Fort Lauderdale Products Liability Attorney
Representing the rights of individuals injured by defective consumer products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates1 that more than 38 million people were injured by consumer products during 2012 in the United States. When consumers purchase products for themselves and their families, they rightfully expect that the products that they bring home will be safe to use as intended. Unfortunately, this expectation is sometimes proved wrong, sometimes with disastrous consequences. When these accidents occur because of some type of defect in the product, Florida products liability law often allows injured victims to recover for their losses by filing a legal claim.
Product defects can take a variety of forms
In order to be able to successfully bring a products liability2 claim against a particular party, consumers must generally be able to establish that the product that injured them was in some way defective. Products liability claims generally fall into one of three categories:
- Claims based on defective manufacture – These claims are usually based on issues having to do with poor or substandard materials or shoddy workmanship that cause a product to be unreasonably dangerous.
- Claims based on defective design – Defective design issues tend to affect all instances of a particular product and involve a design flaw that makes them dangerous to use.
- Claims based on defective marketing – These kinds of claims are also often referred to as “failure to warn” claims. They involve products that pose some non-obvious danger to consumers that could easily have been mitigated by providing the consumer with a simple warning.
These types of defects can apply to nearly any consumer product that one can imagine. Some of the types of products that are commonly the subject of products liability litigation include:
· Home appliances
· Electrical equipment
· Children’s products
· Space heaters
· Sports equipment
· Hair dryers
· Vehicle accessories
· Household chemicals
· Pharmaceutical drugs
The injuries that these and other consumer products can cause can be extremely serious and may leave victims with significant economic and non-economic losses. As a result, it is extremely important for victims to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. It is important for anyone who believes that they may have a Florida products liability claim to understand that these types of actions are subject to a strict statute of limitations, so waiting to file a claim may jeopardize your ability to recover for your losses.
Contact a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida products liability lawyer today to schedule a free case evaluation
Individuals who are injured be defective products are often legally entitled to significant financial compensation. Because of the highly complicated legal and technical matters that often arise in product liability litigation, it is highly advisable for anyone who is considering pursuing a claim based on an injury caused by a consumer product to do so with the assistance of an experienced Fort Lauderdale products liability lawyer.
South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful product liability claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today.