Orlando Product Liability Lawyers
Holding Product Manufacturers Liable for Consumer Injuries
Every product manufacturer owes a duty of care to consumers, requiring them to create and sell only products that are reasonably safe for their intended use. When this duty is forgotten, overlooked, or set aside, consumers suffer.
It is only fair that the product manufacturers who sell dangerous products should be held financially liable for any damages they cause to the American public. At Florida Injury Law Firm, we are proud to represent people throughout Florida who have been wrongfully injured by a defective product.
Our decades of combined legal experience have positioned us as one of the state’s most trusted law firms to handle difficult, high-stakes claims. Whether the defending product maker wants to settle your claim or try to complicate everything through litigation, we will be ready.
Our deliberate preparedness and striking legal abilities have recovered more than $100 million in damages for our clients, and we would like to see how we can help you, too.
How Does a Product Become Defective?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports on dozens of newly recalled or potentially dangerous products each month. How is it that so many consumer products can become so dangerous for use to the point that people are seriously injured by them?
Typically, there are two ways that a product can become dangerously defective:
- Design flaw: Some products are made with a flaw in their design that makes them either dangerous immediately or after a period of regular, intended use.
- Manufacturing error: Other products become dangerous due to a mistake during the manufacturing process, such as the wrong material being used or an inadequate quality check system in place at the end.
Being able to prove the origin of your product’s defect is important for your product liability claim. Using our years of legal and investigative experience, we can study the evidence available to get to the defect’s source, assuming it is not an obvious issue as it is in many cases.
Keep the Product, Packaging & Other Materials
Please be aware that you should hold onto the product, packaging, instruction manual, and any other material that came with it. Upon hearing of a consumer complaint, product manufacturers often instruct people to send them the product and its packaging back to them for review. Do not send the product manufacturer anything without first consulting with our Florida product liability lawyers.
You do not owe the product manufacturer your immediate cooperation after being hurt by their product. If you send the product and other materials to them, then you will deliver the best evidence your claim has to the opposition – and they know as much. While you usually should report your accident to the product manufacturer, you should not send the product away to them without a lawyer’s direction.
Newsworthy Examples of Defective Products
When a consumer is injured by a defective product, they have the right to seek a variety of damages. Everything from hospital bills and lost wages to damages related to their emotional suffering can be pursued through a personal injury claim.
Due to their typically high value, product liability claims are often fought tenaciously by product manufacturers, who even want to keep word about their product failures out of the news. Thankfully, they are not always successful.
Here are four examples of defective products in recent news:
The largest auto recall in history was spurred on by dangerously defective Takata airbags, which would explode violently in even low-speed collisions. Millions and millions of cars from several manufacturers were recalled after countless injuries and several driver deaths were reported.
It was determined that Takata had used an unstable component to trigger the rapid inflation of the airbag, making this defect a design flaw.
Toyota Gas Pedals
Between 2009 and 2011, Toyota recalled several automobile models after learning that the acceleration pedal could get jammed while depressed, effectively forcing the vehicle to accelerate out of control.
The automaker settled claims for more than $1 billion, including claims from people who were hurt or lost a loved one due to the defective pedals.
Fischer-Price® Rock ‘n Play Sleepers
In recent news, Fischer-Price® recalled its Rock n’ Play sleepers after several reports of infant fatalities due to the product’s defective design.
According to consumer complaints, infants can roll over while in the sleeper due to inadequate restraints, inadvertently creating a suffocation risk.
There have been several IKEA brand dressers throughout the years that have been recalled due to tipping hazards.
In recent years, nearly 18 million IKEA dressers, including the highly popular Kullen and Malm dressers, were recalled after reports of small children being crushed under the dressers, which tipped over when the top drawer was opened alone. One consumer case was reportedly settled for more than $40 million.
Discuss Your Case with Professional Lawyers Today
When you want to file a product liability claim against a product manufacturer, you will be challenging them and their corporate legal departments. The opposition will be fierce and likely not open to cooperation or settlement negotiations. Keep your claim’s chances strong by allowing legal professionals to help you with every step along the way.
Florida Injury Law Firm and our product liability lawyers are standing by to hear from people throughout Florida who have been hurt due to a product defect. Make your case count – call (407) 915-3483 or contact us online today.