Each year, millions of products are released into the market that later turn out to be defective. In 2013 alone, 22 million vehicles were recalled because of problems ranging from air bags unexpectedly deploying to an increased risk of fire in rear-impact crashes.
Cars are not the only types of products that can be subject to a recall. Almost any items that you use or consume, from children’s toys to drugs and medical devices, could potentially cause you harm if there is a design defect or unexpected risk. When manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) discover a hazardous product, a recall action is initiated to remove that item from the market.
Unfortunately, many products are not recalled until after they have already caused injury. Product manufacturers and distributors can be held responsible for the harm that their products cause, and Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help victims take legal action. Call today to schedule a free case evaluation and get answers to questions like:
If you are injured by a defective product, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible for that item. This can include the manufacturer of defective parts or of the product as a whole. You can also make a claim against distributors, wholesalers or resellers responsible for putting the defective product on the shelves.
There are many legal arguments you can make to hold the product manufacturer or distributor responsible for the harm you experienced. Your case could be based on:
Your attorney will assist you in deciding on the best legal arguments and can make the most compelling case so you maximize your chances of recovering compensation.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facilitates recalls of dangerous drugs, medical devices and consumable products. According to Subchapter 7.1 of the Investigators Operators Manual, “a recall is a firm’s removal or correction of a marketed product the FDA considers to be in violation of the laws it administers.”
Other government agencies may oversee recalls of products such as defective vehicles, child safety seats, toys or high-chairs:
When a recall occurs, it may be initiated or ordered by a government agency. A manufacturer may voluntarily remove a product from the marketplace as well.
A recall may occur so a defect in the product can be corrected, which means consumers are sent notification of a need for repair and are asked to take their product in for free service. General Motors, for example, recalled millions of vehicles in 2014 to repair a faulty ignition switch. A recall can also result in consumers being told to discontinue the use of a dangerous item, or can provide more information on how to use an item safely.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our attorneys represent clients in a variety of cases including:
Studies or other evidence prompting the recall can not only cause Floridians to realize they were hurt and take legal action, but can also be used in a defective product case against the manufacturer.
Steinger & Iscoe & Greene is here to help if you or a loved one was harmed by a product that has been subject to a recall. Call today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced lawyer.