Understanding Product Liability Lawsuits
The Miami Herald reported recently that roughly 95,000 fitness bands have been recalled after they reportedly caused contusions and cuts that represent a product injury hazard. The bands, which are SPRI Ultra Heavy Resistance Bands manufactured by Fit for Life, are accused of having rubber resistance bands that can separate from the handle and strike consumers. Fit for Life has knowledge of ten such incidents as well as six in which it has been confirmed that consumers received contusions, abrasions and lacerations according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice.
What is a Product Liability Lawsuit?
Product liability lawsuits can encompass any situation where a faulty or unsafe product leads to someone becoming injured or even killed. These lawsuits typically fall into one of these three categories which are:
- Design Defects – these kinds of claims arise when the product, as designed, contains a defect such that even when manufactured flawlessly, the product still presents a danger to consumers.
- Manufacturing Defects – these kinds of claims can arise when there is a flawless design, but the product that left the manufacturing facility deviated from the design to the point that it is dangerous to consumers.
- Failure to Warn – these claims arise when the product is appropriately designed and manufactured, but is subsequently not marketed with appropriate warnings and/or instructions, rendering it unreasonably dangerous to consumers
What Else Should Be Understood About Product Liability Lawsuits?
Products liability lawsuits can be one of the most confusing areas of law because it is almost never immediately clear who is responsible for your injuries. Because of this, these kinds of lawsuits can be long and complicated as those responsible for various parts of the product manufacturing and distribution process try to shift the blame between one another. Obtaining the help of an experienced products liability attorney early on can help you more quickly determine who should be held responsible and ensure you maximize the compensation you are entitled to.
Additionally, this can help you ensure that you comply with all the time requirements stipulated by Florida law. For example, while an injured party typically has up to four years to bring a claim for a product liability lawsuit, the time allotted to bring a claim for wrongful death if the product has caused a fatal injury is only two years.
Have You Suffered From a Product-Related Injury?
Most of the time, the products we use operate in the capacity in which they were intended. However, when things go wrong and you or a loved one is injured, you have every right to hold the responsible parties accountable. If you or a loved one has incurred a product-related injury, the Miami product liability attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm may be able to help. We can help you determine exactly where in the chain of the product’s manufacturing that the defect occurred and figure out which party is to blame. Additionally, we can help you recover the compensation that you deserve while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the West Palm Beach, Ocala, Tampa, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Daytona Beach areas.