Florida Product Liability Attorney
Millions of products are recalled every year in the United States due to potentially dangerous defects. Unfortunately, those recalls come too late for many consumers. If you were hurt by a defective product, the personal injury attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert can review your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
- Airbags & Seat Belts
- Auto Defects & Auto Fires
- Door Latches
- Pharmaceutical Products
- Tools, Toys, Gadgets & Machines
Our Florida product liability attorneys have the resources to take on even the largest corporations. We will help you identify all potentially liable parties and gather the evidence needed to prove your claim. Call 305-445-1111 to arrange a free initial consultation.
Defective products or products liability is the area of law whereby the manufacturer, seller, retailer, distributor, supplier and/or any others who make the product available to the public, fail in their obligation in making a product available that is reasonably safe, and results in their being held liable for damages caused by their unsafe product.
Defective products can be the result of a manufacturing defect, a defect in the design itself and/or a failure to warn about a potential danger regarding the product. A manufacturing defect usually occurs in the actual process of manufacturing the product, such as by using low quality materials. A design defect occurs when the design of the product itself is inherently dangerous or defective. A failure to warn defect occurs when a product has risks that are not obvious and could be reduced by the use of warning; these defects would be present regardless of the quality of manufacturing or the design.
Oftentimes, when a product is found to be defective, the manufacturer of the product is required to take it off the market and/or redesign the product.
Defective products or products liability is a vast area of law and can include most any type of tangible products.
The following are examples of potential defective products, all of which Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. handles:
- Automotive defects – This includes any type of automobile defect such as automobile fires, defective door latches, airbags, seat belts and tires. For example, if a seatbelt breaks in an accident, the manufacturer of the seatbelt could be held liable for any injuries sustained as a result of that failure.
- Pharmaceutical products– This includes any medical devices, pacemakers, defibrillators and any drugs or medicine. For example, if a drug causes deadly side effects, the manufacturer may be held liable for the wrongful death.
- Defective toys, gadgets, tools, machines or appliances– For example, if a toy has sharp edges or points, which injure a child, the manufacture may be held liable for the damages sustained by that child.
Defective product cases require a technical and legal understating, and each case has unique aspects that necessitate the use of an experienced Florida defective product attorney. That is why if you or someone you know is injured as a result of a defective product, it is important to make sure to contact an attorney immediately, as you or that person you know may be entitled to compensation.
Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. handles all type of defective product and product liability cases. Jay Halpern has been handling such cases for over 30 years and has the ability to obtain the optimal results for you.
Types of Product Liability Cases Our Lawyers Handle
Nobody expects to be injured while using a product for its intended purpose, but even the most benign goods could have a dangerous defect. The Florida product liability attorneys at HSP know what it takes to obtain successful outcomes in these cases, and we will passionately represent you and your family through every stage of the proceedings.
We handle the following types of defective product claims:
Auto Part Defects: A motor vehicle is a complex machine composed of many interrelated systems—all of which must work properly to ensure a safe ride. Faulty brakes, steering wheels, and other auto part defects can result in devastating collisions.
Tire Defects: It goes without saying that properly working tires are essential for safe driving. A small defect in the tread or tire pressure could be all it takes to cause a devastating accident. At Halpern Santos & Pinkert, we are one of the country’s top law firms for tire-related injury claims.
Seat Belt Defects: In a serious accident, your seat belt could be the difference between life and death, or between suffering a minor injury and a permanent disability. If your seat belt did not work properly and you were severely hurt as a result, you may have grounds for a claim against its manufacturer or another party.
Child Car Seat Defects: Nothing is more tragic than an unexpected injury to a child. If your child was hurt due to a car seat defect, bringing a personal injury claim not only might help you cover the resultant medical costs but also could inspire a recall that saves other children from similar injuries.
Airbag Defects: An airbag that deploys for no reason or that projects shrapnel can result in catastrophic injuries including brain trauma, blindness, and deep lacerations.
Swimming Pool Defects: There are countless factors that cause swimming pool accidents , but many of them involve defectively designed swimming pools, pumps, and drains.
Children’s Toy Defects: The thought of a child being injured by a toy seems unimaginable, but dangerous toys have caused serious and fatal injuries. Our Florida product liability lawyers will help you identify all liable parties and do everything in their power to hold them accountable.
Portable Generator Defects: A negligently labeled or poorly designed generator can cause electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other serious (and potentially fatal) injuries.
Medication Defects: If a medication causes an injury or illness that is not listed as a potential side effect, any victims may have grounds for a claim against the pharmaceutical company that manufactured it.
Medical Equipment Defects: Defective pacemakers, defibrillators, and other medical equipment can result in fatal complications.
Negligent Labeling: Although product defects can usually be traced back to the designer or manufacturer, it is also possible for negligent labeling to result in serious injuries. The product liability lawyers at HSP can review your case to determine if negligent labeling might have contributed to your injuries.
Proving Liability in Defective Product Claims in Florida
To win any personal injury case, evidence must be shown to prove liability and damages. In product liability claims, there are many types of evidence that may be used to prove liability. The most important evidence in your case will depend on the specific cause of the defect and how that defect contributed to your injuries.
For instance, if you were injured in a collision that was caused by a defective auto part, our product liability lawyers will review any evidence you have gathered, assess photos of the crash scene, search for records of similar wrecks involving the same part, and conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the defect. We may also consult auto parts specialists. Other evidence to prove liability might include surveillance footage of the crash, dashcam footage, blueprints and schematics of the part, eyewitness testimony, and expert witness testimony.
Depending on the cause of the defect and your injury, you might have grounds for a claim against one or more of the following parties:
- The manufacturer of the product;
- The designer of the product;
- The seller of the product;
- The distributor of the product;
- The retailer of the product;
- The supplier of the product; and/or
- Another party that played a role in the development or distribution of the product.
You can expect the liable party and/or insurance company to dispute liability. They might contend that another party or your own negligence caused your injury. It is important that you have an experienced product liability lawyer by your side who can foresee potential liability disputes and take steps to strengthen your claim.
From the moment you call our law office to the day your case is resolved, the legal team at Halpern Santos & Pinkert will treat you as if you are our only client. We are well-versed in the laws and procedures that govern product liability claims in Florida, and you can rely on our knowledgeable attorneys to provide exceptional representation through every stage of the claims process.
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If you or a member of your family was hurt by a defective product, contact Halpern Santos & Pinkert to start building your case. Our Florida product liability attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience handling tort claims. Over that time, we have collected more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts for injured parties. Call 305-445-1111 or send us a message online to arrange a free initial consultation.