Imagine that you purchase some canned goods to feed your children on a night when you don’t have time to cook an entirely fresh meal, and that after you feed that food to your children that they become severely ill. You take your children to the emergency room and you find out that they have consumed something that contained salmonella or some other type of bacteria and that they will need extensive medical care in order to minimize the harm that could be done to them.
Now imagine that you decide to learn more about your legal rights by meeting with a defective products lawyer. You sit down for the initial consultation and you explain the situation to the attorney. You come prepared in that you have the medical records that relate to the illness that your children contracted and you have the receipts for the canned goods that you purchased. You are expecting that attorney to tell you that you have a strong case and that you should file a defective products lawsuit so that you can pursue damages to cover your losses.
Your losses are quite extensive. You have incurred medical costs that are enormous and you have had to take a lot of time off of work to care for them. Your children suffer immensely as they fight through their bacterial infections and you and your spouse worry constantly that they may not fully recover anytime soon. You are ready to hold those who are responsible for all of this pain, suffering and loss accountable.
If all of this happens in Arizona, you may have a very hard time proving an important part of your case if a bill that’s being considered right now by the state legislature becomes law. That bill currently states that companies that discover that they have designed defective products or discover that they have made mistakes in handling those products and then perform a study or an audit will not have to disclose the results of that internal investigation to you.
One of the components of many defective products cases involves the allegation that the company that provided a defective product to the public either knew or should have known that said product was defective and therefore dangerous. If the only record of that knowledge or that negligent oversight exists in that internal audit or study, you would not be able to use that documentation as evidence if this bill becomes law.
Those who are proposing the bill and those who support it state that it makes sense because it will promote a positive business environment in Arizona and that such a law would actually make products safer because companies would perform these audits without fear of them being seen by people who have been injured or even by government regulators.
This is not a bill that is being considered in California, and this bill is not yet law in Arizona. Therefore, if you have suffered because of this type of an incident, you should contact the California defective products lawyers at the Demas Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.