When you buy and use a product, you have the right to expect the product is reasonably safe and you have the right to expect that you’ve been warned of any potential dangers. Unfortunately, manufacturers and sellers sometime put products on the market that are dangerous. Dangerous products of every type, from cars that roll over to tires that malfunction to MP3 players that start on fire, have been released on the market and have created a potential risk to consumers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any way by a defective product or if a dangerous product has resulted in death, the manufacturer may be held accountable. The experienced Fort Myers defective products lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can represent you in bringing a claim against the manufacturer, distributor or sellers of the product so you can pursue the compensation you deserve.
Defective product claims are handled under a body of law called “product liability law.” These types of claims are different than standard personal injury claims like the type you’d bring after a car accident or after medical malpractice. They key difference is that a legal rule called “strict liability” applies.
Strict liability means that a manufacturer or distributor or retailer is always going to be held legally responsible for selling a dangerous product, whether the manufacturer was negligent in the creation or sale of the product or not. This means that to recover damages, you only have to show:
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we can represent you and help you prove these elements of a defective product claim. With the right evidence that the product caused you to suffer harm, you may be able to recover damages for your medical costs associated with the injuries you suffered. You will also be compensated in the event that the defective product necessitated that you miss work or take vacation time, and if the injuries you sustained result in a lowering of your earning potential in the future, you’ll be compensated for that as well. Finally, the person or company responsible for the defective product is also going to be expected to pay you damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress, among other costs.
If you’ve suffered injury as a result of a defective product, your ability to recover damages is going to vary depending on the extent of the harm that you suffered. The more serious your injuries, the more medical care required and the greater the impact on your earning potential and quality of life, the more you can potentially recover in damages.
In product liability cases, it is important to realize that there may be multiple potential parties who are responsible for the harm you suffered. For example, if one particular part of a product was defective, you may be able to sue the manufacturer of that part and the manufacturer of the product as a whole. You may also be able to take legal action against the distributor, the retailer or anyone else who was responsible for getting the dangerous product into your hands. Because you may be able to make a claim against multiple parties, you may have a broader base of defendants who can pay damages.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we will assist you in deciding who to take legal action against. We’ll help you to build your case and try to negotiate a settlement or go to court. We will assist you with every step of your product liability claim and our Fort Myers defective product lawyers won’t charge any legal fees unless we are successful in winning your case.
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