California Defective Products & Drugs Attorneys
Product manufacturers have a duty to place products on the market that are safe for their intended purpose and any reasonably foreseeable use. When they fail in that duty and release products that injure the consumer, the attorneys in the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Oxnard law offices of Crane Flores, LLP pursue products liability claims that hold the manufacturers accountable for their actions and compensate the injured for their damages.
Three types of product defects
Product defects usually fall into one of three categories: design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn.
When a product is defectively designed, every unit manufactured may fail at a critical moment and cause injury. A motor vehicle may be designed so that it rolls over in a sharp turn or explodes upon impact because the electrical wiring was placed too close to the fuel line. Other products may be lacking in safety features, such as automatic shut-offs or safety guards on power tools or household appliances. Sometimes design flaws are known, but the product maker decides not to change the design out of a desire to maximize profit, even when the change may only be a few dollars or pennies per unit.
In a manufacturing defect, a problem on the assembly line may cause a whole series of units to be defectively made, or only one product may be affected. In any event, products liability law holds the manufacturer liable for the injuries caused by a defective product, regardless of whether the maker is generally careful and the defect was a one-time occurrence.
A product can also be defective if it does not contain clear and conspicuous warnings about its safe use and the dangers involved. Some products are inherently dangerous and must be used with care, such as power tools, or cleaners and solvents that can burn or emit toxic fumes. Product instructions should be included, and they should be adequate and easy to understand.
Pharmaceutical products liability
The newest drugs are often the most profitable, and drug companies heavily promote their use in their attempt to corner the market and make the most of their patent. It is not unheard of for drug companies to rush a new drug through clinical trials, or even manipulate the data from a study, in order to be the first to market. In addition to massive advertising, drug companies also market directly to doctors, often promoting off-label uses of the drug or higher dosages than were approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Pharmaceuticals have been linked to side effects ranging from severe pain and depression to spontaneous tendon ruptures, heart valve failure, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and death. We can help if you have been injured by a defective medical device, such as a DePuy hip replacement; or a toxic drug such as Fosamax, which has been linked to bone death (osteonecrosis) in the jaw; or Reglan, an acid reflux medicine that reportedly can induce tardive dyskinesia, a disorder causing involuntary body movements.
Experienced attorneys in your corner
At Crane Flores, LLP, we are not afraid to take on big business and big pharmaceutical companies. When corporate America puts profits ahead of people, our lawyers stand with the people and hold manufacturers accountable for their negligent, reckless and wrongful behavior. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or dangerous drug, contact Crane Flores, LLP or call 805.568.5927 for immediate assistance.