Defective products can cause serious harm, especially when those defects occur in items we depend on for safety, transportation, or to protect our children from injury. Consumer protection and strict liability laws protect the safety of consumers, allowing you to file a claim against the manufacturer of a defective product if you suffer injuries in one of these incidents.
The laws that govern manufacturing and provide you with a path to compensation after product defect injuries are complex. You need a knowledgeable and experienced defective products lawyer on your side to pursue this type of claim. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, our South Florida legal team can help you navigate the defective products claims process and recover the money you need to pay your medical bills, cover lost wages, and get back on your feet. Call us today at 800-747-3733 for a complimentary consultation with a defective products lawyer in Deerfield Beach.
What Causes Product Defects?
Product defects can occur at almost any point in the design, manufacturing, or distribution of a product.
Manufacturing companies should test designs by building prototypes and ensuring they work as expected. When they cut corners and do not do their due diligence, however, products may not work properly or may fail during use. Depending on the product, this can lead to injuries.
Perhaps the most common reason we see products break or fail during use is because of an issue that arose during the manufacturing process. Manufacturers opt for cheaper materials, suppliers send weak parts, and workers cut corners to save a few dollars. The product fails because of weakness or problems with its assembly, causing injuries.
In some cases, the product works as expected and there are no problems in its manufacture. However, consumers suffer injuries because it lacks the proper instructions for use or necessary warning labels. This is most commonly in medications, but can also occur in other products.
Almost any product can have a defect, but most do not lead to serious injury or financial damages. When clients call us to represent them, it is usually because of a limited number of products that cause significant harm when they fail. The most common dangerous defective products we see in our practice include:
- Car parts;
- Baby products;
- Medications; and
We can help you navigate the claims process no matter what type of product caused your injuries. After your initial consultation, we can advise you of your legal options based on the details of your case.
How Can We Hold the Manufacturer Liable for a Defective Product?
Under Florida’s strict liability laws, we do not have to prove how the defect occurred or who is actually at fault for the problem. This means we can hold the manufacturer liable without investigating their supply chain, production line, and other complicated factors that could have led to a poor design or weak parts. With strict liability, we can hold them financially responsible for the damages you suffered by proving:
- The product has a defect;
- This defect caused you to suffer injuries;
- You used the product in a reasonable way; and
- You did not alter the product in a significant way, or the alteration did not contribute to your injuries.
The evidence required to meet this criteria is much less stringent than if we needed to prove how and when the negligent act occurred during the manufacturing process. Often, the broken product and your medical records are enough to prove your claim, although we conduct a full investigation into every incident for each client we represent.
Why Do I Need a Defective Products Attorney to Handle My Claim?
Florida’s strict liability doctrine makes it possible for individuals like you to take on a large corporation directly to try and win the compensation you deserve. You do not want to try to do this without experienced legal representation on your side, though. The manufacturer is sure to have a legal team working to deny your claim and prevent you from tarnishing their product and their reputation. You need someone who has the skill and resources to protect your rights and fight for the full payout you need.
We face their corporate lawyers head-on, proving their product has a serious flaw. We tie this flaw to your injuries through your medical records. We use documentation of your damages to negotiate a settlement that offers the maximum compensation available. We also use our team of researchers and experts to find similar cases and claims filed against them. This may be enough proof to request punitive damages or a prompt a product recall if we have to take your case to court.
What Type of Damages Can I Expect to Recover in a Successful Claim?
We first aggressively for the maximum payout possible based on the details of your case. This settlement agreement should compensate you for your financial expenses and losses, future injury-related expenses, and your pain and suffering damages.
To determine a fair settlement value in your case, we collect bills, receipts, and other documentation to calculate your total damages. Your losses may include:
- Medical treatment and related expenses;
- Rehabilitation or therapy costs;
- Ongoing care costs;
- Expenses of future procedures or other necessary care;
- Lost wages;
- Property damage;
- Other related expenses; and
- Emotional damages, including pain and suffering.
While we cannot guarantee you a certain amount of compensation from your claim or civil suit, we can help you understand the range we consider to be a fair settlement. This is the goal of our negotiations: To recover the maximum compensation possible for you based on the facts of your case.
How Can I Talk to a Defective Products Lawyer in Deerfield Beach Today?
The defective products attorneys from the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine are standing by to discuss your case with you today. We offer free case evaluations and will handle all valid claims on a contingency basis. You pay nothing until we reach a settlement or a judge awards you compensation. You can reach us at 800-747-3733.