Orange County Product Liability Attorneys
People are injured every day in Orange County by dangerous and defective products. If you or a loved one have been harmed, contact the Orange County product liability lawyers of Bisnar Chase.
Poorly designed or faulty consumer items can cause major injuries to unsuspecting users. When that happens, you need a skilled and experienced legal team on your side to win the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.
Call the product liability law firm of Bisnar Chase now to hold negligent manufacturers and sellers accountable. We have a 99% success rate and offer a free consultation to help victims across Orange County.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability law covers cases in which a defective product has caused an accident or injury.
When we purchase items, we can reasonably expect them to work in a certain way. But if they were badly designed or manufactured, everyday items can malfunction and become hazardous.
This can involve anything from faulty electronics that overheat and cause fires, to defective vehicles that put drivers in deadly situations, and everything in between.
In most cases, product liability law only covers cases involving hazardous consumer items that present a risk because of an error on the part of designers, manufacturers, or sellers. It does not cover user error.
There are plenty of product liability cases across Orange County every year. If you have been injured by a substandard or malfunctioning item, Bisnar Chase can help. Contact our Orange County product liability attorneys now for a free case review.
Types of Defects and Product Liability Claims
All kinds of consumer goods can develop faults or problems, but many defective product cases involve one of three core causes.
➤ Design defects: One of the first steps in creating a product is the design stage. When people first develop plans for their product but overlook or miscalculate design aspects, this can lead to defects, dangerous products, potential recalls, and injuries.
➤ Manufacturing defects: In some cases, the design of a product is sound, but the actual manufacturing process creates defects. Malfunctioning machines, calibration errors, and assembly line faults can all cause dangerous failures, as well as the use of wrong parts and cheap materials.
➤ Marketing and distribution: All product packaging must have appropriate warnings of potential dangers and hazards. A failure to warn might result in a lawsuit.
Failures in design, manufacturing, or marketing can leave consumers at risk, and easily cause property damage, injuries, or even wrongful death.
If you have suffered due to a faulty product, our Orange County product liability lawyers are here to help.
Orange County Product Liability Laws
Defective product cases in Orange County are subject to California civil laws. These consumer protection laws are in place to make sure companies are held accountable for their work.
California’s product liability laws involve the standard of strict liability. This means that if you have been injured, you can sue a company providing a faulty product, but the plaintiff does not have to prove negligence. This is unlike many other types of personal injury claims.
Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“If you have been injured by a product, you can take action with Bisnar Chase. Some clients are reluctant to file a lawsuit because they think it's David v. Goliath and they don't stand a chance. By working with us, you can win the compensation you deserve.”
While you do not have to prove negligence, there are points that you must demonstrate to win a product liability lawsuit in Orange County.
You must show:
- The product was designed/manufactured/packaged/distributed by the defendant.
- The product was unreasonably dangerous or hazardous.
- The product was used safely and responsibly.
- An injury was suffered.
- The defective product was responsible for the injury.
Contact the specialist legal team at Bisnar Chase to maximize your chances of success with an Orange County product liability lawsuit. We have won millions of dollars for product injury victims, and are here to help you too.
Defective Products: Who is Liable?
There are a few different parties within the distribution chain that may be liable for a defective product accident or injury in Orange County. These at-fault parties align with the different types of consumer injury cases, as listed above.
Liable parties can include:
- The company selling the product
- Distributors (responsible for packaging and marketing)
One company may be responsible for designing and manufacturing a product in-house, or the overarching company might outsource certain aspects of the process.
When a company is liable for an accident, this means that it is at least partly responsible for the incident and can be targeted in a lawsuit.
It is important to note that multiple parties can share liability, and multiple defendants can be named in an Orange County product liability lawsuit.
A skilled product defect lawyer will be able to identify the at-fault parties and hold them accountable.
What is a Product Recall?
A product recall is when a company or organization acts on a discovery or user reports, usually regarding a dangerous or defective product.
When a fault is found, a recall is issued. This requests that the potentially hazardous products are returned to their point of purchase. Depending on the nature of the fault, the product may be fixed (so that it is no longer dangerous), replaced, or refunded.
In some cases, only minor components will be impacted by a defect, making for an easy fix. For example, a new car might have a defective seatbelt. A recall would be issued to owners and the seatbelt would be replaced in all affected units.
In other cases, the product might have an inherent fault that cannot be easily fixed, such as an overheating problem.
A product recall might be voluntary if a problem is discovered by the company. But a recall can also be ordered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect the public.
