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Product Liability

Dangerous and defective products are the cause of thousands of injuries every year. In fact, consumer products are linked to an average of 28,200 fatalities per year. The legal rules concerning product liability are different from ordinary personal injury.

It is sometimes easier for a person injured by a particular product to recover damages as there may be other parties, unknown to you, that are responsible for these dangerous products. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, contact the Law Offices of Schwartz and Zonas. It does not matter what the defective product is, such as: car seats, a high-chairs, tractors, lawn mowers, elevators, cranes, automobiles, treadmills, or other appliances. Do not hesitate to call us today for a free case evaluation. You have the right to be safe – let our firm help you recover. The Law Offices of Schwartz and Zonas are dedicated to helping people throughout Florida.

What Is Product Liability?

A dangerous or defective product is one that causes physical injury or illness to a person as a result of a defect in the design of the product, a manufacturing defect, or improper labeling. Responsibility for a product defect lies with all of the sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. When you have been injured by a defective or dangerous product, liable parties may include:

  • The manufacturer
  • The manufacturer of component parts
  • The wholesaler
  • The retail store that sold to the product.

In general, a product must meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has a dangerous quality without proper warnings or labels, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. Products with such defects that cause harm to a consumer or someone to whom the product was loaned or given are the subjects of product liability lawsuits. While products are usually considered as tangible personal property, product liability includes intangibles (gas), naturals (pets), real estate (house), and writings (navigational charts).

Defective Products

Under theories of liability, a Plaintiff in a product liability case must prove that the injuries sustained were the result of a product defect, and that the defect made the product unreasonably dangerous. There are three types of defects that might cause injury and give rise to manufacturer or supplier liability:

  • Design defects
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Marketing defects

Design defects are present in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured, in that something in the design of the product is inherently unsafe. Manufacturing defects are those that occur in the course of a product's manufacture or assembly. Finally, marketing defects are flaws in the way a product is marketed, such as improper labeling, insufficient instructions, or inadequate safety warnings.

Our experienced attorneys of the Law Offices of Schwartz and Zonas may be able to recover a settlement for you or your loved ones. For a free evaluation of your claim, contact the Law Offices of Schwartz and Zonas today.

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