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Sean M. Burke

Sean M. Burke

With more than 25 years of experience as an attorney, Sean M. Burke can help you attain the compensation you deserve after a serious personal injury. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named Orange County Trial Lawyer Association's (OCTLA) Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2005.
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Heather J. Higson

Heather J. Higson

Heather J. Higson became a member of the State Bar of California in 1989, and joined Mr. Burke’s law firm in 2006. She has experience in every area of medical malpractice, from case inception through discover and trial.
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Product Liability and Warning Labels

September 18, 2017 @ 10:58 AM — by Sean Burke

Recall signWhen manufacturers distribute a product to the public, they have a responsibility to ensure that the product works properly. When a product is defective, it can cause a personal injury that is likely result in serious damages. However, even if a product is in working order, it may still pose a risk. If a manufacturer knows that the product poses a certain risk, and fails to provide an adequate warning label, that is a form of product liability.

Personal injuries caused by product liability can result in significant losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. At the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, our experienced attorneys have handled cases involving product liability and warning labels. We are prepared to help our Orange County, CA clients collect the compensation they deserve.

When Are Warning Labels Needed?

When you are shopping, it may appear as though every product has a warning label. Warning labels are put in place to protect consumers against risks associated with products, as well as to protect manufacturers from liability should the use of the product lead to an injury. It is a manufacturer’s legal responsibility to properly inform consumers on how to use the product, as well as to warn against any hidden dangers the product may pose. Although a warning label is not required for every product, one will be necessary under the following circumstances:

  • There is a danger associated with the product
  • The manufacturer is aware of the risk or danger of the product
  • The product poses a threat when the product is being used in a reasonable manner
  • The danger is not obvious to the consumer

A Proper Warning Label

A warning label must meet certain standards. A proper warning label should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The warning label must be placed in an area where it will be easily seen by consumers
  • The wording on the warning label must be clear and specific
  • The warning label should be easy for consumers to understand

If a warning label is hidden or fails to clearly state the dangers of the product, an injury victim may still have a product liability case.

Product Liability

If a manufacturer provides a substandard warning label or fails to provide one altogether, and a consumer is injured while using the product in a reasonable manner, product liability laws dictate that the manufacturer can be held liable for damages stemming from the injury. The damages will be unique in each case, but injury victims may be able to collect compensation for pain and suffering as well as financial losses.

Large corporations often have experienced legal teams ready to fight against liability, so it is important for injury victims to work with an experienced attorney, such as Sean M. Burke. Mr. Burke has extensive knowledge in the field of product liability and will fight hard to ensure clients’ rights are protected.

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If you were injured by a defective product or one that lacked a proper warning label, the personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke can help you collect the compensation you deserve. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case.


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Sean M. Burke awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice by the Orange County Trial Lawyers for 2009 & 2005

Top 5 Personal Injury Lawyers in Orange County by AVVO and OC Metro Magazine.