Product Liability and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
December 30, 2019
Product Liability Overview
Did you know that the wildly popular Coca-Cola soda originally got its name from the cocaine they used to flavor their drinks?
It may come as a surprise, but many of the products we’ve come to know and love were not always as safe as they are now. Many of these products have even caused injuries to unsuspecting customers.
At their worst, defective and dangerous products can cause deaths. When someone dies from an unsafe product, the victim’s family has legal recourse. Learn everything you need to know about wrongful death lawsuits below.
Dangerous Products and Legal Liability
If you create a product to sell on the market, then it’s your responsibility to ensure that the product is safe for consumer use. Any dangers should be clearly outlined on a warning label. Consumers never expect to purchase a product and then get injured while using or consuming it, and warning labels reduce the likelihood of injury.
If a product causes injury or death, then the legal and financial liability will often fall on the company who created the product and put it on the market. There will be questions, though, like was the product used as intended? What caused the fatality – a defect or a dangerous product?
This legal concept is called product liability. If a company was negligent, then they’ll be held liable. If the company took steps to prevent the injury, then your case will be more complicated.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits: What You Need to Know
If you can prove the company was negligent, then you’ll be awarded compensation for your wrongful death claim. Here’s an overview of the types of damages you can claim:
- Costs of medical treatment prior to death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of the deceased one’s income
- Loss of care and guidance
- Loss of love and companionship
- The value of the person’s services they would’ve provided
No amount of money can compensate for the loss of life, but these funds will help you and your family move forward.
Looking for Legal Representation
After the loss of a loved one, your emotions are all over the place. It takes time to discern what happened, accept it, and mourn your loss. Unfortunately, there is a time limit for seeking out damages after a product-related accident.
A wrongful death attorney can help take care of you and your family through this difficult time. They’ll handle the legal aspects of seeking the funds you’re entitled to while you take the time you need to grieve.
Contact a Lake Worth Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Product Liability or Wrongful Death Case in Florida
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a defective product in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. represent clients injured because of defective products in Lake Worth, Pompano Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and throughout Florida. Call 561-898-0497 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, as well as offices in Pompano Beach.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.