What is Products Liability?
If you have been injured by a product, you may have the right to seek damages through a product liability claim. Product liability claims typically arise when a person is injured and the product’s design, manufacturing, warnings, or instructions fail to meet the expectations of a reasonable consumer.
The company who sold the product – as well as anyone else in the supply chain – owes a duty to ensure that the product is fit for human use and is reasonably safe. These companies also have a duty to make sure that their product contains adequate instructions and warnings to avoid injuries – even from reasonable misuse of the product. Everyone in the supply chain can be held liable if the product is defective, unreasonably dangerous, or lacks reasonable instructions and warnings.
6 Steps to Take if You Have Been Injured by a Product in Florida
If you or someone you love has been injured by a product in Florida, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights. The actions and choices you take at the scene of the incident and in the hours and days that follow can have a significant impact on the outcome of your product liability claim. Below are six steps to take if you have been injured by a product.
- Preserve the product and any packaging, instructions, or warnings that came with it.
- Preserve the receipt or proof of purchase of the product.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident, the product failure, and the injures as soon as possible.
- Obtain medical records that pertain to the specific incident and injuries.
- Report the issue with the product to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Promptly reach out to a reliable Florida product liability firm, like Miller Trial Law, to preserve your rights and coordinate the medical treatment you need, as you could waive certain benefits if you do not timely seek medical attention. Miller Trial Law is experienced and prepared to help you.
Defective Products That Have Recently Been Recalled
Every year, manufacturers recall products due to risks or hazards associated with their products. Common product recalls include motor vehicles, baby or child products, medicine, and food.
Vehicle recalls are some of the most common defective products. When a vehicle is recalled, the manufacturer is required to notify the purchaser of the vehicle and is required to repair the vehicle. Occasionally, there may be issues if the vehicle owner is not the original purchaser, and the manufacturer may not be able to reach the current user. If you have been hurt due to a vehicle defect, you may be able to seek damages for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses. Miller Trial Law is an experienced product liability firm that is ready to help you.
Another common recall is medication prescriptions. Recent drug recalls pertaining to medications like Zantac and certain hand sanitizers because of the possible presence of wood alcohol in the product. Other lawsuits include talcum powder or other baby powder lawsuits, as well as over-the-counter and prescription medication. If you believe that you have become ill or suffered a serious injury from a defective drug, Miller Trial Law can get you the recovery that you deserve.
Children and baby products, like toys, sunscreen, and car seats, are frequently recalled because risks to babies have been discovered. If your child was tragically injured while using a baby product, your family may have the right to pursue a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective product or a product that lacked appropriate warnings or instructions, Miller Trial Law may be able to get you the compensation that you deserve. Please call us today at (305) 697-8312 for a free, no-risk consultation. We look forward to serving you!