3 Types of Product Liability
March 7th, 2019| Before releasing new products or medical devices to the marketplace, manufacturers should conduct proper testing to ensure their products are safe and warn the public about any potential risks their products might pose. However, some big manufacturing companies put their own profits above safety. That means they often skip out on important testing phases or withhold their products’ potential safety risks in an effort to increase production times and put money in their pockets sooner. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re not afraid to go up against big manufacturing companies when their negligence causes harm to innocent people. When victims come to us after a defective product injury, our California defective product attorneys do everything in their power to help victims get maximum compensation for their injuries. Three factors we investigate during a product liability lawsuit include:
- Design defects—Even if a product is used as the manufacturer intended, poor design can lead to injury.
- Manufacturing defects—Product injuries may result from cheap materials, missing components, poor craftsmanship, and inadequate testing.
- Failure to warn or provide instructions—Companies that fail to provide adequate warning labels and instructions for use can be held liable when their products cause injuries.
California Product Liability AttorneysIf you or your loved one suffered injuries because of a defective product in California, the attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help. It’s our goal to hold manufacturing companies accountable when their carelessness puts innocent people at risk, and we’re ready to fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free case review.
Hearing Loss After Military Service? Defective 3M Earplugs May Be to Blame.
March 4th, 2019If you served in a combat role in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 and experienced hearing loss or hearing problems, it may be due to defective earplugs you were issued during your service. In 2018, the U.S. government alleged that 3M Company failed to disclose that its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, were defective and incapable of properly protecting users from combat-related sounds. 3M agreed to pay the U.S. government $9.1 million to resolve those allegations. However, the company is now facing hundreds of lawsuits from veterans who suffered hearing loss or hearing problems. The dual-ended earplugs featured a yellow-colored end and an olive-colored end. The yellow-colored end was designed to significantly reduce combat-related sounds, while still allowing users to hear commands spoken by friendly soldiers and the advancement of enemy troops. The olive-colored end was supposed to block all sounds like traditional earplugs. However, the earplugs were too short to be properly inserted into some user’s ears, causing them to loosen or fail to form a proper seal. 3M was aware of this defect as far back as 2000, but the company continued to supply them to the U.S. military, putting millions of veterans in danger of suffering severe ear and hearing-related damage. If you or someone you love suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, or other ear-related problems after serving in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015, the | California defective product attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Negligent Companies Can Be Held Liable for Their Defective Products
October 15th, 2018When companies release new products to the consumer, industrial, or medical markets, they’re supposed to make sure they’re safe and don’t pose any significant dangers. But in an effort to rush products to market and to maximize profits, some companies skip important testing phases or even lie about potential risks their products can pose to the people who use them. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product attorneys hold negligent and careless companies responsible for the damages their products cause to innocent people. If you or someone you love were hurt by a product, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We handle a wide variety of defective product claims, ranging from dangerous vehicles and cribs to exploding e-cigarettes and potentially life-threatening medical devices. No matter what type of product caused you or your loved one to suffer a serious injury or health-related complication, we’re ready to collect evidence that proves the manufacturer failed to do its due diligence. In addition, we know how to calculate exactly how much your defective product injury will cost you—both now and in the future. Getting a settlement for your current medical bills and lost wages isn’t enough when you may need additional treatments and have no idea when you’ll be able to return to work. Get in touch with our law firm today to find out how we may be able to put our experience to work for your family. Call now for a free consultation.
2 Steps to Take After a Defective Product Injury
June 11th, 2018With the number of governmental agencies regulating products and safety standards that product manufacturers must follow before releasing goods to the general public, most people assume that the items they buy are safe to use. While that’s true for most products, a large number of potentially dangerous products slip through the cracks each year and pose serious risks to the people who buy them and anyone who uses them. In addition to several medical devices, including joint replacements, birth control implants, and heart-related devices, ordinary consumer products can also be dangerous. A few examples include e-cigarettes and their potential to cause explosions and burns and weed killers and their potential to cause illnesses and even cancer. If you or someone you love get hurt by a defective product, you can help protect your rights by taking the following steps: |
- Get medical attention. Many defective product injuries can cause serious complications, while others can be potentially life-threatening. Getting evaluated by a healthcare professional can help stabilize your health, rule out dangerous complications, and get you on the path to recovery. It will also create valuable evidence for your claim that links your health problems to your use of the product in question.
- Get a California defective product lawyer. Without a lawyer on your side, you may be on your own when it comes to paying for expensive medical bills and incurring significant income losses that often occur after defective product injuries. It’s our goal to help you get the compensation you deserve for what you’ve been through.
Did Your Joint Replacement Fail? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.
February 12th, 2018Whether due to accidents, diseases, or age-related conditions, some people’s joints are prone to wearing out and failing over time. When joints no longer work properly, the symptoms can be debilitating and disabling. Victims often experience severe pain and may even lose mobility. Thankfully, people whose joints have worn out can get artificial replacement joints, which are surgically inserted into their bodies and designed to provide the same range of motion as real joints. However, there’s always a significant chance of complications when foreign objects are implanted inside people’s bodies—and the risks increase when those foreign objects are poorly designed, use inferior materials, or are prone to failure. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, our California defective product lawyers know that joint replacements—especially for hip and knee patients—can bring immense relief, but they’re also capable of causing serious pain and lost mobility. If you or someone you love were hurt by a joint replacement, you may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical bills – When joint replacements fail, patients must undergo extensive medical treatment such as revision surgeries and physical rehabilitation—all of which can be extremely expensive.
