Stuart Product Liability Lawyer
There are around 400 products recalled every year by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission due to dangerous defects, successfully getting these items off shelves and protecting millions of Americans from injuries. However, many other defective products still find their way into the hands of consumers. Victims can suffer tremendously even beyond the physical pain, with financial and emotional losses that have long-term consequences.
Fortunately, you do have rights under Florida law if you’re injured by a dangerous, defective product. Our attorneys at Lesser, Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC will fight for your right to compensation, so please contact our office to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Stuart product liability lawyer today.
Legal Basis of Product Liability Claims: Generally speaking, defective products claims arise out of personal injury legal concepts. The essential elements are distinct, because they’re based upon strict liability instead of negligence. To recover compensation, you must prove:
- The product was defective;
- The flaw in the item was the direct cause of your injuries;
- You were using the product in the way it was reasonably intended; and,
- You suffered losses as a result of your injuries.
From these essential elements of a products liability case, you can probably see how there could be multiple entities involved with bringing a defective item into the chain of commerce. Potential parties in such a claim may include manufacturers, design engineers, shipping companies, warehousing organizations, store owners, and any other company that had a hand in the process.
Types of Defects That Make Products Dangerous: Almost any flaw in a product could make it hazardous for normal use, but these claims usually occur because of:
- Design defects, which stem from failures in the development or “blueprints” of the product;
- Manufacturing defects that are caused by a mistake in the production process and affect only one lot of products; and,
- Labelling issues, such as the failure to provide proper instructions or warn users of inherent dangers.
Damages You Can Recover as an Injured Victim: With the help of a products liability lawyer in proving the above elements, it’s possible to recover a wide range of damages. You can obtain amounts for your direct and out-of-pocket costs, such as medical bills and lost ages. Plus, you may be able to receive non-economic damages to cover your pain, suffering, emotional distress, scarring, disfigurement, and many other types of losses.
Contact a Stuart Product Liability Lawyer to Learn More
Though products liability claims are similar in some ways to other personal injury cases, there are many complexities that can affect your rights. Plus, manufacturers have big budgets and large legal departments ready to fight you at every possible opportunity. To learn more about your options when injured by a defective product, please contact Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC. You can reach our firm to schedule a free consultation by calling 772-283-6839 or visiting us online. We serve injured victims in Martin County and throughout Eastern Florida from our offices in Stuart, FL.