Product Liability Lawyers
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Across Florida, consumers should be able to expect a certain level of safety and reliability from the products they purchase. Product designers, manufacturers, and distributors all have a responsibility to design, produce and sell products that do not cause harm to consumers. If a consumer becomes injured due to a product that is shown to be defective, then the responsible party can be held accountable, even if the defect was unintentional. Sometimes it’s difficult for a product liability victim to determine the product’s defect, which is why you should consult a personal injury attorney with product liability expertise.
Product Liability Attorneys In Gainesville
There are countless ways and reasons a product may be or become defective. Shortcuts in the design or manufacturing process meant to save money could lead to the distribution of inferior products, which could in turn cause injury to consumers who purchase and use the products. Many defects are discovered only after the product has been sold, and in this situation, the manufacturer must issue a product recall.
A vehicle defect can lead to a serious or deadly accident. And although the automobile industry has included many life-saving safety features over the years, when one of those features fails to work properly, drivers and passengers can be injured or killed. Vehicle defects can also lead to a multiple-car accident, putting many others at risk for injury. Some vehicle manufacturers release public recalls when an issue involving a part must be repaired or replace, and this is a much-needed public service announcement. But consider how many innocent lives were taken and how many drivers or passengers were seriously injured before the manufacturer deemed the problem serious enough to issue a recall. If you have been injured, contact the product liability and personal injury attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. in Gainesville.
Defects In Home Products
A lot of products that consumers purchase may not work entirely how it was advertised. But when it comes to products that are meant to save you from harm, defects cannot be allowed. What if your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector did not work properly? Accidents resulting from defective home products can quickly spiral out of control. It’s important to hold responsible the manufacturers and designers of faulty products so that others are not at risk of possible injury or death.
Defective Medical Devices
While many consumers assume that defective products refer to toys, household objects, and gadgets, there are many products that are directly linked to a person’s health, well-being and even life. There are many medical devices on the market that consumers use to regulate their bodily functions or to aid them in their daily lives. Furthermore, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and care facilities use numerous medical devices in treating, reviving and caring for patients. Should one of those medical devices be defective, a person’s life is at risk. For this reason, medical devices must be designed well and manufactured perfectly to avoid the loss of life.
If you or a person you love has been injured due to a product that is defective, there are a few things you can do to help your case. First, seek medical attention. A medical record of your injuries can be used to justify your claim. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., we also recommend gaining competent counsel from a qualified Gainesville personal injury attorney. Our attorneys are experienced in many areas of personal injury law, including product liability.
Types Of Product Liability Lawsuits
Product liability lawsuits fall under one of three categories — design, manufacturing, or failure to warn. Each type is governed by Florida’s strict liability law which the parties involved in producing and selling the product can be held liable for illness or injury the product caused. If you or a loved one were harmed by a product defect, contact a personal injury lawyer in Gainesville with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.
A design defect is directly related to the product’s planning and design, not the manufacturing process. When these errors and/or flaws occur, the entire product line is generally affected. Liability surrounds whether the product had a certain or predictable risk when used with its intended purpose. However, a product is considered defective due to a design defect in Florida if the product is unreasonably dangerous. The design of a product should allow the product to be used in an intended and safe manner by a consumer.
Because a consumer must show a design defect caused injury or damage while using the product in a prudent manner, the personal injury lawyers with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. can build a strong case in your defense. Our attorneys examine all factors in the situation and advocate for your best interest.
Manufacturing defects are relatively rare and generally affect a small amount of the same product. This type of defect is unintended by the manufacturer and happens when inferior and/or substandard materials are used in the manufacturing process or the product is produced with unsatisfactory workmanship. Because many companies mass produce their products, materials and supplies used are continuously depleted and replenished. An inferior batch of material would then only affect a small portion of the total product produced.
Companies who market the product have a duty of care to consumers to test the product before it leaves the facility with manufacturing and quality controls. Yet, sometimes a poorly manufactured product slips through these controls and reaches consumers. In these instances, the manufacturer is liable for damage and/or injuries based on the strict liability principle.
Failure To Warn / Marketing Defect
Failure to warn is also called a marketing defect though it has nothing to do with the advertising and/or promotion of the product. Instead, this type of defect covers a lack of adequate directions for appropriate maintenance and use of the product. If the product can cause an illness, injury, or side effects, these must also be listed.
Essentially, a product that could be inherently dangerous due to a defect or lack of information must have a warning. A product manufacturer who neglects to list or state this information may be liable for a consumer’s illness or injury, or damage. Also, if the manufacturer could have discovered or foreseen a risk with the product by investigating, researching, and testing, they are generally liable. If a manufacturer discovers an issue with the product after the product has been released for purchase, a product recall may be issued.
Personal Injury Attorneys You Can Trust
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, our personal injury and product liability attorneys understand that an unexpected injury can lead to increased financial burdens along with a decline in physical, emotional and mental health. If you’ve been involved in an accident resulting from a faulty product, contact our law firm in Gainesville today. We work hard for all the hard-working residents of Florida so you can get the compensation you deserve.