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How many consumer products did you use yesterday? It’s likely impossible to count them all. From prescription medication to smartphones, we rely on countless products and gadgets each and every day. That’s why the idea of one of these trusted consumer products — items that you may have purchased for yourself or a loved one while shopping on Las Olas Boulevard — hurting or even killing us is so horrifying.
And yet, thousands of injuries and deaths occur each year in our country due to defective products or products with insufficient instructions. Most notably, IKEA recently paid a $50 million settlement and bolstered its “Secure It” program about tip-over risks after its unsecured dressers tipped over and killed three toddlers.
Many of these injuries and deaths can be attributed to negligent business practices. In an effort to cut costs and increase profits, some manufacturers will put out dangerous products that are not sufficiently tested for consumer safety. And while many of these products are recalled before someone is seriously injured, sometimes a person is gravely hurt and even killed before a regulatory agency is able to take the product off the market.
If you or someone you love was hurt by a trusted consumer product, you don’t have to stand for it. Our product liability attorneys have decades of experience handling claims on behalf of consumers who have been hurt by a defective product and holding negligent manufacturers accountable.
Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today to learn how our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale may be able to help you file a product liability claim. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Types of Product Liability Claims
Product liability claims are based upon the nature of the product defect and whether the manufacturer did their due diligence to warn consumers about the proper use of the device. Some common types of claims include:
Defective design: A defect in a poorly designed product, such as a medical device or piece of sport equipment, that could cause injury to whomever purchases the product.
Defective manufacturing: A safely designed product that is defectively manufactured, or produced in a way that makes the final product unsafe. Defective manufacturing may affect only a certain number of a particular product, or could render the entire lot of products dangerous. An example would be when substandard manufacturing makes a chair unstable and prone to breaking, even though it would be perfectly safe if manufactured correctly.
Failure to warn consumers: Some properly designed products can be dangerous if the consumer is not informed about the proper use of the device or product. An example would a powerful medication that is dangerous if consumed incorrectly or furniture that is prone to tipping over without being secured to a wall properly.
What Could I Recover in a Product Liability Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective product, you may be able to recover compensation for your current and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and more. You may also be eligible to earn compensation for pain and suffering. If the product’s defect was severe enough to cause death, your family may be entitled to earn wrongful death damages. In cases where a manufacturer’s behavior was particularly neglectful, punitive damages may be awarded to discourage them and other manufacturers from similar conduct in the future.
If You’ve Been Injured by a Defective Product, We May Be Able to Help
Although past victories don’t guarantee future results, our attorneys have successfully recovered millions for victims hurt by defective products. Our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale will fight to show that your injuries were avoidable and hold the manufacturer responsible for their neglectful conduct. We will also work to prove the extent of your injuries in order to ensure your current and future medical bills are covered.
If you or someone you love was hurt by a consumer product, we may be able to help. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn more about what our product liability attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can do for you.