Product Liability Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Product Liability Lawyer Explains What Manufacturing Defects Means

If you have suffered a loss as the result of a defective or unsafe product you should consult with a Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyer to determine if you are eligible for compensation. The product liability laws in Florida are designed to protect consumers from products that are poorly manufactured, designed in an inherently unsafe manner, or sold without proper warnings. The first key to determining if you can file a product liability lawsuit is to determine if you have suffered a loss and if you have, what is the amount or extent of the loss. “Near misses” don’t count. You may have nearly been injured by a product or you may have discovered that it has an unsafe element in its design but if you are not injured then there is no basis to sue. You can send a letter to the manufacturer or the FTC but a product liability lawsuit is out.

Causes for Product Liability Lawsuits

In Florida there are three categories that are most commonly the basis for a product liability lawsuit:

  • Manufacturing defects
  • Design defects
  • Failing to warn and warning labels

In this blog we will take a quick look at “manufacturing defects.” Manufacturing defects are “one off” instances of poor construction. For example a supporting bolt in a step stool may be installed improperly causing it to shear off collapsing the stool when a person stands on it. The design is safe, quality control is in place but if this one stool is sold and it results in an injury you may be able to sue the manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer. The Florida theory of strict liability holds that a manufacturer is liable for any manufacturing defect that occurs as a result of faulty manufacturing regardless of whether they took care throughout the manufacturing process. These cases can be complicated because of the number of potential defendants. It’s best to consult with a law firm that specializes in the field and that is current on recent rulings. In Fort Lauderdale, one of those law firms specializing in product liability lawsuits is mine, Martin, Lister & Alvarez and we are always available for a no charge consultation to evaluate your case. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.