Injured By a Defective Product? The Laws That Protect Your Rights
Posted By Tampa Personal Injury Attorney || Jan 24, 2012
Product liability law was established to protect consumers from damage caused by products, and refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of products. The products addressed in product liability lawsuits contain inherent defects that cause harm to the consumer of a product, and may include intangibles (gas), real estate (house), naturals (pets) and writings (navigation) in addition to tangible products.
If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be able to file a product liability claim based on strict liability, negligence or breach of warranty of fitness. There is no federal products liability law, and statutory provisions will differ from state to state. Regardless of your jurisdiction, you must be able to prove that the product is defective in one or more of these areas: design, manufacturing and marketing.
Product liability claims also do not depend on the degree of negligence or carelessness by the defendant. Even if the manufacturer exercised great care to ensure product safety and did all the appropriate testing, they will still be liable if there is a defect in their product that causes harm. With the help of a talented Tampa personal injury lawyer, you can begin to build a case to support your defective product claim. As stated above, product liability laws differ from state to state, and can be especially confusing for someone not familiar with class actions. Contact a Tampa product liability attorney at Givens Givens Sparks today to seek justice for your injuries.