Personal Injury Due to Defective Products
As consumers today, we have a wider variety of products at our disposal to choose from than ever before. In addition to price, different makes, model numbers, and manufacturers provide an abundance of choices in everything from baby items to household tools to televisions. Today’s savvy shopper does their research, considering numerous factors as well as warranties and product reviews, in making smart choices as to the products their families use. Despite all this, a consumer may still find themselves with a shabbily made product, with defects in design, manufacture, or workmanship. Injuries due to defective products are a serious, potentially life threatening matter, and there are legal remedies available to help to compensate you for damages incurred as a result of your injury.
Florida Product Liability Law
Injuries due to unsafe or defective products can occur in a number of ways and for a variety of reasons. Florida law provides legal recourse for injuries due to products defects under the theory of product liability. Under Florida State Statutes, Section 768.81(d), damages in a product liability action can arise out of the following:
- Manufacturing defects relating to how a product is made and the materials used.
- Design defects regarding how the product was tested or designed to be used.
- Construction defects in terms of how the product is assembled or constructed.
- Product installation defects resulting in property damages or injuries.
- Marketing defects relating to the product’s promoted uses and advantages.
- Contamination issues related to food and beverage products.
Product liability lawsuits may also arise out of a failure to warn consumers of actual or potential dangers that can occur as a result of using a product. Under the theory of product liability, manufacturers of dangerous products may be liable for medical damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages.
Consumer Recalls of Defective Products
Product recalls are requests to return a product once a manufacturer or distributor discovers safety issues that may adversely affect or endanger the consumer. While some product recalls make headline news, others go virtually unnoticed. A recent recall of Blue Bell Ice Cream made headlines when it was pulled from shelves in Florida and a host of other states due to Listeria contamination, which produces serious, and sometimes fatal, illness in children, the elderly, and people with autoimmune disorders.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information for consumers on product recalls, as well as general safety alerts, through the website saferproducts.gov. Consumers can find danger alerts and recall information on a number of items, such as children cribs, toys and accessories, home appliances, furnaces and generators, and sports and recreational equipment. Being aware of safety alerts and product recalls is an important way consumers can protect themselves against dangerous or defective products.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, contact our experienced Ft. Pierce personal injury lawyer. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, serving Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, our lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve for injuries due to defective or dangerous products. Contact us today for a free consultation.