Product Liability Law

Product Liability Law- Have you been injured due to a defective product?

Manufactures have a legal responsibility to make safe products. If you have been injured due to a defective product, you may be entitled to damages. Your injuries may be covered under product liability law.

A recent example of a defective product that has effected millions of people is the Takata airbag recall. Takata is a Japanese company that produces airbags found in many popular consumer vehicles, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen. (to see full list, click here). Approximately 34 million vehicles are potentially affected in the United States, and another 7 million have been recalled worldwide.

In some models, the Takata made airbags are defective. When the airbags inflate, they essentially shoot shrapnel out of the container, injuring the passenger.

According to a New York Times article by Clifford Atiyeh, Honda and Takata knew about the airbag problem since 2004. It was in 2004 when an airbag inflator exploded in a 2002 Honda Accord involved in a crash in Alabama, sending metal fragments through the bag and injuring the driver. Honda later learned of three airbag ruptures in 2007 and settled with the victims, says the Times. Honda also is said to have settled with a Civic driver in 2008 who had “blood gushing” from her neck after being hit with a two-inch fragment when the airbag deployed after a “minor accident.” Another woman driving a Honda Accord is reported to have “bled to death in front of her three children” in 2009 when her car’s airbag sent shrapnel into her neck and chest.

A review of federal documents by the Times found that the airbags have caused two deaths and 30 injuries in Honda vehicles and a total of at least 139 reported injuries across all automakers.

While Takata has made headlines of late, it is not the only company that has made defective products that have injured consumers. Each year, millions of people are affected by defective products and are protected under product liability law. Product liability law is different than ordinary injury law, this set of rules can often make it easier for a consumer to recover damages.

Should you have been injured by a defective product, give us a call. The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul has the experience and expertise to see to it that you are fully protected under the law. We will aggressively advocate on your behalf, ensuring you recover the maximum amount you deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

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Injured on a plane? You need an attorney.

Traveling by plane is statistically the safest way to travel. Compared to automobile or train travel, injuries during air travel are rare; and although injuries are rare, they do happen.

Just recently, officials say at least eight passengers were injured when a JetBlue flight experienced turbulence while flying from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Orlando. Some passengers described the experience like being in a movie scene.

JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw told Orlando station WESH that medical personnel met the flight when it arrived at Orlando International Airport Monday evening. Eight JetBlue passengers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Accidents during air travel are not unlike automobile accidents. Any person who has been injured during air travel should be aware of his or her potential rights. It is not uncommon that the airline or its employees may be held legally responsible for such injuries.

Airlines are held to a high standard of care for their passengers and employees. The Federal Aviation Act ensures airlines take the necessary safety precautions and protocols, ensuring passenger safety. Airlines are responsible for even the slightest negligence on the part of its employees. Carriers like JetBlue are required by law to do all that is reasonable under the circumstances to prevent injuries from occurring.

With that said, an injury does not automatically mean the airline was negligent. It is up to the injured party and their attorney to prove the airline was at fault. The major carriers must exercise best practices in all aspects of aviation; including the maintenance, inspection, loading, operation, and boarding of the plane. The pilot of the aircraft is responsible for overseeing the different aspects of travel (including weather, flight routes, etc.)

The airline is not the only entity that can be held liable for injuries sustained during flight. The manufacturer, seller, or maintenance entity can be held responsible as well.

If you have been injured during air travel you do have rights and may be entitled to damages! Having an experienced attorney is crucial, as they can walk you through this complicated legal matter. Should you have suffered an injury on a plane, call The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul. Consultations are free and you won’t pay a dime in legal fees unless we recover on your behalf.

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Construction Injury

If you have been injured on your job site, you may have a claim.

Florida is growing fast. And with that growth comes tons of new construction. In fact, in 2014 Florida led the nation in construction jobs. Residents of Central Florida only need to venture down 417 to see the Lake Nona area exploding. Orlando is pushing west as well, and developers plan to add thousands of homes in the Winter Garden area off 429. While the building is a good sign for the local Florida economy, the new construction also has risks; new building means the likelihood of workers suffering construction related injuries increases.

Working construction is one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in America.   Approximately 150,000 injuries occur as a result of construction workplace accidents annually (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). As you may guess, the leading cause of construction workplace accidents are falls. Another substantial portion of the workers injured on the job suffer head injuries, which frequently result in brain damage.

While construction related deaths don’t make national headlines, they do happen. They happen more than you think.  Before the OSHA was created 43 years ago, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Today, workplaces are much safer, going from 38 fatal injuries a day to 12. The BLS reported in 2008 that, in Florida, construction accidents made up 44 percent of the work-related fatalities in the state.

YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION AFTER CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS

Workers have rights. When a construction worker suffer injuries at work, they have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. These workers’ rights, however, are more limited than in many other personal injury lawsuit situations. Should you have suffered a construction injury on the job, be sure to call our experienced law firm.

Every personal injury case in unique. Depending on the circumstances of the worker’s accident and injuries, the worker may recover due to the negligence of the non-employer. These parties could include property owners & managers, general contractors, construction managers, developers, engineers and architects. As an example, if a worker suffers harm as a result of an accident where a faulty tool or defective equipment is in question, then that worker may pursue a claim against the manufacturer of that device under the legal theory of product liability. These devices may include safety harnesses or other safety equipment.

The bottom line is, if you have suffered a construction injury, you need to seek medical attention and call The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul.