Were you hurt when using a product that was defective? Was someone you love injured when using a product despite using the product in the way it was intended? Every day, all across the country, people are hurt just for using everyday products, products that were supposed to be safe. Whether you or someone you love has been injured in this manner, Belal Hamideh, defective product lawyer in Los Angeles, can help. We have a proven track record of helping our clients to receive maximum compensation for their defective product injuries. Se Habla Espanol.
Part of what makes defective product injuries so devastating is that they’re unexpected. You can’t prepare for them. One moment, you’re using a product the way it’s supposed to be used and the next, you’re wounded. Too often, children playing with supposedly safe toys are hurt in this manner. It’s natural to feel powerless when you or someone you care for has been injured by a defective product. That’s where we come in. We can conduct a free evaluation of your case. From there, we can put together the best, most effective way to help you receive your compensation.
What You Should Do If You’re Hurt by a Defective Product
First, get out of harm’s way. That could mean getting away from the defective and still hazardous product, it could mean getting out of the flow of traffic, etc. Make sure that you and yours are safe.
Then, assess injuries, yours as well as anyone around you. The next step is to get medical attention. Your injury may not seem serious, it may not have broken the skin, left a mark, etc. But, internal injuries sometimes take a while to make themselves known, you may still be in shock, and so forth. Getting medical treatment as soon as possible leads to the best outcome for all involved.
Document evidence as much as you can. Without putting yourself or those around you at greater risk of further injury, take pictures, videos, and so forth. Focus on damage: to yourself, to others, to the environment, to the product itself, etc. Speaking of the latter, if you are able, keep it/preserve it. That could prove very beneficial to your case.
Once you’ve done all of that, contact our experienced defective product team. We work on contingency, so you won’t have to pay until we win. With our 99% success rate, we know how to put together the best possible case for you.
How You Can Tell If You Have a Defective Product Case
Essentially, you have a defective product case if you used the product in the way it was intended and suffered an injury as a result. So long as you were not using the product improperly, or in a manner in which it was not intended to be used, and you suffered an injury or loss from using the product, you most likely have a case. This is one more reason to sit down with us for a free case evaluation: we can let you know the truth.
An example of this: a professional truck driver is behind the wheel of a truck. He maintains the right speed, he’s a conscientious driver, and he makes a turn. Suddenly, the truck flips over, injuring him and others.
In this case, the truck driver would not be liable. It could very well be that the truck itself had a serious flaw in its design. Perhaps the manufacturer made mistakes and errors (or even just shoddy workmanship) that caused the truck to flip over when it did. That would be a strong case.
If, on the other hand, the truck driver was speeding, under the influence, or ran a stop light, or something similar, then the truck driver would be very unlikely to have a case. Why? Because the truck driver wasn’t using the truck in the manner in which it was intended; they were using the truck in an improper way.
You can see how this would work with children, defective toys, and the like. However, as you can imagine, these cases can become very complex very quickly. The other side will do everything in their power to make it seem as if their product worked as it should have, and it was your fault (or the fault of someone you love) for their injury. We can help to make sure that doesn’t happen, and that you and yours receive the maximum compensation for all that you’ve been through.
The Three Defective Product Liability Claims You Can Claim
Every defective product case is different, but there are three separate categories of defects. Over the years, we have successfully won each of these kinds of cases for our clients.
Defects of Design
In this kind of defect, the product was a danger from the design stage on. Even before it was manufactured, this particular product was going to be a hazard for users. In the past, we’ve helped clients to receive compensation when they were harmed by improperly-designed medical devices, toys that hurt kids, and similar cases.
Defects of Manufacturing
In some defective product cases, the design is fine. The design is appropriate, and able to be used to manufacture a good product. However, in manufacturing defects, that doesn’t happen. Instead, the manufacturer made a mistake, it was their actions that led directly to the accident. This can happen when manufacturers “cut costs,” “cut corners,” and so forth. Even the best design can be ruined by poor or negligent manufacturing.
