Can I file a lawsuit for injuries resulting from product liability?
If you have suffered an injury from an unsafe product, you should get in touch with a professional attorney who has substantial experience in handling product liability cases.
Defective products cause millions of injuries and fatalities every year. A faulty or defective product can lead to a product liability lawsuit if someone is injured or killed by the use of the product. The various types of defective products can range from motor vehicles, boats, children’s toys, and equipment or machinery used in construction or manufacturing. Sometimes products do not operate or cannot be used in the manner they were intended and this can result in serious injuries to the consumer.
Products liability cases typically focus on the manufacturer’s conduct and will fall into one of the following categories – design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn.
Design defects – these cases focus on the way the product was intended to be made and the fact that the particular design is dangerous. Florida’s “consumer expectation test” states that a product is considered unreasonably dangerous if it does not perform as safely as reasonably expected when it is used by the consumer in its intended manner. Examples of design defect cases include a car that accelerates suddenly on its own or has brakes that don’t stop the car quickly enough, or a toy that is small enough to be swallowed by a child.
Failure to warn – these cases focus on the manufacturer or seller’s lack of warnings and the argument that the product would have been safe if the proper warnings had been given. The product may have been properly designed, but it was not accompanied by the correct warnings and this failure created a hazard, making the product unreasonably dangerous to its intended user. Examples of products that could be defective due to inadequate warnings could include a prescription drug that has serious side effects or contra-indicators that are not on the label, or a piece of heavy machinery (such as a power saw) that does not have instructions telling the user where to place his hands when using the equipment.
Manufacturing defect – These cases focus on the fact that the product was not manufactured as it was intended to be made, usually due to a defect in the manufacturing facility. If the defective product causes an injury to its intended user, the manufacturer can be held liable. Examples of manufacturing defects include an airbag that does not properly deploy even though the manufacturer had designed it to work properly, or a safety latch on a seat belt that does not properly hold during an accident.
As you can see, product liability cases are usually very complicated and involve complex laws. Make sure the attorney you contact has the necessary experience in helping people who have been injured by faulty products so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Product liability lawsuits can be very expensive to pursue, so it is important that you hire an attorney who knows how to handle these claims and who has the financial ability to fight the manufacturer and seller.
Jeff Murphy Law has been successfully fighting for the rights of individuals who have been injured due to unsafe or defective products. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a defective product, you should contact a professional product liability lawyer in Tampa, FL, as soon as possible.
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