Temecula Product Liability Lawyers
Serving Clients in Hemet & Temecula since 1989
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, many of which could have been prevented if the responsible parties had taken the appropriate steps to protect consumers. For more than 20 years, Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney has successfully represented injury victims in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of defective or unsafe consumer products.
How We Help Our Clients
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.
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 against an entity that put that product into the stream of commerce.
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 Us 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 injury and that the defect occurred in the product's design, during its manufacture, or during shipping or handling
- The defect caused injury even though it was being used 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.
Schedule your free consultation today by dialing (951) 800-7731.
What Our Clients Say About Us
We are impressed with your demeanor, your expertise and your patience in explaining all aspects of the case.- Pauline B.
Outstanding attorneys who are trustworthy, fair and honest.- Robert P.
Having Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney in my corner throughout the entire process gave me great peace of mind.- Former Client
Thank you so much for the manner in which you and your staff handled my claim.- Corolean S.
Excellent service, courtesy, great personalities, and exceptional professionalism!- Joyce J.
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