Product Liability Attorney in Tampa, FL
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 Tampa, FL product liability 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 attorney in Tampa, FL, as soon as possible.
Commonly Reported Defective Products
Our firm’s Tampa, FL product liability attorney has experience with various kinds of defective product cases. A staggering number of products can be defective or unreasonably unsafe enough to harm consumers and patients. It is important to note that manufacturers of inherently dangerous products cannot generally be held liable for injuries caused by those products unless they are also defective or unreasonably unsafe for a specific reason. For example, table saws are inherently dangerous. If you hurt yourself while using one, you may not be able to sue for damages unless the saw was defective. However, if you were hurt while using a saw that wasn’t constructed with industry safety standards in place, then you would be able to recover damages. Each product injury case is unique, which is why it’s generally a good idea to speak with an attorney before making any assumptions about your case.
There are some products that are flagged as harmfully defective more often than others. These products include:
- Baby and Child Products
- Car Parts, Including Air Bags
- Cleaning Products (Due to Toxic Chemical Exposure)
- Household Appliances
- Industrial Equipment and Machinery
- Medical Devices
- Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
What if I’m Unsure of Whether My Injury Was Caused by a Defective Product?
If you believe that a drug, chemical, or other product may have caused you harm but you’re not totally sure whether it was the product that caused your suffering, please schedule a consultation with the respected Florida firm, Jeff Murphy Law. You don’t have to be sure to ask questions and receive a free case evaluation. Too often, consumers and patients are left believing that they have no options if their case isn’t “open and shut.” Scheduling a free, no-obligation, confidential case evaluation simply allows you to understand your options, ask questions, and receive professional guidance. At a minimum, this process will help you from wondering, “What if?” for the rest of your life.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you either know or suspect that you have been injured as a result of a defective product, please don’t hesitate to connect with our firm’s experienced Tampa, FL product liability attorney today. It isn’t always easy to know, especially in the case of defective drugs or toxic exposure, whether a product has caused the harm you’ve experienced. Our firm understands how to connect the dots in defective product cases so that we can answer your questions and advise you of your options in a way that allows you to make an informed decision about those options. Whether you’re looking to file a safety report with the government or to seek compensation from the product manufacturers that harmed you, we can help you clarify your options and advocate for your interests. Please contact our firm’s Tampa, FL product liability attorney today; we look forward to speaking with you.
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