Choose an Experienced Product Liability Attorney
Malfunctioning or dangerous products are to blame for a great number of catastrophic injury and wrongful death accidents. When a design flaw or manufacturing error is the underlying cause of a devastating event, a defective product lawsuit can produce compensation for victims. In the Walnut Creek, CA, area, the law firm of Bowles & Verna handles these cases, with a record of proven results.
Proving product liability can be challenging, and some law firms avoid this type of litigation. With extensive investigative and courtroom experience, the attorneys at Bowles & Verna confidently handle a wide range of defective product and dangerous medication cases.
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing plaintiffs as well as defendants. Viewing product liability cases from both standpoints helps us be more effective advocates, obtaining favorable settlements and courtroom verdicts for our clients.
Four Categories of Defective Products
Examples of potential product liability claims include:
Industrial Tools and Equipment
Dangerous equipment and machinery are part of the job in some work environments, where a malfunctioning shut-off valve or electrical wiring can prove catastrophic. Accidents in the construction, manufacturing, utilities, agricultural, and similar industries cause severe injuries such as burns, electrocution, amputation, or head or spinal cord trauma. When a third party such as an equipment manufacturer is at fault, a lawsuit can be pursued in addition to workers’ compensation.
Driver error is the most common cause of a car crash, but sometimes malfunctioning equipment is to blame. Failure of a vehicle’s brakes, tires, or transmission can instigate a serious accident, or a faulty seat belt or air bag might fail to protect a driver or passenger. Well-publicized examples of these types of cases in recent years include multiple SUV rollovers caused by vehicle design flaws.
Mechanical failure is to blame for many aviation accidents, including incidents involving small planes, helicopters, and commercial airliners. There have been cabin pressurization failures, fuel gauge problems, electrical fires, and other disasters caused by design flaws or maintenance mistakes. These types of incidents lead to mass torts for product liability, with victims and families receiving millions of dollars in compensation.
Medical device failures and pharmaceutical complications injure and kill a substantial number of people each year. Recent examples include ventilators and suctioning tubes that have failed to deliver on the promise of life-support. Drugs causing dangerous or deadly complications include pantoprazole, mitoxantrone chemotherapy medication, Northstar Label Gabapentin, and the Assured brand naproxen sodium for pain relief.
A Closer Look at Defective Auto Parts
When a car or truck accident causes injury, police and other observers often assume that a traffic violation was to blame. Perhaps a driver was speeding or distracted by a cellphone, or made an illegal lane change. The accident may have been the result of poor road conditions, weather or traffic congestion. In any of these scenarios, a prompt investigation will often determine the cause of a crash without much difficulty. But in many cases, the cause is found not to be a driver's mistake but a motor vehicle defect.
Did A Defective Car Part Exacerbate A Minor Traffic Accident, Resulting In Serious Injury?
What is not always so straightforward is a complete understanding of all factors contributing to serious injuries. Defective car or truck parts may play a key role in how seriously occupants are injured. A broken bone or a bruised rib cage or back may be painful and inconvenient, but can heal over time. A spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury, on the other hand, is likely to leave a sufferer with permanent disabilities. Bowles & Verna LLP takes on the most serious injury cases involving defective car parts.
What if the difference between a minor injury and a catastrophic injury is a car without defect versus a car with bad seat belts, tires or brakes? That is one of the questions Bowles & Verna LLP will consider if we represent you after a serious traffic accident in California.
In order to determine whether your car or another driver's car had a defect, it will be necessary for an expert to inspect the crashed vehicle. This is one of the most compelling reasons to contact a personal injury lawyer right away after a serious or catastrophic injury. If we do not secure the crashed vehicle in time, it may be junked or sold at auction — and valuable evidence may be gone forever.
Why You Need a Dedicated Attorney
Bowles & Verna LLP welcomes the opportunity to evaluate your case. We can tell you whether your potential product liability case is likely to bring a settlement or verdict large enough to cover investigation costs and legal fees, with money left over to compensate you for your injuries.
Product liability cases are notoriously expensive to investigate and often difficult to prove to a jury's satisfaction. For this reason, many personal injury law firms shy away from product liability cases. At Bowles & Verna LLP, we apply our vast experience to the task of screening cases. We accept product liability cases only when losses are significant and we believe a settlement or verdict will amply cover costs of investigation, legal fees and compensation for injuries and losses, including pain and suffering.