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Product Liability Claims: Understanding the Risk & Your Rights

The fierce competition amongst manufacturers to produce new and innovative products for consumers has led to a tremendous number of advancements in products we use every day. Unfortunately, those same products can cause us great harm if it was designed or produced defectively.

Product Warnings

In some cases it is not the design or production that is to blame, but the manufacturer’s failure to warn about a side effect of using its product that can result in drastic or fatal consequences to the consumer. In some, but not all, scenarios, the consumer may have a legal claim against the manufacturer or seller of the product in question.

Laws Concerning Product Liability

The law on product liability in Canada has evolved considerably in recent years and notably in 2011 with regard to government regulations.

In 2011, the federal government introduced the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act which drastically changed the manner in which manufacturers, importers, and sellers of consumer products handle incidents of injury caused by the use of their products. Under the Act, they are required to report such incidents to Health Canada within two days of when they become aware of the incident and a more thorough report within ten days. While the interpretation of what is considered to be an “incident” is somewhat subjective, the Act states that an incident includes “an occurrence in Canada or elsewhere that resulted or may reasonably have been expected to result in an individual’s death or serious adverse effects on their health, including a serious injury.”

The recent changes to government regulations makes it even more imperative that you seek legal advice as soon as possible if you have a product liability claim so that helpful evidence can be secured early in the process.

How We Handle Product Liability Claims

Our product liability lawyers can provide you with an assessment of the compensation you should be entitled to once your injuries have healed or improved. We guide you through the whole process from the start of the claim to the final resolution. We strive to get the fair results you deserve.

Contact the product liability lawyers of Paine Edmonds LLP in Metro Vancouver today and see what our years of experience in handling product liability claims can do for you. You can book a free consultation today.

Why Hire a Paine Edmonds Personal Injury Lawyer?

Please see the slideshow below to learn more about the advantages of hiring a Paine Edmonds personal injury lawyer.

"On your side, by your side"

We know you have a choice when choosing a lawyer after you have been injured. So why hire Paine Edmonds?

Dealing with a personal injury claim can be a stressful experience without the right lawyer working for you. No matter where you live in BC, our lawyers know how to make the process easier and less stressfulfor you so youcan focus on what matters most: recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track.

Experience, expertise and skill

Our Personal injury Law Group has been energetically and successfully representing people injured in car accidents for decades. We can recognize that people need to specialized legal help to get the best result from their personal injury claims. Our team of lawyers and paralegals have the experience, the expertise and the specific skills to get the job done. Whether it is through trial, mediation, or informal negociation, our lawyers have successfully handled all types of personal injury claims including severe soft tissue injuries, chronic pain, brain injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and other types of catastrophic injuries.

The team approach

We at Paine Edmonds can offer you something different: a team approach. When you hire one of our Personnal Injury Law Group lawyers, you get the benefit of our whole team. Our team of lawyers meet and consult, with one another on a daily baisis at our Vancouver office. This means that our clients benefit from the collective efforts of a close knit, open-door law firm. Whether you live in Vancouver, or anywhere in British Columbia, we work together for you.


Our team is lead and actively mentored by senior partner Steve H. Heringa, a Vancouver trial lawyer with over 30 years of personal injury claims experience. He has appeared on behalf of his clients at every level of court in British Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. In the ground-setting decision of HAll v. Hebert, he appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as lead counsel. This decision changed the law to allow people to purue a claim for injuries in circumstances where they were previosly denied. Under his guidance, our lawyers all strive to be leader in the handling of personnal injury claims in British Columbia.

Quality and value

Our policy is simple and straightforward: you rinitial consultation is free, and you will pay no fees intil we have successfully concluded your claim. We believe that no personal injury claim myst ever be rushed. Thorough investigation, creative analysis, and practical solutions are what every client can expect from our Personal Injury Law Group lawyers. We give our clients the time and energy that their personal injury claims deserve.