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Injured by a Defective Product? Talk to a Pensacola Product Liability Attorney at Searcy Denney about Your Legal Rights.

There are personal injury cases, and then there are product liability cases. While there are lots of personal injury lawyers, few law firms offer the capability to handle product liability claims against the world’s leading product designers and manufacturers. At Searcy Denney, our defective product practice has  a nationwide reputation for securing favorable results, and we have recovered billions of dollars in compensation for our clients’ losses. You'll be in good hands when you schedule a consultation with a Pensacola product liability attorney from our firm. 

Skilled Pensacola Product Liability Attorney with Proven Results in Defective Product Cases

What makes product defect cases so unique? There are actually several different factors. One of them is the fact that product liability cases tend to involve claims against large corporations. Additionally, since it is rare for just a single product to be defective, these corporations are often at risk for extraordinary liability – often in the tens of millions, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.

Another factor that makes product defect cases unique is the fact that they are governed by the law of “strict liability.” In strict liability cases, proof of negligence is technically not required. If you can prove that a product was defective, that you were using the product as intended and that you were injured as a result of the defect, then you are entitled to financial compensation under Florida law. 

But, when you are up against a team of defense lawyers from the biggest law firms in the world, this is easier said than done. 

We Handle Cases Involving All Types of Product Defects

Despite the challenges involved in winning product liability cases, we have amassed a substantial record of favorable results. Over the past 40 years, we have secured substantial settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients in cases involving many different types of products, and we are available to represent individuals and families in Pensacola who have been harmed by:

  • Automotive defects
  • Aviation and railroad defects
  • Children’s toys, furniture and playground equipment
  • Home electronics, appliances and cleaning 
  • Medical devices (including surgical implants)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • Tools, equipment, and machinery

Was the Product Defective?

If you’ve been injured due to using a specific product, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you will first need to prove that the product was defective. It’s important to note that in this context, “defective” does not mean broken. Instead, a defective product is one that is unreasonably dangerous for use by the consumer when it is used as intended. A product can be considered defective in one of three ways: 

  • Design defects: These are defects in the product’s actual design that renders it unsafe for consumers. 
  • Manufacturing defects: These are defects that arise in the manufacturing process. The product is safe as designed, but the manufacturer did not use sufficient quality control or used cheap materials. 
  • Packaging or Marketing defects: Almost every consumer product requires thoughtful packaging that includes instructions about using the product and warnings concerning known hazards. Failing to have adequate instructions or sufficient warnings could be considered a packaging or marketing defect.

Identifying the specific defect in a dangerous product isn’t easy. For example, packaging defects can be especially tricky to identify because you need to know what may be required by the law and industry standards. In other cases, the product may suffer from multiple defects of different types. If you’ve been injured by a product that you believe is unsafe, an experienced Pensacola product liability attorney can review your case and determine whether you have a claim. 

Our Pensacola Product Liability Attorney Can You Help Determine Who Is Liable for Your Injuries

The other challenge with product liability cases is determining against whom you should pursue a claim. Generally speaking, the type of defect will determine who you pursue. However, product liability claims almost always involve corporate entities, many of which design, manufacture, and distribute their products through various subsidiaries and other organizations. Here are some examples of who you may need to pursue: 

  • The design company: if the product suffered from a design defect, you would need to pursue a claim against the company that designed the product. 
  • The manufacturer: You will need to pursue the manufacturing company if the product has a manufacturing defect. This may be the same company that designed the product, a related company, or a wholly separate entity. 
  • The packaging company: If you were injured due to defective packaging, you may have to pursue the company that designed the packaging or was responsible for ensuring that warnings or instructions were included. 
  • Wholesalers and retailers: in certain situations, the wholesaler or the retailer may be responsible for the defect, and you will have to pursue your claim against them. 

It is not uncommon for claimants to sue multiple parties in product liability cases, as there may be many responsible. Failing to name the proper party can jeopardize your claim, so it is important that you carefully consider who you will pursue. For this reason, among others, product liability cases are very difficult for non-lawyers to pursue successfully. A Pensacola product liability attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. 

What Should You Do if You or Someone You Love has been Harmed by a Defective Product in Pensacola?

If the product that injured you or your loved one is yours, be sure to keep it. If it broke, burned or exploded, keep all of the remnants you can find. If you happen to still have the packaging, then keep the packaging as well. Otherwise, right now, your priorities should be to: (i) seek appropriate medical treatment for your (or your family member’s) injury; and, (ii) speak with a product liability attorney as soon as possible. 

Talk to a Pensacola Product Liability Attorney Today

For more information about your legal rights after a product-related accident in Florida, please contact a Pensacola product liability attorney to arrange a free initial consultation. You can call us 24/7 at 888-711-9460 to schedule an appointment, or send us a message online and we will respond promptly.


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