Defective Products Lawyers South Florida
Attorneys Zealously Advocate for Clients Injured by Defective Products in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Throughout South Florida
Upon purchasing or using a product or equipment, we all have an expectation that the item will be safe for its intended use. Unfortunately, defective products cause injuries on a regular basis, despite the robust safety regulations that apply to product manufacturers in Florida and throughout the country. Defective products can cause injuries for a number of reasons, including because of actual design defects, misrepresentation of the product’s intended use, or failure to provide effective safety warnings.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of a defective product, contact an experienced South Florida defective products lawyer at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. to discuss your options today. Cases involving defective products can be more complicated than other types of personal injury cases, primarily because they tend to involve large corporations and it can be difficult to determine exactly which party was responsible for the defect. As in any other case involving multiple parties, each party may attempt to blame the others in order to escape liability, making the support of a skilled defective products lawyer especially valuable.
Product Manufacturers Are Strictly Liable for Defective Products in Florida
Our South Florida attorneys have experience successfully representing clients in cases involving many different types of defective products, including defective:
- Medical devices
- Motor vehicles
- Child safety seats
Regardless of the product that is involved, in a defective products case based upon a strict liability theory of liability, the defect itself is sufficient to prove that the party is liable for injuries sustained as a result of that defect. Establishing negligence is usually unnecessary in these cases, so long as our attorneys can clearly show that the product was defective enough to cause injury. Several potential avenues for recovery may exist, depending upon the facts of the specific case, including:
- Design defects: A design defect case may be brought against the manufacturer, and it generally alleges that the product is unreasonably dangerous when used by the consumer in its intended manner.
- Manufacturing defects: Manufacturing defects cases allege that the product was properly designed, but that it was put together incorrectly or improperly so as to be unreasonably dangerous.
- Failure to warn: A failure to warn case is often brought against a marketing company, although other parties may also be found liable. This theory alleges that the product itself was properly designed and manufactured, but that it was not accompanied by proper warning labels.
Why Choose Attorneys Gonzalez & Cartwright to Advocate on Your Behalf if You Have Been Injured by a Defective Product?
Pursuing compensation for injuries sustained as a result of defective products requires a skilled attorney who is experienced in product liability cases. Defective products cases generally require negotiations and confrontation with major companies, as well as the teams of defense attorneys that the manufacturer will employ to escape liability. In many defective products cases, our attorneys will locate and retain expert witnesses who can provide testimonial evidence that the relevant product was defective or that the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings as to the intended uses and potential safety hazards involved with the product.
Florida law limits the injured party’s recovery of punitive damages—those designed to punish the responsible party—to $500,000 or three times the compensatory, economic damages that were awarded for actual expenses incurred as a result of the injury. Our attorneys may be able to argue that this cap does not apply in cases where the responsible party so egregiously disregarded the safety of the public that additional punitive damages are justified.
Contact an Aggressive and Trustworthy Personal Injury Attorney to Discuss Your Defective Products Case Today
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our South Florida attorneys are dedicated to maximizing the amount of compensation available in your product liability case. We provide personal attention to each of our clients, and your attorney will keep you apprised of the progress of your case every step of the way. We are proud to offer a fully bilingual office, as well as excellent legal representation regardless of our clients’ immigration status. Contact our offices at 561-533-0345, or toll-free at 888-888-3903, to schedule an appointment today. Your initial consultation is free of charge, and we are able to schedule weekend and evening appointments for your convenience. We have our main office located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, as well as an office in Pompano Beach, Florida.
FAQ: What type of evidence is necessary to show that I was injured because of a defective product?
In general, the injured party must show that the product caused the injury, that the product was defective, and that the defect existed at the time of purchase. It is also necessary to show that your injury was caused by the defect in the product, rather than because of some other aspect of the product.
FAQ: I was injured by a defective product, but I was not actually using the product at the time of the accident—I was simply standing nearby. Can I bring a lawsuit based on the defective product?
You may be entitled to recover compensation even though you were not actually using the product in question. Manufacturers can be held liable for unreasonably dangerous products with respect to the user or to anyone in the area when the product is in use. It is not necessary that the manufacturer knew that you would be nearby when the product was in use, so long as the defect in the product caused your injury.