Deadly Defective Products
Under Florida product liability law, when a defective product injures or kills someone, the manufacturer or seller of that product can be held accountable for the damages. There are many types of products that can be fatal when defective. Product liability claims involving death usually result from defective automobiles or vehicle parts, industrial machines, household products, medical devices, construction equipment, kitchen appliances and pharmaceutical drugs.
If you’ve lost a loved one because of a dangerous or defective product, please remember that you have legal rights. You may be eligible to get financial compensation for damages and significant losses. The experienced Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers at Farah & Farah will fight hard to make sure your legal rights and best interests are protected every step of the way. Call us to find out how we can help you.
Elements of a Florida Product Liability Case
A product liability wrongful death case must involve a dangerous or defective product. A product is deemed “defective” if it was manufactured outside of specifications or was defective in design. In order to have a successful product liability or wrongful death claim, the victim’s family will have to prove that:
- The product was defective in some way.
- The defect resulted in injury or death.
- The product was being used in a reasonable manner at the time of the incident.
- Damages were caused by the defect.
- The victim suffered injuries and sustained losses.
Proving a product was defective is often the most difficult part of the claim process. Some products have a well-documented history of injuries and deaths. You can search online to see if there is currently a class-action suit against the manufacturer or if the product has been recently recalled. Your next step should be to work with an experienced product liability attorney and qualified experts who can prove that the product was dangerous and defective.
Examples of Dangerous Products
Here are a few examples of the most common defective products that can cause a wrongful death:
- Auto parts – Fatal cases each year involve defective seatbelts, airbags, tires, gas tanks, accelerators and child seats.
- Appliances – A range of appliances from coffee makers to dishwashers pose a fire and burn injury hazard.
- Medical devices – Many devices meant to make us better can actually cause harm. Defective pacemakers and defibrillators have proven to be fatal.
- Pharmaceutical drugs – Dangerous drugs are considered defective when they don’t come with adequate warnings, or cause serious side effects that could lead to death.
- Children’s products – Unsafe toys that have sharp edges or are choking hazards can lead to heartbreaking tragedies. Defective cribs can contribute to strangulation deaths.
Seeking Compensation for Wrongful Death in FL
No amount of money can replace the life of a loved one. But, a wrongful death claim related to product liability can provide financial support when a family needs it most. Such claims are filed against a product manufacturer and other liable parties by immediate family members or anyone who was financially dependent on the victim. A wrongful death claim usually seeks compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
If you have lost a loved one because of a defective product, it’s in your best interest to seek the counsel and guidance of a Jacksonville product liability attorney. Call Farah & Farah at 855-797-9899 to schedule a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.