Los Angeles Product Liability Attorney
When we purchase and use any product that is widely available to consumers, we expect that it has been properly manufactured and tested for safety standards. However, unfortunately this is not always the case, and some products may be released that cause injury or harm to others.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a defective or dangerous product, please contact The Ryan Law Group today to discuss your case with a lawyer. You may be eligible for significant compensation through a product liability case.
Why Choose Us?
The Ryan Law Group has successfully provided representation to those wrongfully injured throughout Los Angeles County and all of Southern California.
- We are a full-service personal injury firm that has the ability to take care of any and all required legal work so that you can focus on healing and recovery.
- We have a proven record of results, securing numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients—including one of the largest medical malpractice settlements in Orange County.
- We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront costs, and you only pay if we win your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
If you’ve been harmed by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation—but it can be difficult to actually get a settlement. Product liability cases are very different from other personal injury cases and are often very complex—especially without skilled, exceptional representation on your side.
Examples of Types of Product Liability Cases
Some of the most common types of items that have been involved in product liability cases includes:
- Pharmaceutical drugs. Many drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the condition that further testing be conducted to verify safe use of the drug. Later, it may be found that some of these drugs may actually cause significant harm to those who regularly use them.
- Medical devices. Pharmaceutical and medical companies make billions of dollars manufacturing new and cutting-edge, medical devices such as hip implants and surgical mesh implants — often prioritizing profits over safety. The result is shoddy medical devices which can either poison a body or even break after installation, causing devastating harm.
- Vehicles. Automobiles are routinely tested for safety standards, but often they may have fatal flaws that can result in nationwide recalls of vehicles. This can include minor equipment failures, but can often include major safety issues, such as defective airbags and malfunctioning braking equipment
- Pesticides and other chemicals. Substances that we use regularly to combat unwanted bugs can often result in profound harm to those administering them too. Some of these damages can be significant, such as rare types of cancers and death.
What are Common Causes of Defective Products?
Some of the most common causes of defective products includes:
- Manufacturing defect. The dangerous flaw is due to an issue in the manufacturing process, such as a mistake on the part of an employee or use of incorrect or low-quality materials.
- Design defect. The product was designed or formulated in such a way as to make it unreasonably hazardous for use.
- Failure to warn. The hazard is the result of insufficient or improper labeling, warnings, and/or instructions. Product liability cases involving pharmaceutical drugs typically fall into this category
In some cases, defective products end up in consumers’ hands due to a lack of proper oversight and/or quality control. Even if defects do occur in the design or manufacturing phase, there should always be a last line of quality control to ensure the products are behaving as intended.
What are My Options for Filing a Product Liability Case?
There can be many ways to resolve a product liability case, due to the various circumstances surrounding a case and the ramifications that a defective product can have on the general population.
If you have suffered unusually severe, egregious, and/or life-altering injuries due to a dangerous product, then pursuing an individual case against the responsible company may be the best course of action for you. Individual cases are also generally appropriate when there is not a large pool of potential plaintiffs who were injured by the same product or category of products.
Individual cases are commonly settled out of court, meaning that the parties reach an agreement without going to trial. This is often preferable for both the plaintiff and the defendant because it can be extremely expensive and time-consuming to prepare a case for trial and to try a case in civil court.
What is a Mass Tort?
When a specific product or category of products has injured many plaintiffs, it may be most efficient and effective for attorneys to pursue a consolidated action. This is referred to as a mass tort; “mass” refers to the fact that there are numerous plaintiffs collectively suing the same defendant or defendants. There are two different types of litigation for mass torts: class-action lawsuits and multi-district litigation (MDL).
In a class action lawsuit, a group of persons is considered a singular plaintiff. They are all represented by one representative, usually an attorney—and if they win a settlement or verdict, they split their damages equally.
Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
In a MDL, multiple victims who have suffered similar injuries from the same product or company file separately. At that point, these individual cases are joined and assigned to the same federal judge. This allows multiple attorneys representing these plaintiffs to collaborate on discovery (fact-finding) for the common benefit of all the plaintiffs’ cases.
After discovery and investigation, the individual cases all return to their appropriate district for a trial or settlement. If these individual trials consistently result in jury verdicts, all or many of the cases in an MDL may be settled en masse. This is because defendants do not want to incur the expenses or bad publicity associated with losing many jury trials.
Each type of mass tort case has drawbacks and advantages, depending on the circumstances of your case. This is why an experienced product liability attorney is highly recommended to advise you on your next steps, answering any questions you may have regarding mass tort cases.
How The Ryan Law Group Can Help
Hiring an attorney greatly increases your chances of receiving compensation for your injury, but working with an excellent, experienced Los Angeles law firm like The Ryan Law Group gives you the best possible chance of walking away with a high-value settlement award.
Due to their gravity, product liability cases often take months, if not years, to properly resolve. Many plaintiffs often do not have that long to litigate a case, due to financial and health constraints. At The Ryan Law Group, we are committed to your case until you receive the compensation you deserve. We foster a close relationship with you and your family to ensure we are ready for a long-term battle for compensation.
Some companies think it’s acceptable to take unnecessary risks that will harm people, even their own customers, as long as it doesn’t hurt their bottom line. At The Ryan Law Group, we pursue product liability cases to seek not only monetary compensation, but also justice. Our Los Angeles injury attorneys want to hold all negligent parties responsible for their despicable, careless actions, ensuring that they do not attempt to engage in such egregious behavior again.
Contact a Los Angeles Product Liability Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one has been seriously injured by a defective or dangerous product, please contact us immediately to discuss your case. Our LA product liability attorneys want to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with us today and see how we can help.