Brandon Defective Product Lawyers
State and federal regulations help prevent dangerous products from reaching and harming consumers, but they cannot stop all dangerous items from making their way into the market. Unfortunately, thousands upon thousands of Americans are, in fact, seriously injured each year because of dangerous defective products. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable, but people of all ages are susceptible to injuries from defective products in their homes, in their yards and on the roadways.
People who are injured should seek immediate medical attention and hopefully get the care they need to recover. As soon as possible, it is also important to talk with an experienced Brandon product liability lawyer about what happened. You may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable with a product liability lawsuit and get compensated for the injury, pain, suffering and associated losses.
The accomplished Brandon product liability attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA have helped numerous victims of defective product accidents throughout Florida. We want to hear about your injury and put our experience, knowledge and skill to work helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Injuries from Defective Products
Many kinds of injuries can occur because of defective products. Some are relatively minor, but many are life-threatening. The most common injuries include:
- Head injuries – Victims of defective ladder, equipment and machinery accidents often sustain head injuries.
- Burn injuries – Defective electrical appliances and faulty wiring can be very dangerous, causing fires or explosions and burning people who are close to them.
- Choking – When young children put small parts from broken toys in their mouths, internal injuries and death can occur.
- Broken bones – When a product, such as a ladder or exercise equipment unexpectedly breaks, it can lead to broken bones for the victim.
- Organ injuries – Defective pharmaceutical products can cause serious injuries to internal organs, including lung damage, brain damage, liver and kidney failure and cardiac arrest.
- Death – Defective automobile parts, such as tires, brakes and fuel tanks, can lead to a fatal accident.
Liability for a Defective Product Accident Injury in Florida
Under Florida law, anyone in the “chain of distribution” of a product can potentially be held liable for injuries caused by a defective product. This includes:
- The product designer
- The product manufacturer
- The manufacturer of component parts used in the product
- The assembler or installer
- The wholesaler
- The distributor
- The retailer
Types of Product Defects in Florida Product Liability Cases
Under Florida law, it is not necessary to prove negligence on the part of anyone in the chain of distribution in order to recover damages in a product liability lawsuit, since Florida uses a “strict liability” standard in these cases. In accordance with this standard, an injured party must show they were injured by the product, that the product was used as intended, and that it was defective in one of the following ways:
- Design defect – A design defect is one that is literally built into the design of the product. Often referred to as “intentional defects,” design defects are part of the original design of the product; however, that does not indicate that the designer intended the product to be faulty. Since this kind of defect is found within the product design itself, all of the products manufactured with the design will have the defect.
- Manufacturing defect – A manufacturing defect is one that is introduced into the product during the manufacturing process. The product began with a safe design; however, the manufacturing defect caused it to become a defective product. Since the defect is introduced during the manufacturing phase, not during the design phase, only those products manufactured at the same time and same location will exhibit the defect.
- Failure to warn defect – A failure to warn defect occurs in products that cannot be made entirely safe because of the nature of the product itself. In these cases, the law imposes a duty to warn consumers of the product’s dangers. Products such as electrical tools, household cleaning products, and heavy furniture, for example, must have a warning label to alert consumers to potential dangers. If a warning is not adequate or not included, a “failure to warn” defect exists.
Compensation for a Defective Product Injury
A product liability lawsuit can help you obtain compensation for a defective product injury. The experienced Brandon product liability lawyers at Dennis Hernandez & Associates can help ensure your success in showing that the product had a design, manufacturing, or failure to warn defect, that you used the product as intended and that you suffered actual damages from using the product as intended.
In addition to the direct, out of pocket medical expenses incurred as a result of your injuries, you may also be entitled to compensation for:
- Future medical expenses related to the injury, including medications, doctor visits, diagnostic tests, transportation to healthcare facilities, hospital care, surgery and rehabilitative care.
- The emotional strain, pain, and suffering you experienced because of the injury.
- Wages lost due to time off work because of the defective product injury.
- Diminished earning potential.
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law.
- If you are a surviving family member of someone who was fatally injured because of a defective product, you may also be entitled to compensation for your loss.
Experienced Brandon Product Liability Attorneys Can Help
If you or a family member has been injured by a defective product, or if you lost a loved one because of a defective product injury, please contact the experienced Brandon product liability attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
Our product liability lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of dangerous defective products get the justice and compensation they deserve for their injuries. We will collect the evidence necessary to show the defective product caused your injuries and will negotiate aggressively with insurance companies and defendants’ attorneys on your behalf. We will build a strong case for your right to substantial compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Unlike some Florida personal injury lawyers, we will not settle quickly out of court to avoid going to trial. We won’t back down in our fight for justice. We will negotiate aggressively and, if needed, put our trial experience to work fighting in court for the compensation you deserve. Working with us means you will be guided and supported throughout the entire legal process.
Call us at 855-LAW-DENNIS or fill in the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on our website to get started on your case.