Product Liability Lawyers in Coral Springs
Protecting the Rights of Those Injured by Defective Products
We are attorneys located in Coral Springs who handle defective product
cases resulting in serious injury or death throughout the state of Florida.
A product may be defective by design, manufacturing, or for failing to
warn of certain dangers, which may also be known as marketing defects.
When a product has a flaw in the design, the manufacture, or in the adequacy
of the warnings, the entire product line may be dangerous and can potentially
injure the consumers that purchased the product. Design defects can happen
with anything ranging from vehicles to medical devices, such as hip or
knee replacement parts. When there are vehicle design mistakes, there
is a greater risk of being involved in an accident. Common vehicle errors
include problems with brakes, defective air bag designs, and defective
seat belt design to name a few. Lawnmowers, power saws, boats, chairs,
trampolines, and numerous other products can be dangerous and may constitute
a defective product as well.
Types of Product Liability Cases
A product that is defectively manufactured does not follow the manufacturer’s
specifications and does not match the rest of the product line. Manufacturers
of dangerous products may be liable for injuries and, if their conduct
in producing the dangerous product was reckless, may also be liable for
punitive damages. We handle cases against automobile manufacturers and
manufacturers of all types of dangerous and defective products.
Another type of product liability case involves marketing defects, which
can include improper labeling, lack of instructions or vague instructions,
and failure to warn about the product’s dangers, which is common
amongst medications. For example, we previously represented victims that
suffered from rhabdomyolsis, a severe muscle disorder that was due to
using a defective drug that was recalled, known as Baycol® (manufactured
at the time by Bayer).
Warning labels should be clearly visible and should be placed closest to
the area where a hazard is present (if applicable). According to the American
National Standard Institute (ANSI), safety labels should indicate the
level of hazard. ANSI has designated 3 main
signal words which are meant to indicate the level of hazard of a product.
The most serious of the 3 is danger, which is coded with the color red
and stands for a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, will result
in serious injury or death. Following danger is warning — warning
labels appear in orange and signal a potentially hazardous situation that
could result in serious injury or death if not avoided. The last of the
3 is caution labels, which appear in yellow indicating a potentially hazardous
situation that could end up in minor or moderate injuries.
Auto Product Liability
While a large number of Florida
auto accidents occur as a result of driver negligence from speeding, driver distraction,
or drunk driving, many car accidents also happen as a result of defective
vehicles. Vehicle defects can range from gas pedal problems and brake
failure to defective seatbelt designs. These defects can lead to serious
injuries for the victims involved in auto accidents resulting from the
defects. The manufacturers of defective vehicles may be held accountable
for injuries in a defective auto accident case.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective vehicle,
contact an experienced Coral Springs defective products lawyer immediately to
discuss your case.
Defective Vehicle Manufacture
Car manufacturers have a legal duty to design safe vehicles for consumers.
However, defects during the vehicle assembly process can sometimes occur,
whether by a person or a machine in the assembly line. These vehicle manufacturing
errors can lead to serious auto accidents, increased injuries during an
auto accident, and personal injury lawsuits.
Defective Vehicle Design
Consumers expect that vehicle manufacturers adhere to the safety standards
and regulations set by the Department of Transportation and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, errors can occur during
the vehicle design process, affecting the safety of the vehicles that
we, the consumers, are counting on to protect us. This kind of manufacturer’s
negligence puts defective and dangerous vehicles on the roads, which can
lead to serious car accident injuries. Vehicle manufacturers typically
issue recalls to fix the design defects on affected car models, as in
the case with Toyota’s design defect involving gas pedals sticking
to floor mats, but often not until after consumers get injured from the defects.
Some common design defects include brake failure, defective seatbelt design,
defective tires, defective airbag design, and a bad steering or suspension system.
Experienced Coral Springs Defective Product Lawyers
There are limitations to obtaining compensation for injuries that resulted
from a defective product. For instance, if you were aware that the product
was defective and chose to use it anyway, this can potentially harm your
injury case. In addition, every state has a different statute of limitations,
which is a restriction of time that you are allowed to pursue a legal claim.
Also, in order to potentially find negligence and to pursue a product liability
case, the product must be considered dangerous; the defect of the product
must have caused an injury while it was being used correctly, and the
product should not have been changed substantially from the way it was sold.
Product liability cases involve very complicated legal processes, and you
should therefore seek the help of an experienced product liability attorney
in Coral Springs. If you or a family member has been injured due to defective
design or manufacture, it is important to contact a defective products
lawyer who has experience handling dangerous products and defective vehicle
cases. Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. has over 35 years of experience
helping people who have been injured as a result of the negligence of
manufacturers or others.
Call us today at
(954) 833-1440 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case or fill out our
free case evaluation form.