A public announcement will often be made about a recalled product, with an outreach campaign to contact potential customers.
Use the following resources to report or search for recalled defective products:
- Government recalls
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
Many recalls are only issued after someone has been seriously injured. Contact Bisnar Chase for expert legal help, whether a recall has been issued or not.
Defective Product Class Action Lawsuits
It is not always just individuals who are affected by dangerous product defects. In many cases, the fault will be mass-produced and a large number of victims might suffer the same kinds of injuries.
In this kind of situation, a product liability class action lawsuit might be appropriate.
A class action product liability lawsuit is when multiple victims have suffered due to the same product or defect, collectively pursuing legal action in one single case.
This can strengthen the legal case of those suffering injuries, but any verdict or settlement will be divided between the group of victims.
Product Liability Examples and B|C Case Results
Thousands of consumer recalls are issued every year in the United States, due to the number of defective products released by careless companies.
Some of the most infamous product defects and high-profile cases include:
➤ Toyota Motors
Car manufacturer Toyota had to recall more than 7.5 million vehicles in 2010 after a series of accidents, including a fatal wreck in California. Millions of the recalled cars had a problem involving the gas pedal sticking, causing unintended acceleration.
➤ Dell Batteries
Major computer maker Dell was forced into one of the largest ever electronic product recalls in 2006, with more than four million faulty lithium-ion batteries recalled. Watchdogs investigated reports of the batteries overheating and causing fires.
➤ Hasbro Easy-Bake Ovens
Toy-making giant Hasbro was forced to recall one million easy-bake ovens in 2007. The company was flooded by hundreds of complaints about the products. Many children suffered burns, while others trapped hands or fingers in the supposedly child-friendly toy oven.
Bisnar Chase has decades of experience when it comes to handling product liability claims in Orange County. We have won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injury victims.
We specialize in auto defect cases but have handled product liability claims of all types with great success. Our top results include:
|Amount Won||Case Type||Details|
|$24,744,764||Seatbelt failure||Romine v. Johnson Controls|
This is just a snapshot of some of our top results. Our top-rated personal injury lawyers have won a huge number of six, seven, and eight-figure victories for Bisnar Chase clients.
We are here to make sure you are properly compensated when major companies drop the ball. When you need a consumer rights attorney in Orange County, turn to Bisnar Chase.
How a Top Product Injury Lawyer Can Help
Simply put, working with an expert product liability attorney will give you a much-improved chance of success when it comes to winning your lawsuit.
You need to work with a law firm that:
- Has won plenty of defective product cases similar to yours
- Has the resources to take on even the largest defendant companies
- Has trial experience in Orange County and can take your case all the way
- Offers a no win, no fee promise to all clients
- Has an outstanding success rate
Bisnar Chase fulfills each of these important criteria and is prepared to help you maximize the value of your lawsuit.
When it comes to defective product cases, you might find yourself facing major companies with seemingly unlimited resources. These companies will have large insurance or legal teams working for them, which can be daunting.
Bisnar Chase has the resources to take on the toughest opponents and will not back down from a challenge.
Product Liability Lawsuit FAQs
If you have been injured by a defective product in Orange County, Bisnar Chase can help. Some of the top questions asked by injury victims are answered below. If you have a question that has not been answered, please feel free to get in touch.
Under California law, most defective product claims in Orange County must be filed within two years of the date of your accident. It is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you are injured by a defective product, the liable party will depend on the cause of the accident. You may be able to sue the designer, manufacturer, or distributor of the product. Contact Bisnar Chase for guidance on your case.
All cases are different when it comes to the compensation awarded. Any verdict or settlement will account for a variety of factors linked to the injury, such as lost wages, pain and suffering, medical costs, rehab and care, trauma, long-term issues, and more.
The consumer protection law firm of Bisnar Chase offers a no win, no fee promise. We will advance the costs needed to win your case, such as filing fees and hiring expert witnesses. We only get paid if we win for you.
Choose Bisnar Chase
There are plenty of injury law firms throughout Orange County, but few with the track record and experience of the Bisnar Chase team.
Our firm was launched in 1978 and has helped more than 12,000 clients over the past four decades, with an impressive 99% success rate.
We are based in Newport Beach and believe in supporting the communities running throughout Orange County, from Santa Ana to Costa Mesa, and across Southern California.
Trust us to win your case. We have won settlements and verdicts totaling more than $650 million, helping victims in personal injury cases to get their lives back on track.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St., #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660