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Product Liability Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale

Personalized Attention during Personal Injury Cases

Thousands of people are injured every year due to defective and unsafe products. Unfortunately, most of these injuries could be avoided if manufacturers would take simple and reasonable steps to ensure that their products are safe before they ever go on the market. At the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A., we proudly represent those that are injured due to the negligence of others. Our Fort Lauderdale product liability attorneys give our clients the personal attention they deserve during this stressful time.

Clients in Southern Florida choose our law firm because:

  • We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients
  • Our initial case consultations are free
  • We bring over 50 years of combined experience to every case
  • We answer our phones 24 hours a day
  • Our attorneys offer Spanish and Creole language options

Discuss your product liability case and what options you have to take legal action by reaching out to 800-555-4011 and scheduling your free case consultation.

When to File a Product Liability Claim

After a product causes an injury, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the device. There is a limited amount of time to bring a products liability case in the state of Florida: four years to bring a case for injury, but two years to bring a case for wrongful death. Quickly acting can maximize damages and help to get your life back on track. Examples of dangerous products include:

  • Auto parts
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cars and automobiles
  • Helmets
  • Dog food
  • Baby formula
  • Appliances

Product Liability FAQs


How Long Does it Take to Settle a Product Liability Lawsuit?

Answer: The time it takes to settle a product liability lawsuit in Florida can vary depending on several factors. These include the case's complexity, both parties' willingness to negotiate, and the court's schedule. On average, it can take anywhere from several months to a few years to reach a settlement. It is important to consult with an attorney with experience in product liability cases to get a more accurate estimate for your specific situation.


Who Do I Sue if I Am Injured by a Defective Product?

Answer: If you have suffered injuries from a defective product in Florida, you may have the right to sue multiple parties involved in the product's distribution chain. These can include the manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or any other entity responsible for placing the product on the market. The specific parties you can sue will depend on the circumstances of your case.


How Soon Do I Need to File a Product Liability Claim?

Answer: Florida maintains a strict two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. Since product liability falls under the umbrella of personal injury, you must file your claim within two years from the date of the accident or injury. Part of the reason why hiring a lawyer is beneficial is because working with one can ensure you do not miss any important deadlines, as missing a deadline will likely crush your chances of pursuing compensation.


How Do I Establish Liability for a Defective Product?

Answer: First, you must show that the product was unreasonably dangerous due to a flaw in its design or manufacturing process or because the proper warnings or instructions were not provided. You must demonstrate that the defect caused your injury or harm. Gathering evidence, such as product testing, professional opinions, and documentation, is crucial in building a strong case.


What Are the Different Types of Product Defects?

Answer: There are three main types of product defects: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Design defects occur when a product's design is inherently flawed, making it dangerous or unfit for its intended purpose. Manufacturing defects happen during production, resulting in individual products that deviate from the intended design and pose risks to consumers. Marketing defects involve inadequate warnings, instructions, or labeling that fail to inform consumers about potential risks or proper usage. Each type of defect can lead to product liability claims, and it is important to consult with a legal professional to determine the best course of action based on the circumstances of your injury.


What Is Strict Product Liability?

Answer: Strict liability is a legal doctrine that holds manufacturers and sellers responsible for injuries caused by defective products, regardless of fault or negligence. Under strict product liability, if a product is found to have a defect that caused harm to a consumer, the manufacturer or seller can be held liable for damages. This doctrine aims to protect consumers by placing the burden of ensuring product safety on those who profit from the product's sale rather than on the injured party to prove negligence.


What Damages Are Recoverable in a Product Liability Case?

Answer: Various types of damage may be recoverable. These can include economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage caused by the defective product. Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life may also be awarded.


Why Do I Need a Product Liability Attorney if the Product That Harmed Me Was Clearly Defective?

Answer: While it may seem straightforward that a defective product caused harm, hiring a product liability attorney is crucial for several reasons. Remember, your attorney is a legal professional who will help you navigate the legal process and ensure all paperwork is filed correctly and on time. Attorneys are also skilled in gathering evidence and doing what needs to be done from a legal standpoint to affect the case positively. Lastly, a lawyer can negotiate with the manufacturer's legal team and fight for your deserved compensation.


What Are the Three Major Bases Product Liability Claims Must Fulfill?

Answer: Product liability claims must fulfill three major bases: negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty. Negligence requires proving that the manufacturer was negligent in designing, manufacturing, or warning about the product. Strict liability holds the manufacturer for all defects, irrespective of negligence. Lastly, breach of warranty claims arises when the product fails to meet the expressed or implied warranties made by the manufacturer.


Should I Join a Product Liability Class Action or Settle on My Own?

Answer: Joining a class action can provide strength in numbers, shared legal costs, and potentially higher compensation. However, it may also mean less control over the case and a smaller individual payout. Settling on your own allows for more control and potentially higher compensation, but it also means taking on the burden of legal costs and the risk of losing the case. Consult with your lawyer to make an informed decision about the best approach to take during your case.

We Put Our Clients First

Insurance companies in personal injury cases strive to limit the amount of money owed to the injured individual. Under Florida's pure comparative negligence rule, the percentage that the injured is determined to be at fault for an accident is deducted from their total recovery. This means that if the injured is 25 percent at fault for the accident and owed $10,000, the payout will only be $7,500. At the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale product liability attorneys have previous experience as insurance defense counsel, meaning we understand and fight against the tactics used to deny the injured and their families the compensation they are entitled to. For additional information, contact our office at 800-555-4011.

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