against the product’s manufacturer or distributor.
Anybody who makes a product available which is potentially defective is acting negligently, as the defect can cause injuries or harm to the person who bought it. Some companies will do their best to minimize the financial consequences of being proven liable for a defective product. You may find that you are approached by the company’s insurance agents who will try and offer you a small amount in compensation hoping that you don’t make a full personal injury claim. In most cases, these offers are much less than can be claimed if you use our services to represent you against the manufacturer or supplier of the defective product that hurt you.
Note that the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, here in Santa Monica, offers a contingency fee service for all personal injury claims, including those for product liability. That means you don’t have to worry about paying a legal fee as there are no fees you have to pay unless and when we win your case on your behalf.