Were You Injured in an Accident Due to a Defective Product
Regardless of what the products are, such as industrial machinery, toys, auto parts or household appliances, they must be made with duty of care and come with complete instructions and warnings to ensure that they are safe for use. Simply stated, any and all foreseeable hazards must be identified and addressed by the product manufacturer to minimize the safety risk factors, which can otherwise expose the user to the potential of experiencing serious injuries or in some cases, wrongful death.
This is when a product liability claim can be made by the victim or surviving family members of the deceased after product use. Liability can be placed on the manufacturer if the product is defective and doesn’t meet the industry standards in terms of three main aspects—design, manufacturing and warning. Contact our Stuart product liability lawyers for the assistance you need.
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Areas of Product Liability in Stuart
It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure that the product that is being designed by their company mitigates any and all possible harm to the consumers. In other words, if the product is in any way inherently dangerous then the danger should be designed away or at least the consumer should be warned about it. The manufacturer shall be held responsible for design defects.
As per industry standards, companies are expected to create and manufacture safe products for consumer use. However, sometimes manufacturers fail to ensure consumer safety and instead put their lives in serious danger.
Failure to Warn
If there is still a slight chance that a product designed and manufactured might not be safe, then the manufacturer must inform or warn the product users. The manufacturer can be held accountable for injuries or deaths of consumers if they failed to provide sufficient and detailed warning.
Types of Product Liability Cases
You can file a claim against the manufacturer for the following products:
Some toys may have sharp edges or put children at risk to choking hazards. If the manufacturer fails to include safety warnings for choking hazards or sharp edges then they may be liable for injuries caused to the children while playing with such toys.
Over 125 million Americans annually visit the ER, each one depending on some kind of medical device. Thus, manufacturers, designers, and suppliers of medical devices should be held to an extremely high standard of excellence to avoid faulty or defective medical products. However, some manufacturers fail to comply with the industry standards and introduce malfunctioning medical devices, which can put the lives of thousands at risk. Medical products that have been subject to recent recalls include surgical screws, breast implants, pace makers, stents, hip and knee replacements, external defibrillators and more.
Automobiles or Auto Parts
Air bag failure, faulty ignition, tire blowouts, poor brakes, and inferior quality baby seats can put vehicle drivers and passengers, including babies at risk. So, if a defective or malfunctioning car part caused an injury then the manufacturer is liable to compensate the affected party.
Chemicals, household appliances, power tools, ladders, smoke alarms and space heaters must be designed with safety in mind and sold with complete instructions and warnings. Failure can lead to product liability and the manufacturer must pay for the medical expenses, losses, injuries and other damages that their household products have caused to consumers.
Catastrophic injuries may also occur due to poorly manufactured protection gear and defective sports equipment, including but not limited to goggles, balls, sticks, helmets and other training tools. For example, poor quality football helmets lack sufficient shock absorption, thereby exposing players to the risk of head injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
Serious injuries and fatalities occur frequently in the US due to contaminated food or use of harmful food additives. It is the manufacturer’s duty to ensure that their products don’t contain any kind of hazardous chemicals or products that can put the lives of consumers in danger.
Manufacturers are responsible for machinery and equipment safety. If they believe that some sort of danger is inherently present then a warning must be provided to the public by incorporating a warning label to the product. If they fail to do so, then they shall compensate for the losses and injuries caused by their machinery to users.
Cribs and Child Seats
Defective child seats and cribs are valid reasons to file product liability claims, especially if they have resulted in an injury or death. Child seat defects include but are not limited to flaws in the harness, flammable material use, loose handlebars, safety requirements not met by the manufacturer, base separation and weak construction. Such defects can result in minor injuries like lacerations, scratches and bruises and also expose children to more serious risks like broken bones and skull fractures.
Speak With a Stuart Product Liability Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured due to defective product use in Stuart, Florida, then get in touch with us today. Our experienced and knowledgeable Stuart product liability lawyer will provide you with free quality consultation determining whether your case is valid for a product liability claim or you may need another course of action to get compensated.
It is best to get in touch with us right away because under Florida’s statute of limitations law, you only have 4 years to file a product liability claim in case of injury. And this time frame is further reduced to 2 years in case of wrongful death.
Our Stuart personal injury lawyers will work on your case as top priority and help you every step of the process, ensuring that you get a fair and full compensation for the damages, injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering incurred due to defective product use. We strive to make the entire process fast, smooth and stress-free so that you can focus on getting better while our attorney aggressively pursues your case and works relentlessly for maximum financial recovery on your behalf. Contact us for a consultation.
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