Decades of Product Liability Experience
We have decades of experience defending clients in product liability matters. We retain the appropriate experts to help us present the many complicated scientific concepts that arise in these cases in a clear manner in court.
Our firm represents manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers across multiple product categories, including home appliances, outdoor yard products, large construction equipment, cars, medical devices, semiconductor fabrication tools, industrial equipment, and chemicals.
Our attorneys have taken the extra steps to earn operation certifications in scaffold assembly, crane safety, and heavy construction equipment so that we have hands-on experience with the products we defend.
Read about Our Cases
Following are some examples of our product liability cases:
- A Fortune 500 product manufacturer entrusted us to handle fire cases involving its line of home and kitchen appliances.
- We represent scaffold and aerial work platform companies along the West Coast and throughout the Midwest.
- We defend litigation arising from rentals and operations of boom lifts, scissor lifts, bulldozers, and other heavy construction equipment.
- We manage complex multiparty asbestos litigation in both Northern and Southern California.
Our detailed knowledge of product liability law enables us to frequently win cases on summary judgment or negotiate very reasonable settlements.
The Answers to Your Product Liability Inquiries
If you are facing lawsuits involving allegations from people who were allegedly injured while using your product, you probably have a lot of questions. Our product liability attorneys have the answers. Our attorneys have decades of experience and specialized knowledge in this complicated practice area, so we can help you build your strongest defense.
Following are answers to some of the most common questions clients have when confronting product liability claims.
What Are Some of the Most Common Product Liability Claims?
We have handled cases involving hundreds of product types. Some of the ones we see most frequently include:
- Home appliances
- Outdoor yard products
- Large construction equipment
- Medical devices
- Semiconductor fabrication tools
- Industrial equipment
Product can cause harm if it has a design flaw or another defect.
Is There a Deadline for Plaintiffs to File a Lawsuit?
Generally speaking, plaintiffs in California must file a claim within two years of the date they were injured or they reasonably should have learned about their injury.
Will My Company’s Insurance Policy Cover the Cost of Litigation?
It depends on the type of coverage you have. Many product manufacturers and distributors have policies that help to defray the costs of defending against product liability lawsuits.
Can People Sue My Company for Misusing Products or Features with Purportedly Misleading labels or product descriptions?
Yes, you can be sued for using a name that could be construed in a way that leads to misuse of the product or feature. For this reason, it is important to have your legal team involved in reviewing your marketing content in addition to user manuals and warning labels.
What Are the Types of Damages Plaintiffs Can Attempt to Recover in a Product Liability Case?
There are many types of damages that can be recovered for injuries caused by a defective product. Some examples are:
- Past and future medical care, including physical therapy, rehabilitation, and life care plans
- Past and future wage
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
The burden is on the plaintiff and his/her attorney to prove causation, meaning they must prove beyond a preponderance of evidence that your product was a substantial factor in causing a plaintiff’s injury.
Contact Us to Learn More
Our attorneys are well-versed in product liability law. Call Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum at 628-218-6960. From our offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we serve clients throughout California.