For nearly 30 years, attorneys Jim Rushford and Phil Bonotto have provided aggressive and quality representation for individuals and companies related to incidents that caused injuries as a result of the use of a product. We are dedicated and committed to protecting yours and your company's rights and helping you receive the best possible result for your case.

At Rushford & Bonotto, our products liability attorneys have handled complex cases involving a wide range of issues. Our team of attorneys have extensive litigation and trial experience involving product liability suits. We will evaluate each case from every angle to determine the best course of action for our clients. Our team of litigation and trial lawyers have handled complex cases involving the entire product distribution chain, from wholesalers and suppliers to retailers and manufacturers.

Products Liability Overview

Products liability is the area of law that requires designers, manufacturers, and suppliers to pay for injuries to consumers caused by defects and hazards in the products they market. The three different theories a products liability action may be based upon are negligence, breach of warranty, and strict liability. A negligence theory looks to the reasonableness of the conduct of the manufacturer, designer and supplier. The theory of breach of warranty is based upon contract law. In sales contracts there are express and implied warranties. When these warranties are breached, an injured party may recover damages resulting from the breach. Disclaimers are often included in sales contracts and on the fine print of labels and documents included with the product.

Overview of Strict Products Liability

The challenges for the injured parties with the above theories are that negligence is often difficult to prove, and warranties are often excluded by disclaimers. Under strict products liability, it is not usually necessary to show the manufacturer, designer or seller was negligent or breached a warranty in order to recover damages for injuries sustained from a defective product. Strict liability does not require proof of fault on behalf of the designer, manufacturer or seller. In a strict liability claim, the injured party need only show that: 1) the product was defective; 2) the defect existed prior to the manufacturer releasing the product; and 3) the defect caused the injuries. The injured party may prove that a product is defective as result of a design defect, manufacturing defect, and "failure to warn" defect. Our team of lawyers has experience litigating and trying cases in all aspects of these theories under the doctrine of strict products liability.

Experienced Litigation and Trial Attorneys

With more than 83 years of combined experience, the attorneys of Rushford & Bonotto build our clients' cases from day one to collect and preserve vital information and evidence to insure our clients obtain the best result possible. All of our attorneys at the Law Office of Rushford & Bonotto are experienced trial lawyers with proven results on behalf of our clients. We are dedicated to helping clients receive the best possible result for their case. Our team includes former prosecutors, former criminal defense attorneys, and lawyers with decades of courtroom experience. If settlement is not in the best interest of our clients, we have the talent, experience and resources to take any case to trial and are not afraid to do so.


Contact us today at (916) 565-0590 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We proudly represent current and former military personnel and their families.

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