Category: Defective Products
As we are now entering Florida's rainy season, having safe tires is even more important.
Living in an electronic age where we depend on electronic devices during a large part of our daily lives, having safe products is not only important but critical. Laptops, and other devices such as hoverboards, use lithium batteries recently shown as incendiary devices.
34 million cars have already been recalled over the last five years. By 2020 the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) expects the total to be 42 million. There have been at least 11 deaths and 180 injured in the United States linked to defective Takata airbags.
In Florida, if you have been injured due to a product that was in a dangerous condition or otherwise presented a hazard as a result of it having been defectively manufactured, you may be entitled to recover damages to compensate for your injuries. In fact, Florida law provides injury claimants who are pursuing a lawsuit in this category — that of product liability — a number of advantages that help to ease the litigation burden.
In a research letter published February 2, 2017 in the medical journal JAMA Ophthalmology, researchers indicate that single-use detergent pods now account for more than a quarter of all child chemical eye burn injuries each year, increasing dramatically from just a few years ago.
Even the most common, everyday item can be potentially hazardous. Samsung has had two such product defects recently: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones and Samsung washing machines.
Tampa Bay 10 News reported on November 22, 2016 that if you call for a Lyft or Uber ride in the U.S., you have a 1-in-3 chance of getting into a vehicle that has not had its federally-mandated safety recall work completed.
If you have been injured due to a defective product, you may be able to assert a product liability claim. Product liability claims can be challenging, due to the fact that defendant-manufacturers often have significant resources to fight the case and are incentivized to promote legal conflict (so as to prevent future plaintiffs from asserting their claims).
On June 27,2016, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., PA) said he would press for the legislation that would force furniture producers to keep mandatory stability standards. This legislation was caused by the fact that every 24 minutes in the U.S. a child goes to the emergency room because of a tip-over accident involving furniture or a TV.
The Detroit Free Press reported in March 2016 that Ford F-150 pickup trucks, which are very popular in the U.S. and account for two/thirds of Ford’s truck sales, are being investigated by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for brake failures following multiple complaints.