Product Liability Class Action Attorney Serving California and Nationwide
The Kalfayan Law Firm is a leading defender of consumers in California and across the country. If you or someone you care about was hurt by a defective product, whether it was a dangerous prescription drug, a lemon car, a toxic beauty product, or any other consumer item, you have the right to seek compensation. When dozens or thousands of people have suffered just like you, you may have grounds to bring a class action on behalf of everyone else injured.
Whether you have an individual complaint about a defective product or you have endured harm similar to dozens, hundreds, or thousands of other victims, the Kalfayan Law Firm can help you seek compensation and justice. For help in California or nationwide, call our office in Del Mar just north of San Diego for a free consultation at 619-232-0331.
What Is a Product Liability Claim?
A product liability claim, also known as a defective product claim, seeks to hold the manufacturer, distributor, seller, or designer of a product liable for putting out a product that was not fit for consumption. Product liability claims can be premised on companies selling products that break easily, cause harm to the user, or otherwise do not work as intended. If the product is dangerously defective, such that reasonable, foreseeable use of the product causes harm to consumers, the company can be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Grounds for a Product Liability Claim
In California, product sellers or manufacturers can be held liable for any injuries caused by a defective product. If a product was dangerously defective at the time it was sold or distributed, the manufacturer or seller can be held “strictly liable,” meaning the plaintiff does not need to take additional steps to prove exactly how the company was negligent.
Several different legal theories can serve as a basis for a product liability claim. Under any of these theories, the plaintiff must generally prove: the defendant designed, manufactured, sold, or distributed a product; the product had a defect when it left the defendant’s possession; the plaintiff used the product in a reasonably foreseeable manner; the plaintiff suffered harm as a result.
The product liability team at the Kalfayan Law Firm will ensure that your product liability class action is brought under the appropriate legal theory. The three basic categories of product liability that can give rise to strict liability in defective products cases include the following:
Manufacturing Defects. Regardless of how the product is meant to work, some error was introduced in the manufacturing process that rendered the product defective. Improper materials were used, the pieces were not fashioned together properly, elements of the product were expired, etc. The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring products leave the assembly line without defects. If defects are introduced in the building process and a consumer is harmed as a result, the manufacturer can be held liable.
Defective Design. The product was defective from its inception. Design defect claims are usually framed either as that the product failed to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect, or that the benefits of the design do not outweigh the risks of danger in the design. For example, if an airbag is designed to be built with components that are likely to explode upon deployment, causing likely harm to a vehicle occupant, the airbag is defectively designed.
Failure to Warn. The manufacturer, distributor, or seller failed to adequately warn consumers of the risks associated with the product. A pharmaceutical company that does not warn patients about known side effects of a drug, for example, might be guilty of failure to warn, as would the maker of a table saw that does not advise users to wear protective gloves and goggles to avoid injury.
Products Giving Rise to Consumer Class Actions
At Kalfayan Law, we represent injured Californians and other victims around the country who have suffered as a result of the dangerous products unscrupulous corporations choose to put on the market. We help consumers who have used or purchased a variety of products, and we help harmed plaintiffs hold corporations accountable for the damage they cause.
Defective products claims rise to the level of a class action when hundreds or thousands of people are damaged in the same or a similar manner. Our class action legal team represents consumers with claims involving, but not limited to:
- Bad drugs
- Toxic personal care products, toys, and other consumer goods
- Defective cars and trucks
- Faulty home appliances
- Contaminated food products
- Defective medical devices
- Machines missing safeguards
Contact a Product Liability Class Action Lawyer at the Kalfayan Law Firm Today
For help with a product liability class action claim in California or nationwide, contact the Kalfayan Law Firm in San Diego/Del Mar for a free consultation. We represent local individual plaintiffs and pursue class action litigation throughout the country with commitment and dedication to seeing the case through to the end.