Tampa Defective Products Attorney
An accident injury can change your life forever. It can lead to immense pain and suffering, loss of work due to mobility or functionality issues, and a stack of medical bills. If you live in Tampa and have been injured because of a product defect, the manufacturer can be held liable for damages you have suffered.
The Florida statute of limitations on personal injuries is usually just four years or less. For accidental death, the limit is just two years. Our Tampa defective product attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner will advise you on how to recover the maximum compensation possible for your injury. Our free consultations come at no risk to you, so give us a call at (813) 553-5352 and we can get started on your injury case as soon as possible.
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What to Do If You’ve Been Injured by a Defective Product in Tampa?
Americans buy and use consumer goods at astounding rates. Electronics, appliances, toys, cosmetics, motor vehicles – the range of stuff available to everyone is greater than it’s ever been before. Unfortunately, this increased rate of consumption and production does have its risks. As manufacturers, distributors, and resellers attempt to speed up every point on the supply chain, they may take shortcuts at times. This leads to a lapse in product design safety, manufacturing quality control, or consumer safety precautions.
This means the consumer assumes more risk when using a product, even when using it exactly as intended.
According to Florida law, if you’re injured while using a product as it’s intended because the product was “unreasonably dangerous,” manufacturers are almost always to blame. The product doesn’t always need to malfunction, either. You may have sustained an injury while using a product due to improper safety labels or inadequate warnings related to the inherent risks of using the product.
If you were injured in Tampa, the first thing you should do is see a doctor to diagnose the extent of your injuries. A medical professional should also be able to provide you with a prognosis or treatment plan.
While following the recovery routine set forth by your doctor, contact a Tampa defective product attorney. An experienced injury lawyer will be able to pinpoint all avenues of financial compensation available to you and help you get a settlement that fully covers your damages.
What Damages are Covered in a Florida Defective Product Case?
In Florida, a variety of damages to be claimed in a defective product injury case, such as:
- Lost wages, past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Medical and therapy bills
- Emotional and mental anguish
- Wrongful death of a loved one
These damages can come from a variety of product defects, which will fall into one of the following categories:
Poor engineering or product design resulting in an increased chance of injury for the user of the product. For example, safety goggles that are designed to protect a user’s eyes but fail in action.
Shoddy manufacturing processes causing a defect or danger in the resulting products. An example would be an electronic product that uses cheap insulation for wires, resulting in a final product that causes fires.
This involves improper safety or warning labels as well as instructions that are unclear and lead to injury. For example, a kitchen mixer that does not include a warning about the dangers of having fingers or hands in the machine while it’s turned on.
Claiming Damages in a Tampa Product Defect Case
Unlike many personal injury cases, a case against a manufacturer does not need to necessarily prove they did anything reckless, negligent, or illegal. Florida’s strict liability laws put the onus on the manufacturer by default, meaning an injury suffered during proper operation of an “unreasonably dangerous” product should be paid for by the manufacturer.
Often, multiple plaintiffs come together to file a claim against a manufacturer for product defects. In the right circumstances, the cases can be joined together in a class-action lawsuit. If this is an option, it’s important to speak to a defective product attorney in case your injuries exceed others in the class action case.
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