Florida Product Liability Attorneys
From the coffee maker we use in the morning, to the television that lulls us to sleep at night, products pervade our lives. And we rely on them: medical devices to heal and protect us; toys to entertain our children; microwave ovens to cook our food.
But we don’t just count on products to do their job – we count on them to do it safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. And the results of faulty, unsafe products can be devastating. Serious injuries, and even death, happen all too frequently.
$5 million – Defective Product – An award for a 45-year old who was paralyzed from the mid-thighs down as a consequence of a faulty part on a cherry picker type machine. The defect caused the bucket to separate from the boom and could have easily been fixed with inexpensive parts.
We Fight for the Rights of Individuals Affected by Defective Products
When a defective product causes harm, it’s not an accident – it’s negligence. Product designers, manufacturers, vendors – each can contribute, or outright cause, a product-related injury. Battling this kind of negligence – and fighting for the rights of those who have been injured by it – has been a big part of our practice since we opened our doors five decades ago. In that time, we’ve successfully represented clients in complex product liability suits – and we’ve shown that the legal system can work when products fail. We’ve made defendants compensate their victims – and take responsibility for their actions, and inactions. Our aggressive, persistent advocacy sends them the message that sub-standard safety won’t be tolerated.
We Take on Large Corporations
Our most prominent cases have involved defective automobile design, tire recalls, unsafe industrial machinery, and dangerous pharmaceuticals. But we’ve handled many other kinds of products. Most cases have one element in common: the defendant is typically a large corporation, with the financial and legal assets to draw out a case, and make recovery a challenge. While other firms are quickly outgunned, we have the resources to see each case we take on through the trial or negotiation it warrants – no matter how long or difficult the road. More importantly, we want to go the distance. We see the results of defective products everyday. And it’s a picture that has to change. Defective products change lives. But we can change them, too.
Auto accident/products liability/rollover: $10 million
Our team was pleased to help the parents of a 19-year-old college student tragically killed in a vehicle rollover accident win a $10 million jury verdict. While driving home from college, the Florida State University student swerved to avoid a car that had come into her lane. Unfortunately the student’s 1995 Kia Sportage sports utility vehicle flipped over six times. The victim, who was wearing her seat belt, died of head injuries. The jury agreed with plaintiffs that the Kia Sportage was negligently designed. Indeed, the jury found that several design defects contributed to the co-ed’s death, including instability, roof collapse, and a faulty windshield that popped out during the rollover.
What kind of defects can trigger a product liability suit?
There are various ways product liability suits are triggered: A product might be designed so that it is inherently unsafe. It might be negligently manufactured, creating a potential hazard. The product may not carry warnings of any danger it presents. Depending on the circumstances, one or more parties – designer, manufacturer, distributor – could be held liable for a resulting injury.
What can you recover with a Product Liability case?
When a defective product does not cause injury, users may be able to recover the cost of the product. But when an injury does occur, the recovery, as you would imagine, can be far more significant, and include compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and – in particularly egregious cases – punitive damages.
How do I know if I have a case?
The best, and certainly the most accurate, way of knowing whether you have a valid product liability case is to consult with an attorney experienced in this area. They handle such cases regularly, and can quickly tell whether a case can be brought – and what strategies may be most effective. At Babbitt & Johnson P.A., we’ve been taking on these cases for decades – and obtaining quick and fair results for our clients. We encourage you to contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Contact Our Product Liability Law Firm
If you have been injured because of a defective product, contact the West Palm Beach FL attorneys at Babbitt & Johnson P.A. for a free case evaluation.