As a consumer in Hollywood and southern Florida, you probably expect the products you buy at your favorite game stores have been tested to be safe. While a number of government agencies are tasked with ensuring consumer goods, appliances, and foods are safe for us to use, each year thousands of people are injured or killed across the country due to defective products.
If you are a customer and have been injured by an unsafe product, you may have a civil claim against the retailer, manufacturer, importer, and other liable parties involved in making and selling the product. If you have been injured, save the product you believe has caused you harm and contact a personal injury attorney in Hollywood or your Florida community. You can always contact Flaxman Law Group if you’d like a free case analysis of your situation.
Who is Responsible for my Injury?
In general, products liability claims in Hollywood and Florida occur because at least one of three defects have occurred:
1) A design defect. Sometimes, products are designed with dangerous components. For example, toys intended for children may have sharp edges which can cause lacerations. Some toys may have small detachable pieces which pose a choking hazard. Manufacturers and companies are responsible for ensuring their products are designed to meet safety specifications. When they do not take due care, manufacturers can be held liable when people are injured.
2) A manufacturing defect. Sometimes, a product is designed safely but a flaw happens during the manufacturing process to make the product unsafe. For example, a food may be a safe product but during the manufacturing process a toxin or bacteria may enter the food, making it a risk. A medication may be safe but during the manufacturing process the wrong combination of chemicals may be used, rendering the medication toxic. If a manufacturing process defect has occurred, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or against the company the manufacturer has outsourced production to.
3) A sales or information defect. Sometimes, products are designed and manufactured correctly but still pose a hazard if they are not labeled correctly or if information about safe use is not included with the product. For example, if a product can only be used in specific ways but this data is not clearly listed in the instructions, you may have a claim against the manufacturer, packager, or other liable parties.
Do you Have a Products Liability Claim?
If you have used a product as it was intended to be used without altering the product and have suffered an injury, you may have a claim. You may even be able to take part in a class action suit if others have been similarly injured. To find out whether you have a claim, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free evaluation.