Defective Products Lawyer

Products that reach consumers in a defective state are responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths every year in this country, alone. These products may not only injure the persons who buy and use them but also those who are exposed to them while someone else is using them. When someone is injured or killed as a result of a product defect, certain parties involved in the production of the defective product and its release to the public may be held liable for damages suffered by an injured victim or deceased victim’s family as a result.

The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, defective products lawyers have extensive experience with defective products cases. If you were injured or one of your family members was killed in an accident of any kind and you suspect that your injuries or family member’s death was caused by a product defect, you may be entitled to compensation through legal action. Contact The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach defective products lawyers at 561-835-9898 for a cost-free evaluation of your case and additional information about your legal rights and options.

Legal Liability for Injuries and Deaths Caused by Defective Products

A person who has been injured as a result of a product defect may be able to recover damages from the product’s manufacturer and others through the institution of a product liability action. Though product liability actions may be brought as negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty cases, product liability actions seeking compensation for a victim’s personal injury or death are generally brought as strict liability actions.

Unlike negligence actions, strict liability actions for defective products injuries allow a plaintiff to establish the defendants’ liability for a victim’s injury or death without having to prove that any of the defendants was negligent in either producing the defective product or in releasing it to the market. The plaintiff need only establish that the product was defective at the time the victim’s injury or death occurred, that the defect was a cause of the victim’s injury or death, that the product was being used as it was intended to be used at the time of the victim’s accident, and that the plaintiff suffered legally compensable damages as a result of the victim’s injury or death.

The types of defects that allow for such recovery include defects that occur at the design or manufacturing stage of a product’s production or as a result of the failure to warn of certain dangers associated with the product’s use. The defendants that may be held liable in a strict liability action for a victim’s injury or death include the designer, manufacturer, supplier, assembler, and others in the chain of a defective product’s distribution.

Defective products that may result in the strict liability of such defendants include cars and other motor vehicles, motor vehicle safety equipment, medical equipment, furniture, appliances, sports equipment, and furniture, to name just a few. Defects in one or more cars or other motor vehicles involved in a vehicle crash, such as faulty ignition systems, defective power steering modules, defective brakes, defective electrical systems, or defective tires, may be found to have caused a traffic accident and a victim’s resulting injuries or death. In some cases, vehicle safety equipment, such as seatbelts or airbags, may be found to have been defective and to have caused an accident victim’s enhanced injuries. If, for example, a seatbelt fails to properly restrain an accident victim and thus causes the victim more extensive injuries than the victim might have suffered had the victim’s seatbelt operated properly, the manufacturer and/or designer of the seatbelt may be held strictly liable for the victim’s enhanced injuries. In addition, the manufacturer of the vehicle in which the defective seatbelt was installed as well as others in the chain of the vehicle’s distribution may be held strictly liable for the victim’s enhanced injuries.

Defective appliances, such as stoves, gas grills, lawnmowers, space heaters, and televisions, may cause injuries or deaths and result in liability on the part of manufacturers and others in the chain of such products’ distribution. Televisions that tip too easily, for example, may fall on and injure or kill a person who is standing or seated nearby. Unsteady furniture items may cause similar accidents and resulting injuries and deaths. Defective smoke or carbon monoxide alarms may fail to alert building occupants of fires or the release of carbon monoxide and be found to have caused victims’ resulting injuries or deaths. Defective medical equipment used in hospitals and clinics may cause patients’ injuries and deaths through the faulty reading of vital signs or the administration of improper levels of oxygen or medications. In all these cases, the designers, manufacturers, assemblers, suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers of such products may be found strictly liable for injuries or deaths determined to have been caused by the products’ defects.

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If you have been injured or one of your family members has been killed as a result of a defect in any kind of product, The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach defective products attorneys can help you obtain the justice you deserve from all those responsible for your injuries or loved one’s death. Contact The Killino Firm at 561-835-9898 for experienced assistance with your defective products case.

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Date published: 03/05/2015
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