Fatalities Caused by Defective Products
Florida residents are consumers, buying billions of dollars’ worth of goods and products every year. Customers expect that when they spend their hard-earned money on products in stores, that these products have been tested for safety and efficiency. Unfortunately, each year hundreds of people are seriously injured or killed by defective products. If you lose a loved one due to a defective product, you do have a right under Florida law to seek compensation in cases where the defect was caused by negligence or recklessness on the part of retailers, manufacturers, or product designers.
When it comes to defective product claims in Miami and South Florida, information is key. Understanding the laws and rights you have in this type of situation is important when you make a decision about what to do next. The Flaxman Law Group legal team is always available to help you understand your rights and options. The Flaxman Law Group legal staff has more than 25 years of experience with wrongful death and personal injury claims in Miami and South Florida. The sensitive, caring legal staff can help you understand your options and can discuss the questions you may have after your loss.Causes of Defective Product Cases in Miami and South Florida
Defective products may be defective for three main reasons:
1) Incorrect labeling or marketing. Products are meant to be labeled with information about any potential hazards of the item. In addition, instructions for the product should outline its safe and effective use. When instructions and labels are insufficient for customers, and these insufficient instructions lead to an injury or fatality, plaintiffs can file a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim.
2) Design defects. In some cases, manufacturers create an unsafe product at the design level. For example, toy designers may create toys that have small removable parts that pose a choking hazard and cause fatal injuries to minors and children. Toys may also be designed with sharp edges that lead to injuries. Sports equipment may be designed inefficiently and may not function correctly, leading to head injuries in Miami and South Florida as well as other types of injuries. In all of these cases, a legal claim can result if the design flaw leads to injuries or fatalities.
3) Manufacturing defects. In some cases, a product is designed safely and effectively, but during the manufacturing process errors are made or negligent manufacturing processes result in a defective product. This is especially a concern today, when the manufacturing process is often outsourced overseas, where companies have less control over how their product is manufactured. When manufacturing defects lead to serious injuries and fatalities, injured victims and bereaved families can seek compensation for their losses.
If you think you may have a wrongful death or product defect lawsuit in Miami or South Florida, you will want to consult with a personal injury attorney right away in order to safeguard your rights. You can always contact the Flaxman Law Group legal team to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney. In some cases, the legal staff at the Flaxman Law Group legal team can also give you advice and recommendations over the phone.