If you took a flight recently, you may have noticed that the pre-flight safety presentation was engaging and maybe even humorous. In fact, numerous viral videos have surfaced showing the flight attendants of certain airlines making pre-flight presentations that can almost double as stand-up comedy. Like other California residents, you may wonder if entertaining safety presentations are necessary or appropriate. After all, they are meant to educate passengers on such vital matters as locating emergency exits and using flotation devices and oxygen masks. Not a laughing matter, you may think.
Airline accidents in small and large commercial craft alike have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. While it may be a natural impulse to blame the more obvious parties, such as pilots, there is another category of liability that could play a part in your personal injury claim in the California courts.
When it comes to proving strict liability, time may greatly affect the outcome of your case. If using a product caused you injury not long after you bought it, you may have a stronger claim in a California court than if you experienced injury several months following your purchase. FindLaw explains a few reasons why time may be a factor in strict liability cases.
The purpose of the Environmental Protection Agency is to help safeguard public health throughout the United States by regulating and restricting the use of potentially harmful chemicals. However, two recent product liability trials in California have brought forth evidence that raises questions about whether the EPA is performing due diligence when it comes to oversight of pesticides and herbicides. In each of the two trials, a jury found that the chemical company Monsanto, manufacturer of Roundup herbicides, failed to warn consumers that their products could cause cancer, requiring the company to pay large amounts of money in damages to the plaintiffs.
Whether over-the-counter or prescribed medications, cosmetics, household cleaners or other products, you and other consumer expect them to be safe for use when they go to market. However, some products may pose potential dangers, despite having no design flaws or manufacturing defects. Therefore, it may be helpful to understand who is responsible when injuries resulting from the use of a product occur.
While flying in general is much safer than driving a car in California, there is still the issue that crashes of aircraft are usually much more severe than car crashes. A minor fender bender is common with vehicles, but there is no such thing with an air craft. If something goes wrong on the road, you can pull over. If something goes wrong in the air, you may not get the chance to get back to the ground. This is why aircraft maintenance is taken so seriously. That is even more true when it comes to the military and helicopters. A recent bolt issue with Boeing's AH-64 Apache helicopter has led to a critical safety issue, according to Business Insider.
The laws relating to marijuana are changing constantly at the state level. However, the federal government remains firmly on the side of marijuana being illegal. California was a leader in legalizing marijuana. Not having state and federal laws on the same page has already created issues, but there are other problems that could come up in regards to product liability.
When a product injures you and you file a product liability lawsuit, the California courts will seek to answer the question of how the injury happened. If the courts determine that the product was defective, they will then try to determine whether the defect was a design defect or a manufacturer defect.
When a manufacturer creates a product, it is bound by a variety of laws in California. In addition, the manufacturer also is bound by industry and manufacturing standards that are the normal procedures followed by all manufacturers. One of those is Good Manufacturing Practice. GMP, according to the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is a general manufacturing process that ensures the production of products is consistent and controlled.
Californian residents like you rely on companies to provide you with safe, working products every single day. Haberkorn & Associates is here to help in the instances where those products have defects that can cause you harm.