Lake City & Jacksonville Defective Product Lawyer
Manufacturers have a duty to only put products on the market which are reasonably safe for use. As consumers, we have no way of knowing whether a product is defective until it fails and disaster strikes. It is up to the product makers to check their designs and manufacturing processes to ensure quality and safety. When things go wrong, manufacturers can be held strictly liable for the injuries which result. Lake City & Jacksonville defective product lawyers at Douglas & Carter have the resources and experience to go up against major manufacturers and hold them accountable for the harm they have caused with dangerously defective products.
Manufacturers can be held Strictly Liable for Defective Products
Studies conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission reveal that tens of millions of Americans seek medical treatment related to the use of a consumer product every year, with millions of injuries and tens of thousands of deaths resulting. Lawyers have many different legal theories available to hold manufacturers accountable for injuries caused by defective products, including negligence and breach of warranty claims. The most powerful legal theory is strict liability. Under strict liability, the injury victim does not have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent. All that has to be proven is that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer’s control, and this defect was the cause of the injuries.
Proving product defect claims is still a complex and complicated proposition. Large corporations have seemingly endless resources to hire teams of lawyers and defend against product liability claims. Also, often the evidence needed to prove the product defect is in the hands of the manufacturers, who make it incredibly difficult to find or get a hold of. Additionally, even under strict liability, manufacturers have many defenses at their disposal. For instance, they may claim any of the following to try and avoid responsibility for their defective product:
- The victim misused the product
- The victim used the product in a way which was not reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer
- The victim’s own negligence was the cause of the accident
- The victim assumed the risk of using a dangerous product
- The victim was not the intended user of the product
- The product was modified from its original condition before the accident occurred
- The victim’s lawsuit is preempted by federal law
One of the most tragic aspects of product liability cases is that often it is discovered that manufacturers knew they had a dangerous product on their hands, yet they made a conscious decision to leave the product unchanged and litigate injury claims rather than spend the money it would take to fix a dangerous product. At Douglas & Carter, we stand up for injury victims, consumers and the general public in any type of product defect litigation, including:
- Design Defects
- Manufacturing Defects
- Failure to Warn
Litigation is often the most effective or only way to expose corporate wrongdoing and force manufacturers to fix their dangerous products.
Experienced & Successful Attorneys for Product Defect Claims in Lake City & Jacksonville
If you have been harmed by a defective product, call Douglas & Carter at our offices in Lake City or Jacksonville for a free consultation with a knowledgeable, skilled and experienced defective product lawyers. Our firm has the resources and dedication to pursue your case and seek justice on your behalf.