When you purchase a product, whether it is for your home, your own personal use or your family members, it is with the expectation that you will not suffer unnecessary harm because of it. However, Florida consumers suffer harm every day because of dangerous products, yet many do not realize that they have the right to seek financial compensation.
If a dangerous product caused you pain and suffering, you may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. However, with the right help, you may be able to identify liable parties and seek the recompense you deserve. It is possible to successfully pursue the recovery you need through a products liability claim, but you would be wise to take quick action to preserve your interests.
Who is to blame for your injuries?
When a consumer product causes harm, you may be unsure of who could be to blame or where to begin in your pursuit of compensation. Determining who the liable party may be or where to begin in the legal process can be daunting, but it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case. An evaluation may determine that any of the following parties could be responsible for the damage you suffered because of a defective or dangerous consumer product:
- The manufacturer of the product
- The manufacturer of the component parts of the product
- The party that assembled or installed the dangerous products
- The retailer who sold you the product
- The wholesaler of the product
Once you determine the liable party, it can helpful to identify the actual issue with the product that caused you harm. Some of the most common defects found in widely used consumer products include the following:
- Defects with the marketing strategy
- Defects with the design of the product
- Defects with the manufacturing of the product
No matter the details of your individual situation, you could benefit from a complete explanation of your legal rights.
Protecting the rights of innocent consumers
As a consumer, you have the right to buy products that are safe to use. When you used a product as directed and it caused you physical harm, illness or financial losses, you have the right to recovery. Whether it was a problem with the design or the improper marketing of the product, it is possible to hold the appropriate parties accountable.
When you know your rights, you can better protect your interests. You can learn more about your options for a product liability claim by seeking help and guidance as soon as possible after an incident.