If you’ve been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer. Contact an experienced product liability lawyer at Saunders & Walker’s office to obtain expert legal advice.
What Is Product Liability?
Dangerous products can cause injury or even death. Every year, defective products harm thousands of people. In general, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer or vendor to ensure that their merchandise is safe. If a malfunction results from poor design, faulty construction, or improper labeling, then the injured victim has a legal right to seek compensation for the damages. If a court determines that the producers or distributors are at fault for a product malfunction that causes damage, then a settlement is awarded.
Understanding Product Liability Law
Product liability law exists to protect consumers from the harmful effects of dangerous products. It holds makers and sellers responsible for defective manufacturing or improper labeling. Product liability cases follow a different set of rules than normal injury law. Without a federal code to govern product liability claims, the law varies from state to state. Florida, for example, has its own set of rules and regulations that differ from the statutes existing in other states.
The Legal Process
It’s important to remember that the law is complex, involving scientific evidence and intricate legal points. Lawsuits often proceed very slowly. Be prepared for a lengthy and time-consuming process. Your ability to recover damages may also be limited if:
- You knew about a particular defect, but used the product anyway.
- After buying the product, you substantially changed it in a way that fundamentally altered its operation.
- You used the product in a way that was unintended or ignored clear safety warnings.
The only way to determine whether you have a valid product liability claim is to contact a qualified defective product attorney. A skilled attorney can help you evaluate your claim, examine the evidence, and advise you on the proper course of action. Call Saunders & Walker at 1-800-748-7115 to schedule a free consultation with a Pinellas County defective product lawyer.
Types of Product Liability Cases
Defective products can include anything from cars and airplanes to cigarettes and energy drinks. They malfunction for any number of reasons. Most product malfunction cases fall into a few general categories:
- Design Flaws – Products that come with design flaws are inherently defective. They’re prone to failure even before they come off the factory press. Since the flaw is built into the product itself, this is the hardest problem to fix. Examples with design flaws are:
- Barnett Cross Bows Without Thumb Guards
- Automobile Airbags – Takata Airbags
- Automobile Tires
- Power Tools
- Medical Devices such as Artificial Hips
- Cigarette Lighters
- Electrical Appliances
- Taser Stun Guns
- Poor Construction / Shoddy Manufacturing – Sometimes a product is well-designed, but poorly constructed. This sort of problem starts at the manufacturing stage. Unlike design flaws, most manufacturing defects only affect a certain portion of a product line. Examples with poor construction or shoddy manufacturing are:
- Steel used in Building Construction
- Food Recalls
- Incorrect Labeling – Some products feature labels that can easily confuse people. Some contain incorrect instructions. Others come with inadequate safety warnings. Any labeling flaws can lead customers to use a product incorrectly, resulting in injury or illness. Examples with incorrect labeling are:
- Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower Body Powder
- Bausch & Lomb
- Propane Tanks
- Pharmaceutical Drugs
- Dietary Supplements
- Household Chemicals
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a faulty product, contact Saunders & Walker law firm today. Based in Pinellas Park, Florida, we have decades of experience providing expert legal representation. We’ll be happy to speak with you over the phone or by email (at no charge) about your defective product claims.