Consumers in Escondido should always be able to assume that the products they purchase are safe for use. Yet, much too often, defects result in consumer injuries. In those instances, consumers may be eligible to file product defect lawsuits, also known as product liability lawsuits. What do you need to know about liability for injuries caused by product defects? Our Escondido product liability lawyers can give you the information you need.
Liability Will Depend on the Type of Defect
You will need to determine the party (or parties) liable for your product defect injury. It is essential to know that liability will depend upon the type of defect — whether the defect was a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a marketing defect (also known as a failure to warn). Under California law, a designer of a product can be liable for a product that was defectively designed (meaning it could not be safe even with the best manufacturing and marketing). A manufacturer can be liable for a defect that occurs while the product is being made. And a marketer or retailer may be liable for marketing defects, or the failure to “warn of potential safety hazards” or to “include sufficient instructions” for safe use of the product.