What is the Difference Between Product Liability and Strict Liability?

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Product liability laws apply to injury caused by a defective or dangerous product. Under these laws, a product may be considered defective if it causes harm while being used in its intended manner. There are some cases that involve the unconventional use of a product as well, though a majority of product liability claims are the result of poor manufacturing, defective design, and other product defects.

Strict liability typically refers to laws regarding pet ownership. California is a strict liability state as regards dog bites, which means that the owner can be held liable for damages regardless of what the victim was doing at the time of the attack. Strict liability may play a role in defective product cases where the victim of the injury was being careless or using the product in a manner inconsistent with its intended function and design. These more complex cases are often tired in front of a jury.

What Are My Options?

If you have been injured by a defective product, even if you played a role in the accident leading to your injury, you may have the option of seeking compensation through a product liability lawsuit. Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with one of our attorneys is a great way to learn more about your rights and the best way to handle your claim.

Your initial consultation is free of both cost and obligation. We will review your claim and answer your questions during this meeting to help you determine if you have cause to file suit. If you have legal recourse, we can discuss these options in greater detail to help you make the best decision for moving your claim forward.

Of course, if your own negligence played a role in your injury, your damages may be reduced accordingly, even in cases that go to trial. During your consultation, we will provide an honest assessment of your claim’s viability to help you determine the next best step.

Please call Kirtland & Packard at 310-536-1000 to schedule your complimentary case review today. Located in Redondo Beach, we serve all surrounding South Bay communities.