Tampa Products Liability Attorneys Fight for Injured Consumers
Compensating Florida victims and making the marketplace safer for all
There are two major purposes of products liability law. The first is to compensate a consumer who sustained injuries from a defective product. The second purpose is to compel producers of consumer products to make them as safe as possible for the public. At The Matassini Law Firm, P.A., our personal injury attorneys are committed to the fight for justice and a safe consumer marketplace. Since 1976, we have provided concerned counsel and aggressive legal representation to help our injured clients recover and to prevent similar harm from occurring in the future.
Experienced attorneys manage all types of defect cases
A consumer product is defective if it is not safe for a reasonable person to use as intended or in a reasonably foreseeable manner. There are essentially three ways in which a consumer product can be defective:
- Design defect — Something went wrong at the planning stage. The classic example is the Ford Pinto, which had its fuel tank too close to the rear perimeter of the vehicle, protected only by a weak bumper and surrounded by puncture sources. An example of a household item is a baby crib with slats far enough apart to allow a baby’s head to squeeze through.
- Manufacture defect — Something went wrong at the construction stage. Often there is a problem with the materials or workmanship. For instance, a company could use toxic, lead-based paint for children’s toys. A furniture manufacturer might use materials that cannot bear the load of an average-sized person.
- Defective labels or inadequate warnings — This is often the problem with inherently dangerous consumer items, such as power tools and medications. A warning label must be sufficient to catch the attention of a consumer and communicate the risks inherent in using the product without taking special precautions.
Most defective product cases involve strict liability rather than negligence. This means that an injured plaintiff does not have to prove that the producer of the product was careless; the plaintiff must only prove that the product had a defect and the defect caused or worsened the plaintiff’s personal injury.
The role of comparative fault in Florida products liability
A defendant may seek to reduce a plaintiff’s recovery by claiming the plaintiff was negligent in the use of the product. A defendant may allege that the plaintiff ignored warnings or used the product in an unforeseeable and dangerous way. The Matassini Law Firm does everything in our power to rebut those defenses to maximize the compensation for our clients.
Call our Tampa attorneys today to discuss your products liability claim
Consumers injured by defective products need capable, experienced legal representation. Our seasoned trial lawyers have the skills and resources to match large insurance defense firms. Call us today at 813.379.2007 or contact us online to schedule a free conference and learn how The Matassini Law Firm. P.A. can serve you.