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Product Liability Lawyers Fighting for Victims Injured by Defective Products in the San Francisco Bay Area 

Whenever you use a product you should not have to wonder whether the product is safe, whether it will perform its intended purpose, or whether it will harm you or your loved ones. Unfortunately, products often fail and these defective and dangerous products can cause serious injuries and sometimes even death. If you or a loved one has been injured while using a product you owe it to yourself or your loved one to have the product and the facts examined by an experienced product liability attorney such as Mr. Shapiro to determine whether a viable case can and should be made against the manufacturer.

Products Liability is a special area of the law and multiple causes of action need to be considered. Some products are poorly designed so the product causes injury as an unforeseen circumstance. Some products are manufactured improperly so the particular version was not made the way it was supposed to be made and the defect led to product failure and injury. Some products have inadequate safety warnings so the product is used in a dangerous manner because the user did not know that the product was not supposed to be used a particular way. In all cases it will be important to compare the user's actions to the instructions to see if the product was used as it was intended. Therefore if you use a product in a manner different than it was intended, and in a way which was not reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer, then this may serve as a defense to certain causes of action if this unexpected use caused the injury.

Most cases involve household goods including kitchen products, cleaning products, yard tools, sporting goods, and toys. Anything you would use around the house that causes injury when used as intended may lead to liability on the part of the manufacturer. These are important laws to help protect the consumer. After all, the manufacturer, and retail store, already has your money. Having a safe product to use is a fair expectation as your benefit of the bargain. Food cases also fall under the umbrella of products liability based on the consumer expectations test. Liability depends on whether a reasonable consumer would expect the food to have in it whatever caused the injury during consumption. In those cases it is important to save whatever was in the food that caused the injury.

In all cases, the burden of proof is on the injured user of the product. Therefore it is extremely important that the entire product, including any parts, is kept intact for inspection and evidence preservation. That inspection may require the hiring of an expert consultant who would be in a position to determine whether the product was defective, write a report for settlement, or, if needed, testify in a deposition and trial. It is also important to take pictures of the scene where the accident happened as well as pictures of the product at issue for initial consultation. Because of the potential necessity of experts, these cases can be expensive and you may need help in order to fully evaluate your legal rights. Mr. Shapiro has worked with numerous experts in the past and can determine which type of expert would be best suited to evaluate and give an honest assessment in your case. Determining the right entities to take legal action against can also involve extensive research. Sometimes the store could be a better defendant than an overseas manufacturer and sometimes there is a specific defective component part which is to blame. Every case is very fact intensive and such cases require experienced legal counsel such as Mr. Shapiro to properly prosecute.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective or dangerous product, you can contact Mr. Shapiro for a free consultation. Call him at 650-274-0180 or fill out the online form today.

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