Were You Injured By A Defective Product? We Can Help.

As consumers, we rely on designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers to provide us with safe, effective and appropriately labeled products. Still, thousands of consumers suffer serious injuries from defective products every year, and many of these injuries could have been prevented if the responsible parties had taken the appropriate steps to protect consumers.

For more than 20 years, Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney, APC, has successfully represented injured victims in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of defective or unsafe consumer products. As part of our personal injury and wrongful death legal practice, we assist individuals and families in bringing claims for injuries or fatalities caused by manufacturing defects, design defects and inadequate instructions or warnings.

Every product liability lawyer from our family firm ensures that injured consumers, or the families and heirs of deceased consumers, receive fair treatment under the law, including full and fair compensation for injuries caused by dangerous and defective products.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, contact a product liability lawyer at Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney today. Based in Temecula, we are dedicated to helping people across California, including Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Sun City, Perris, Hemet and other communities in Riverside County.

For a free initial consultation to discuss your case, email us or call 951-331-3277.

California Product Liability Law

Under California law, a lawsuit may be instituted against any person or entity that participated in making or marketing a defective product — or an entity that put that product into the stream of commerce.

What Is Product Liability?

Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. When you have been injured by a defective or dangerous product, potentially liable parties include:

  • The manufacturer
  • The manufacturer of component parts
  • The wholesaler
  • The retail store that sold the product

In general terms, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. Products containing inherent defects that harm consumers are the subjects of product liability suits. While products are generally thought of as tangible personal property, product liability has stretched that definition to include intangibles (gas), naturals (pets), real estate (houses) and writings (navigational charts).

Speak With A Product Liability Lawyer About Your Claim Today

When you file a product liability claim, you are suing the makers or sellers of injurious products. Anyone in the supply chain can be held responsible for damages. When their product was brought to market, the manufacturers and distributors became legally obligated to provide a well-designed product that is reasonably safe when used as intended. To prove a product liability case, an attorney must demonstrate that:

  • The product had an "unreasonably dangerous" defect that caused your injury and that the defect occurred in the product's design, during its manufacture or during shipping or handling.
  • The defect caused your injury even though you were using the product in the way the manufacturer said that it was intended to be used.
  • The product that caused damage had not changed "substantially" from its original sales condition.

Other forms of product liability claims are negligence (carelessness, recklessness or malice) or breach of warranty of fitness (damage directly resulting from inadequate product warnings). Each of these types of suits has its advantages and disadvantages, and we will recognize and recommend the avenue that offers the greatest chance of recompense. In some cases, we may opt to use a combination of the three.

At Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney, all product liability claims are handled on contingency basis. That means the attorney is paid only if he or she wins money damages for you. For a free consultation, contact us via email or call 951-331-3277.