How do products become defective?
Faulty products are not uncommon. Thousands of products are recalled each year across the United States, and there are many others that are defective but do not face recall. In general, there are three ways that products become defective and cause harm to consumers:
- Flawed design. Nearly every product is tested before it is released to consumers (and in some cases approved by regulatory agencies). However, there are times when a product’s faulty design is not discovered until after it reaches the hands of consumers.
- Manufacturing error. In some cases, a well-designed product will experience a manufacturing error that alters it from its original design, rendering it harmful for consumers. Many products undergo various stages of manufacturing, and mistakes can occur at any stage.
- Label/advertising mistake. Consumers rely on advertising and the product’s label for information such as ingredients, dosages, nutrition facts, instructions on usage, warnings, side effects, and more. If an error has been made on a product label, or if a product’s advertising is misleading, this can cause serious consumer injuries.
What kinds of products become defective?
There are many products that we use each day, and the reality is that any of them could be defective due to the reasons mentioned above. Some of the most commonly recalled products include the following:
- Vehicles or automotive parts
- Children’s toys
- Kitchen appliances
- Cleaning products
- Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
- Foods and beverages
- Power tools
- E-cigarettes and vaping devices
- Car seats for children
- Cribs and strollers
This is certainly not a complete list of all the products that can become defective. Anytime a product does not work as advertised, consumers could be in danger of sustaining serious injuries or illnesses.
Most common Tampa product liability injuries
Tampa product liability attorney Paul Rebein understands that defective products can lead to serious injuries for victims. Some of the most common injuries caused by a defective product include:
- Choking injuries (particularly in children)
- Severe burns
- Puncture wounds or lacerations
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Amputation injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage or failure
- Various cancers due to chemical contamination
- Severe allergic reactions
Due to the wide range of products that most consumers use on a daily basis, just about any traumatic injury or internal illness can occur due to a flawed product.
What kind of compensation is available for a Tampa product liability case?
If you or somebody you love has been harmed by a faulty product, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. Tampa product liability attorney Paul Rebein has regularly helped clients recover the following types of compensation in these cases:
- Coverage of all medical bills caused by the defective product
- Lost income if a victim is unable to work while they recover
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent company or manufacturer
Timeline to file a product liability claim in Tampa
Each state is responsible for setting a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, for product liability claims. In Florida, the product liability statute of limitations is four years from the date the injury occurred. Those who have been harmed due to a defective product have a four-year window with which to file a claim against an alleged negligent company or manufacturer. Failing to do so within this time frame will likely result in a victim being unable to recover any compensation for their loss.
Product liability cases also have a separate timeline to contend with. Florida also places a statute of repose of 12 years on these cases. This means that injured victims will not be able to file a product liability lawsuit within 12 years after the delivery of that product to its first purchaser. This typically means that no product liability claim can be filed beyond 12 years after the product is initially released to the public for consumption or use regardless of when the product causes harm to a consumer.
How will an attorney help this case?
Unfortunately, most people who are injured due to a defective product will not have the resources necessary to conduct a full investigation in order to secure the compensation they deserve. However, Tampa product liability lawyer Paul Rebein will be able to:
- Obtain all evidence necessary to prove liability, including photo or video surveillance, a history of the product and company involved, accident reports, and more.
- Work with trusted medical professionals and product experts in order to determine what happened and the extent of the client’s injuries.
- Negotiate with every party involved in order to secure full compensation for the client.
- Prepare the case to go to trial if the insurance carriers or legal teams refuse to provide a fair settlement.
Contact a Tampa product liability lawyer today
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury caused by a defective product, you need to seek assistance from an attorney as soon as possible. These cases can become incredibly complicated, but Attorney Paul Rebein has the resources and legal experience necessary to conduct a full investigation into the incident. You deserve to receive fair compensation for your injuries, so reach out to our Tampa product liability lawyer for a free consultation of your case today.