Examples that we’ve litigated in the past include alarms that malfunction/fail to notify, airbags that don’t work, etc.
A Failure to Warn
For the safe, appropriate use of certain products, the manufacturer has to label the product, including important, critical instructions about proper usage. If they fail to do so and you’re injured as a result, they could be liable. “Must stay dry,” “Do not consume,” and the like are examples of this.
Regardless of what kind of defective product you have, if you were injured by a defective product, we can take your case. We can be by your side every step of the way, from the initial consultation through successful completion.
Examples of Defective Products
Just about any product can be defective and cause an injury. That having been established, Belal and the team here have dealt with certain products more often than others in these cases. Unfortunately, medical devices can be defective, even though they were designed and manufactured specifically to heal and save lives. When they’re defective, the injuries they lead to can be particularly devastating.
Cars can be defective. Moreover, they can be defective in several different ways. When brakes don’t work, seatbelts malfunction, airbags fail to deploy, and more, that can take a real toll.
Appliances are made to make life more convenient, to make home life easier, not to harm. Toys are meant to be enjoyed by children. Sports equipment is supposed to protect. When defective products don’t function as they should, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries you and yours have suffered.
Damages You Can Claim in a Defective Product Case
Over the years, we have helped so many of our clients recover economic and non-economic damages in defective product cases. During your free case evaluation, our team will draw upon our experience to let you know exactly which damages you will be able to claim. Then, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure that you receive it.
Medical bills, doctor’s visits, surgeries, operations, rehab, therapy, and the like – those are common economic damages. These damages provide compensation for bills you have accrued as a direct result of the injury. All you did was use a product you thought would work. When you’re injured by it, you shouldn’t have to pay for your resulting medical costs.
When you’re hurt by a defective product, it’s likely that you’ll be unable to work for a time. Or, perhaps you won’t be able to work to the capacity that did before. We can help you to recover those lost wages. In some extreme examples, you won’t be able to work the same job going forward, thus losing out on those potential wages. We can help you to recover damages for those as well.
Pain, suffering, trauma, emotional distress, and more – these are some of the non-economic damages we can file on your behalf. When you lose enjoyment of your life, consortium, are disabled, and so forth, you should be compensated for it. We can help you to recover maximum compensation, no matter what.
Who May Be Liable in Your Defective Product Case
The designers may be liable. The manufacturers may be liable as well. When the design is defective, or the design is appropriate but the manufacturing is defective, causing you to be injured, something must be done. That said, many parties may be liable when a product was defective.
Maybe the retailers should have properly marketed or marked the products in such a way that would have kept you from being injured. Or, perhaps that was a responsibility that the distributors shirked. From the designers to the manufacturers, to those transporting the product, to the distributors, to the retailers, and others, there are so many potential parties who may have come into contact with a defective product that could be liable for your injuries.
When we take your case, our team of investigators will get right to work determining the truth. We’ll find out who’s liable. Then, we’ll make sure to get the maximum compensation for you by bringing a lawsuit against all involved, even if some were just partially liable.
How Long Do You Have to File a Defective Product Lawsuit
The truth is that you do not have very long at all. In the state of California, you have two years from the date of your injury. That’s how long you have to file a lawsuit. It’s not in your best interests to wait. File sooner versus later.
Why? Because the sooner you file the case the sooner we can work towards getting you the compensation you should have. Beyond the statute of limitations, you want to do this sooner instead of later because of the defective product itself. Having it tested, having it examined, looked over, and more can only help your case. That becomes less beneficial as time goes on. We encourage you to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as you can.
Belal Hamideh: Winning Defective Product Lawyer in Los Angeles
Defective product injuries can be devastating for victims as well as loved ones. When you’re hurt by using something the way you were supposed to, you should be compensated for it.
We work on contingency. Our clients do not have to pay us until we win. Once we do, your settlement will pay for our compensation. In the event that a defective product hurts you or someone that you care about, contact us for a free case evaluation. Then, we can get to work for you. You can schedule this free case evaluation by calling us or messaging us through our site.