Every day, consumers in the United States are injured – even wrongfully killed – by dangerous and defective products. Anything from tainted food to malfunctioning automobiles, to manufacturers who fail in their responsibility to keep consumers safe can cause devastating accidents. Resulting injuries can include burns, brain injury, paralysis, poisoning, amputation, and death.
In 2009, Lead Attorney Robert W. Kelley and the team at Kelley/Uustal obtained the largest product liability case in the United States that year, as reported by Lawyers USA. This was one of the nation’s largest personal injury awards that year.
At Kelley/Uustal, we are dedicated to fighting manufacturers and producers that fail to provide safe products for consumers. Our Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyers have the skill and experience to protect your rights and fight for the money you need. Learn more about your rights and legal options by contacting our firm for a free consultation.
Types of Defective Product Cases We Handle
Our firm has handled claims involving but not limited to:
There Are Three Main Types of Product Defects
In order for a product to be considered “defective” by law, it must fall into one or more of the following categories: defective manufacturing, defective design, or defective labeling.
- Defective manufacturing: Products with manufacturing defects are well designed, but have been made unsafe by the way in which they were physically manufactured.
- Defective design: Conversely, products with design defects have been manufactured properly, but are inherently flawed because of the way they were designed.
- Defective labeling: Even if a product was safely designed and manufactured, it can still be defective if it does not include adequate warning labels or instructions.
Whether you realist it or not, you are exposed to chemicals every day. Chemicals have allowed us to do amazing things, but these same products can lead to serious accidents, illness, and injuries. In fact, research suggests that thousands of people suffer fatal injuries from chemical exposure every year.
Are You Entitled to Compensation?
If you and your family suffered serious medical complications because of dangerous chemicals in your home, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. These include:
- Medical costs
- Ongoing care
- Noneconomic damages
- Wrongful death
- Lost wages
Dangerous Chemicals For Children
If consumed by children, household chemicals can cause serious injury or death. Some products, even toys, can expose children to dangerous chemicals. These chemicals can contaminate land, water, and food. Overexposure to dangerous chemicals can lead to serious health problems, including chronic and fatal illness. Because children are very susceptible to the effects of dangerous chemicals, it is important for manufacturers to toys and other products that adhere to safety guidelines and restrictions.
Household Safety Tips
Secure all household chemicals, such as cleaning supplies and pool chemicals. Make sure children cannot get to these dangerous chemicals. Be careful to follow directions when using these products. Chemicals can cause injury from fumes as well as direct contact. Look out for harmful chemicals in everyday products, such as soap or children’s toys. Long-term exposure to some of these chemicals can cause serious illness and disease.
Defective Automobile Parts
Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for Americans under the age of 35, and responsible for over 40,000 deaths in an average year. Many of these accidents and deaths are caused by defective car components, defectively designed vehicles, or a deadly combination of the two.
Automotive defects we have extensive experience with include:
- Airbag defects
- Gas tank and fuel fires
- Carbon monoxide issues
- Unintended acceleration
- Seatback failures
- Seatbelt defects
- Child safety seat issues
- Mismatched bumper defects
- Vehicle deformation issues
- Rollover and roof crush
Defective Cascade Lacrosse Helmets
When negligence occurs on the athletic field, it is all the more dangerous. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) recently found that the Cascade R helmet did not meet their standards for safety. All athletes who own this helmet are urged to immediately stop using it.
After working out an agreement with the NOCSAE, Cascade Lacrosse announced that those who own the decertified Cascade R helmet can return their defective helmets for modifications, completely free of charge. While this may seem like a noble gesture, it can also limit the company’s liability for any injuries that resulted from the dangerous helmets. Overall, the situation sheds light on the fact that some manufacturers are negligent in their creation of the very equipment that is meant to protect consumers.
Steps You Should Take After an Injury
Lacrosse is a physical sport, and players put themselves at risk of injury every time they step onto the field. However, players also take steps to minimize that risk of injury by investing in approved safety gear and equipment. When this equipment does not deliver the level of quality and safety that it promises, it can result in severe injuries. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury after wearing the Cascade R helmet, make sure you:
- Seek treatment from a qualified doctor
- Document your injuries, writing down details so that nothing is left out
- Retain the helmet in your possession. Do not attempt to modify or repair it.
- Keep all medical bills and receipts for related costs
- Get testimony from coaches, players, or spectators who witnessed the injury
- Collect video of the incident occurring if possible
- Retain counsel from a trusted personal injury lawyer
Defective Pressure Cookers
Pressure cookers save time in the kitchen, but when they are not correctly designed or manufactured, they can cause serious injury. In fact, people have even been killed while using them. In 2015, our firm represented the family of a two-year-old toddler who suffered burns to over 60 percent of her body when the steam and liquid from a pressure cooker overflowed. Manufacturers of dangerous and potentially deadly products should not be allowed to get away unpunished. The Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have won millions of dollars in compensation for people who have been injured by defective and dangerous products, including pressure cookers.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL, manufactured by Tristar Products, Inc., is a popular brand of pressure cooker sold at a variety of retailers throughout the United States, including Walmart, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and others. Since the product was introduced to the market, it has already received a number of complaints on its quality and safety. It is possible that a defective part within the unit increases the likelihood that the pressure cooker will explode during use.
A number of consumer complaints are already listed online, including:
- Release valve may move out of place
- Release valve may get stuck, causing the unit to seal shut
- Lid may pop off during use
- No manual safety shutoff
- Lid does not seal properly, allowing scalding steam to escape
- Cooker will not shut off after the timer ends
- Poor instructions
- Lettering on the release valve may burn off
A defective product injury and damage claim may involve the following elements:
- Severe burns
- Skin discoloration and scarring
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
If you own a pressure cooker that has caused injury to you or a family member, you may be eligible for compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage and more. To see if you have a product liability case for a defective pressure cooker, call our firm to speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer. With more than 325 years of experience and a history of multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements, Kelley/Uustal has helped many people like you obtain compensation from negligent product manufacturers. We’re ready to help you obtain the justice you deserve.
Call Our Florida Defective Product Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured by a defective product or have lost a loved one as a result of a dangerous product, you have the right to pursue justice and compensation for your losses. At Kelley/Uustal, we have the experience, ability, and track record you need to feel confident as you begin your legal journey. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you with your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Have you been injured by a dangerous or defective product? Contact a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney at Kelley/Uustal today for a free and confidential case evaluation.