- Lost wages – Many patients have joint replacement surgery with the belief that they’ll be able to return to work soon. But when hip or knee replacements fail, they may be left in even more pain and with less mobility than before, putting them out of work indefinitely.
Any Consumer Product Can Be Defective
June 19th, 2017As a consumer, you more than likely have to depend and trust in others to provide the necessities of life. No matter how self-sustaining your life may be, chances are you still purchase some things from a store or individual that you simply can’t produce yourself. Most of us try to make good decisions when we make purchases, taking into account how and where the products were produced, but that doesn’t necessarily protect us from defective products. The reality is any consumer product can have or develop a defect. When those defects lead to injuries, the people of San Francisco turn to | Berg Injury Lawyers to get them the justice they deserve. Over the years, we’ve handled a number of defective product cases from asbestos products to exploding e-cigarette devices. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, getting any compensation for your injuries can be difficult on your own, which is why you need an experienced product liability attorney fighting on your behalf. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, put the experience of more than 40 years on your side. Call the product liability attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll fully investigate the nature of your injuries and fight to get you every dollar in compensation you deserve. That can include medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Don’t go it alone. Contact us today.
The Agreement You Make Every Time You Buy
December 19th, 2016Consumers have rights. You might not think that buying a product is an agreement, but it is. You’re essentially making a pact with the manufacturer that in exchange for your hard-earned money, you’ll receive a safe product that will both work as advertised and not cause you any harm. Unfortunately, a number of defective products have made their way to store shelves in recent years, causing severe injuries to thousands of people worldwide. At | Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve dedicated an entire segment of our practice to protecting the rights of San Francisco consumers. We’ve helped those injured by defective products get maximum compensation for their injuries by holding the manufacturers accountable. Here are just a few of the defective product cases we handle:
- Defective vehicles
- Dangerous cribs
- Toxic toys
- Benzene Acute Myeloid Leukemia Risk
- E-Cigarette Injury
- Endoscope Infections
- Forced-Air Warming Blanket
- Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
- IVC Filter
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Injuries
- Mirena IUD
- Morcellator Cancer
- Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits
- Talc Ovarian Cancer
- Transvaginal Mesh Failure
- Zimmer Persona Knee Implant
Defective Airbag Risk to Californians
November 7th, 2016As humans, we have an innate awareness of impending danger. It’s not a superhuman power. It’s instinctual, enabling us to determine whether a certain situation or individual poses a threat. If we didn’t have that ability, we’d be in real trouble, as the dangers of everyday life are all around us. But what about the dangers we can’t see? How do you avoid those? One way is to stay informed. In recent years, the | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued several warnings to consumers of defective Takata airbags that may have been inserted into 70 million vehicles worldwide. These airbags have the potential to rupture when inflated, causing serious, if not fatal, injuries to passengers. Recently, the NHTSA confirmed the eleventh known fatality involving a defective Takata airbag, and the potential danger could be a real threat to you and your family as well. If you own or drive a vehicle on the following list, contact your dealership immediately for a no-cost replacement and repair:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
E-Cigarettes Linked to Severe Injuries
May 24th, 2016Over the past couple years, vaping stores have began popping up all over the Bay Area. Inside you can buy a wide array of e-cigarettes, accessories, and liquid, all completely legal. Whether or not they’re safe is another question entirely. A lot of folks in California took up vaping as a safe alternative to traditional smoking. In their minds, vaping delivered a similar experience to cigarettes without all the harmful side effects associated with cigarette smoke. However, some of these e-cigarette devices have been known to catch fire or even explode during charging or while in use, placing many users in immediate danger. Victims have suffered severe burns and even amputations due to these defective devices, yet many of the devices are still on the market. The ion lithium batteries in these devices can overheat during charging or while in use, leading to severe injuries or substantial property damage. Because the e-cigarette industry is mostly unregulated, devices with these defective components continue to hit the market without any government oversight. Fortunately, consumers are starting to fight back. If you’ve been injured by a defective e-cigarette device, call our | product liability lawyers today for a free evaluation. We’re standing alongside victims of these defective products to hold the manufacturers liable. Call us today.
VW Emissions Scandal May Soon Expand
November 9th, 2015German automaker, Volkswagen (VW), announced in September it had installed mechanisms in certain makes and models of diesel engine vehicles that were capable of cheating emissions tests. Now it seems as though the list of vehicles that are involved in the VW emissions scandal may soon expand. The | California defective product lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers disclose that “defeat devices” had been installed in millions of VW vehicles, which led to plummeting values of the affected cars and trucks. The discovery unearthed evidence that shows the devices may result in excessive amounts of carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals being released into our environment. Some individuals who purchased an affected vehicle have filed lawsuits against VW, claiming their actions left motorists driving vehicles that did not perform as advertised and resulted in financial loss. It seems as though the number of alleged victims may soon increase. Reports from Fortune announce that some six-cylinder engines may be equipped with “defeat devices,” meaning some makes and models of Porsche and Audi vehicles may soon be involved in the VW emissions scandal. The impact of cheating emissions testing can be costly—both financially and environmentally. That’s why the California personal injury lawyers encourage anyone who owns a vehicle that has been affected by the VW emissions scandal to consider discussing your legal rights with an attorney. Doing so may be able to help protect you and your pocketbook.