Dangerous products can cause serious, sometimes permanent, injuries. An experienced Ocala product liability lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can fight to get you the fair compensation you deserve.
Are you ready to learn more about holding the company responsible for your injuries accountable? We’re ready to help. Call our law offices in Ocala, Florida to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys today.
How Can an Ocala Personal Injury Attorney Help With My Product Liability Case?
Product liability cases can be complex for a number of reasons. If you were hurt using a consumer product, you might not know what went wrong. You probably have no idea whether others have suffered similar injuries. You need a lawyer with experience handling product liability cases–not just any lawyer picked from the lawyer directory.
Product manufacturers have a legal duty to make sure the products they sell are reasonably safe for their intended use. Sometimes, they’re responsible even for foreseeable misuse of a product. Unfortunately, these big companies don’t always take their responsibilities seriously. If you’re hurt, it can be difficult to get them to own up to their own mistakes.
An experienced Ocala personal injury lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can help. We’ve been handling complex injury cases for decades. We even have people on our staff who have worked for the big insurance companies that will try to deny your claim. We know how to fight back.
When you hire us, we will:
- Investigate to find out why you got hurt
- Dig deep into the manufacturer’s history to find out if the company has a history of making unsafe products
- Find out whether anyone else has suffered similar injuries or side effects
- Stand up to the insurance companies when they don’t take your case seriously
- Hire experts who can help us build the strongest possible claim for compensation
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our Ocala product liability attorneys have a reputation for successfully fighting back against big corporations and their teams of defense lawyers. We’re committed to getting the most compensation possible for every client we take on.
If you were hurt, we’re here to help. All you have to do is give us a call to tell us what happened.
Florida Product Liability Laws Give You the Right to Seek Compensation
Products are sometimes placed on the market before proper tests have been conducted to determine whether they’re safe. When people start getting hurt, the Consumer Product Safety Commission might get involved and issue a product recall. Anything from furniture to airbags to medical devices might be subject to a recall.
You don’t have to wait for the agency to take action. If you were hurt, an experienced product liability lawyer in Ocala can help you explore options for recovering compensation.
There are three primary legal theories that can be used to hold a company responsible for a dangerous product. The product could be dangerous because of a manufacturing defect, design defect, or problem with the warnings or instructions included with the product.
A product has a manufacturing defect when there was some problem with the way the product was put together.
Sometimes, a mistake is made in assembling a product. The actual product itself might be safe as designed–but the particular product was not put together correctly.
Consider the example of an assembly company that uses the wrong size bolt in assembling a batch of nail guns. The entire batch could be defective because of that manufacturing error.
Some products are defective by design. Companies that know, or reasonably should know, that a product’s design is dangerous should find another way to make the product. If the product would be dangerous regardless of how it is designed, the company is responsible for placing adequate warnings or safeguards to minimize the risk.
Failure to Warn
Nearly every product we use can present a danger. Some of those dangers aren’t immediately obvious to ordinary consumers.
When the company that makes the product knows, or should know, about potential non-obvious dangers, they have a duty to warn consumers of the risk. Companies use warning labels and instructions to help people minimize the risks associated with using a product.
When a company fails to include those warnings or instructions, they can be held liable for failure to warn.
Our Lawyers Handle All Dangerous Product Cases in Ocala
Consumers have a right to purchase safe products. Product liability law applies to everything from groceries to prescription drugs. If you were in a car accident and the vehicle was defective, product liability laws apply.
In other words, any type of dangerous product can give you the right to seek compensation for injuries resulting from the product.
Our lawyers can help regardless of the type of product involved in your accident. We handle injury cases involving dangerous:
- Children’s toys
- Car seats and child safety devices
- Power tools
- Construction equipment
- Medical products
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Household appliances
- Vehicle components
- Electronic cigarettes
- Cleaning supplies
- Recreational vehicles
- And more
If you were unexpectedly hurt using a product, give us a call to tell us what happened today. We can help you understand your rights and discuss whether you might have a valid product liability claim for damages.
Dangerous Products Can Lead to Serious Injuries
Dangerous products can cause consumers to suffer serious injuries. Our personal injury lawyers in Ocala can help if a defective product caused you or a loved one to suffer:
- Brain injuries
- Head or neck injuries
- Eye damage
- Hearing loss
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
- Joint injuries
- Lost limbs
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
It’s important to seek medical attention right away if you were hurt using a consumer product. Prompt medical care minimizes the risk that the injuries will be serious or permanent. Seeing a doctor quickly also creates a record of your injuries and protects your right to pursue compensation.
Who Can be Held Responsible if I Was Hurt Using a Defective Product?
A detailed investigation is usually needed to find out who was responsible for your injuries. Our legal team will work to identify the defect and find out who was responsible. Responsible parties could include:
- The manufacturer
- A manufacturer of a discrete component
- The packaging company
- An assembly manufacturer
- The company that designed the product
- Marketing firms
Product liability claims can be based on negligence or strict liability. A company might be liable for negligence if they:
- Failed to conduct adequate safety testing before putting the product on the market
- Failed to foresee common uses of the product
- Did not provide adequate warnings about non-obvious safety risks
- Ignored state or federal laws on consumer product safety
Strict liability is a legal theory that holds the responsible party accountable even if they weren’t negligent. To establish liability based on strict liability, it’s necessary to show:
- The product was unreasonably dangerous
- The defendant was somehow responsible for the product in question
- The product wasn’t modified in any material way after you obtained it
- The product caused your injuries
It’s important to keep the product and any packaging after you’re hurt. Examining the product itself can be key to establishing the danger that caused your injuries.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit If I Was Hurt by a Dangerous Product?
The Florida statute of limitations gives you four years to file a personal injury lawsuit based on a defective product. The timeline is reduced to two years if you lost a loved one to a fatal injury.
Note, the state also has a 12-year statute of repose. This means that most product liability claims expire 12 years after the date the product in question was sold to its first user.
Because product liability cases can be complex, it’s important to call a lawyer as soon as you can. Some cases might even justify a class action lawsuit if multiple people have been hurt in the same way.
Our lawyers are ready to get started immediately. Even if you’re not fully recovered, don’t worry. We can come to you and handle the heavy lifting in investigating your case. All you have to do is call our law firm and tell us what happened.
You’re Entitled to Full and Fair Compensation If You Were Hurt by a Dangerous Product
Product liability laws place strict liability on manufacturers when people get hurt because of defective products. You can recover damages for your financial losses and your non-economic losses. In other words, you’re entitled to full compensation for your losses. Our lawyers will fight to win a settlement or verdict that includes compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative care
- Long-term care
- Medicines and medical devices
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Damages for wrongful death
Your compensation award can’t change the past. It can’t take away the pain of an injury or reverse a child’s permanent injuries. Compensation can, however, help you get the quality medical treatment you need. Importantly, it can also serve to hold careless and reckless companies responsible for their actions.
Hurt Using a Dangerous Product? Call An Experienced Ocala Product Liability Lawyer for Help Today
Were you hurt using a dangerous or defective product? An experienced Ocala product liability lawyer can fight to win the compensation you need to move on with your life. Call the experienced attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A. for a 100% free consultation today.