Product liability is the area of law that deals with harm caused by defective products. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a defective vehicle, your case may include a product liability claim. If you were injured by a dangerous medication or defective medical device, if your child was hurt by a defective stroller, or if you family suffered serious injuries in a house fire they could have escaped sooner had the smoke detectors worked properly, you need an experienced product liability lawyer.
My Price Lawyers works with a network of experienced product liability attorneys in Tampa, St. Petersburg and throughout Florida, including the communities of Orlando, Clearwater, Lakeland, Sebring, and Brandon. Please call us today at 1-800-475-7005 for your free consultation.
Why You Need Legal Representation
If you have been harmed by a defective product, the company that made or sold the product, or someone else in the supply chain, could be held responsible. This often means you will be fighting a large corporation for the compensation that you deserve. It would be easy to assume that, with all the money they make, it would be nothing to them to pay for your injuries.
But big companies fight hard to avoid accepting responsibility or paying even if it seems like a drop in the bucket compared to their annual profits. They have teams of lawyers whose sole purpose is to protect them from paying people like you.
You need an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of product liability law, who knows the tricks that your opponent will use and knows how to beat them. You need the help of a lawyer who is dedicated to fighting for justice for individuals like you and who is not afraid to stand up to the large corporations on your behalf.
How My Price Lawyers Helps Injury Victims Like You
At My Price Lawyers, we understand what you are going through. We know that you are facing huge medical bills, loss of income, and the enormous personal losses that come with serious injuries. We are here to connect you with an experienced attorney who concentrates their practice on the specific area of law you need. The lawyers in our network provide affordable legal representation.
Injury victims should never feel that they cannot afford quality legal representation. We do not charge you for connecting you with a lawyer. If an attorney in our network represents you in a product liability case, it will be on a contingency fee basis. That means, you do not need to come up with a retainer and you are not billed for hourly attorneys’ fees. The attorneys’ fees you incur are a percentage of the money that you recover through settlement or what you win at trial. If you do not win any money you do not have to pay any attorneys’ fees.
Did a Defective Product Cause Your Injuries?
It is not always obvious that an injury was caused by a defective product. Sometimes, you know that a product malfunctioned, causing your injuries. But some cases are far more complicated. For instance, if you were injured in a hotel fire, it may appear that the hotel is to blame, but upon further investigation it may be discovered that the fire was caused by a defective product rather than negligence on the part of the hotel or one of its employees.
Injuries caused by defective medications and medical devices are often mistaken for injuries caused by medical malpractice. Injury victims and their loved ones usually do not have all the facts needed to know whether it was a medical mistake or a product defect, but an experienced product liability or medical malpractice attorney will thoroughly investigate and determine the true underlying cause and the course of action needed for you to recover the compensation that you deserve.
Car accidents are a another example. A defective vehicle can make it look like a driver was to blame when the situation was really out of their control. And, even in accidents that are caused by negligent drivers, a defective vehicle part can make injuries far worse than they would have been.
Type of Accidents and Injuries Caused by Defective Products
Defective products can cause a wide range of accidents and injuries, and are often behind those such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Structure fires
- Contact burns
- Chemical burns
- Electric shock and electrocution
- Structure collapse
- Injuries to children, including choking, crushing, amputations and lead poisoning
- Slip and fall
- Food poisoning
- Nursing home injuries
- Adverse events involving medications
- Illnesses and injuries caused by medical devices
- Workplace accidents, injuries, and injuries
Any product has the potential to be defective, but some products are more commonly defective in ways that cause injuries and death. These include:
- Cars, all-terrain vehicles, and other motor vehicles
- Children’s toys
- Other children’s products, such as baby carriers, car seats and clothing
- Human food
- Pet food
- Lawn and garden equipment, such as lawnmowers
- Barbeque grills
- Tools for home or professional use, including manual, power, and air tools
- Heavy equipment
- Drywall and other construction materials
- Safety equipment, such as smoke detectors
- Cell phones
- Other electronics that can get very hot or start fires when they malfunction
- Space heaters
- Furniture that tips over
- Cleaning supplies, such as laundry pods
- Air fresheners
- Elevators and escalators
- Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs
- Medical devices and other medical products
Types of Defects
When you think of defective products, you probably picture something that breaks, explodes or otherwise malfunctions. Products can be defective in many more ways, and they do not have to break or malfunction to cause serious injury or death. Examples of the ways in which products can be dangerously defective include:
- Manufacturing defects including improper assembly, contamination, and use of inferior parts
- Design flaws
- Defective instructions including instructions that are incomplete, inaccurate, or unreasonably confusing
- Lack of warnings including proper warning labels for medications, age warnings on toys, other age restrictions, warnings not to ingest harmful substances, “keep out of reach of children and pets”, and similar warnings of hazards a product can pose to the user or to others
- Improper labeling of products that have specific labeling requirements, such as medications that do not meet the labeling standards designed to make the medication and dose easily identifiable in order to prevent medication errors
- Inappropriate marketing including advertising a product for use in a manner in which it cannot be safely used or marketing to children or another audience that cannot safely use the product
You Can Receive Compensation Even if the Product Has Not Been Recalled
If you have been hurt by a defective product that has been recalled, the recall itself can be evidence that the product caused your injuries. In fact, you may only have learned of the defect because of the recall. But, most defective products are never recalled. Some products are only recalled after many people are injured or killed.
You can prove that a product was defective and that the defect caused your injuries without a recall. Do not let the absence of a recall stand between you and the money that you deserve. An experienced product liability attorney can help you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Defective Products that Harm Children
Children can be harmed by defective toys, other types of products made for use by or for children and household products that are not specifically made for children.
Examples of defective household products that can harm children include:
- Furniture that tips over, including TVs, dressers and bookcases
- Curtains, shades and blinds with cords and strings that pose strangulation hazard
- Laundry pods
- Other cleaning supplies
- Heaters and heating pads
- Button batteries
- Contaminated pet food
Children’s products that can be defective causing injury or death include:
- Car safety seats
- Baby carriers
- Baby formula
- Baby monitors
- Flammable clothing and bedding
- Clothing that poses strangulation hazards
- Playground equipment
- Baby gates
Defective children’s toys can pose grave dangers. Examples of hazards posed by defective toys include:
- Toys that pose a choking hazard because they are too small and lack appropriate age warnings
- Toys that contain or break down into parts that are too small
- Latex balloons causing choking
- Strong magnets that can cause intestinal injury when swallowed
- Moving parts that can pinch causing severe cuts, amputations and other injuries
- Strings and wires that cause cuts and amputations
- Toys that break creating sharp edges or points
- Toys that have sharp edges or point when perfectly intact
- Cords, strings and handles that pose strangulation hazards
- Dangerously loud toys
- Electronic toys that can overheat
- Electronic toys that cause electric shock
- Dangerous or explosive materials
- Flammable materials
- Contamination with toxic substances including lead and certain plastics
Defective products are like a ticking time bomb. They can cause accidents and injuries when you are doing everything right, when you are just going about your everyday life and without the intrusion of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. They are often the result of large corporations cutting corners, marketing inappropriately or failure to warn of dangers in order to increase profits, with full knowledge of the dangers their products pose.
Find a Defective Product Lawyer Near You!
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective product, it is time to take action. Please, call My Price Lawyers at 1-800-475-7005 or email us today to be connected with an experienced and affordable Florida product liability attorney.