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Sarasota Product Liability Attorney

If a defective product has injured you or a loved one, you need a Sarasota product liability lawyer who will fight for your rights. At Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann, our experienced team is dedicated to seeking justice for you and your family.

Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann is a different type of personal injury firm – and our track record of excellence proves it. Throughout our careers, we’ve won over $100 million for our clients through successful jury verdicts and settlements.

Trust the Sunshine State’s preeminent product liability team of Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann. Reach out today to request your free, no-obligation case review in your Florida product liability case.

What Is Product Liability Action?

The Florida Statute defines product liability action as “a civil action based on a theory of strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, nuisance, or similar theories for damages caused by manufacture, construction, design, formulation, installation, preparation, or assembly of a product.”

How To Prove Product Liability In Florida

To successfully bring a product liability action, Floridians must do the following:

  1. Prove Loss: victims must showcase that they received injuries or financial losses due to the usage of the product. This loss cannot be attributable to off-label use of the product in question – it must be used as the manufacturer intended or what an average person would do with the product.
  2. Showcase Defect: victims of the product must show that the product was defectively designed or manufactured OR that the manufacturer did not adequately warn consumers of the risk.
  3. Demonstrate Cause: victims must demonstrate that this product was the approximate cause of their injuries.

Let’s explore an example. Sarah wants to bring a product liability action based on a defective hot iron straightener. In spite of displaying a lower temperature, she found that the product became hotter as she straightened her hair. This malfunction yielded burns to her neck and hands, and singed her hair.

As long as Sarah can demonstrate the above three elements, she potentially has a successful product liability case.

However, if it were discovered that Sarah was not using the hair straightener as intended and was using it to, for example, iron her clothes instead, it is likely that Sarah would not have a case in a Florida civil court.

Florida Product Liability Statute Of Limitations

Like similar personal injury case statutes of limitations in Florida, a victim of a defective product has four years from the diagnosis or discovery of the injuries to file a product liability claim.

If the product’s malfunction caused injuries that led to or caused the victim’s wrongful death, the executors of the deceased’s estate have two years from the time of death with which to file a wrongful death claim.

These two and four-year statutes of limitation may seem like a long time, but we strongly caution against waiting that long. Contact our Sarasota product liability lawyers today.

Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann Is Sarasota’s Product Liability Attorney

If a faulty product has injured you, it’s crucial to get legal representation from a skilled Sarasota product liability lawyer such as Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann. We’re confident in our ability to successfully get you maximum compensation in your product liability case – which is why we never get paid unless we win your case.

Contact our team today for your free, no-obligation product liability case review.