Were you or a loved one hurt because of a dangerous consumer product or device in Destin, FL? You may be entitled to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. One of Brannon & Brannon Destin product liability lawyers can help you fight to hold the product manufacturer responsible for the harm you’ve suffered.
Since 1990, we’ve committed our practice to helping injured clients across Northwest Florida. We’ve successfully recovered millions of dollars in life-altering settlements and verdicts over the years.
Our legal team would be proud to stand up for your family’s rights. If you’re interested in learning more, call our law firm in Destin, Florida at (850) 842-2573 to schedule a free consultation today, or contact our office here.
How Brannon & Brannon Can Help With a Product Liability Claim in Destin, FL
Choosing the right lawyer for your case is important. At Brannon & Brannon, we have over 60 years of experience representing clients in Destin and Panama City. We have a proven track record of recovering fair compensation for those clients. That’s reflected in our AV-preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.
We’re a family firm, and we treat our clients like family. We know how important it is to recover the maximum compensation you deserve. Our Destin personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to win when it counts the most.
When you trust us to protect your interests, our lawyers will:
- Conduct a full investigation into the circumstances of your injury
- Identify all parties responsible for your injuries
- Consult with respected experts and specialists
- Calculate the value of your personal injury case
- Handle all negotiations with the insurance companies and defense lawyers
Don’t expect the product manufacturer to hand over a check. In fact, you should be skeptical if they do.
Our Destin personal injury attorneys face off against big corporations and insurance companies on a regular basis–and we win. Call our offices in Destin for a free consultation today to learn more about our practice areas.
What is My Destin Product Liability Case Worth?
The cost of treating a serious injury can be overwhelming. Often, clients are anxious to get money in their pockets quickly after an injury. That can be a mistake, especially if the insurance company is pressuring you to accept an offer.
Before we make any insurance demand, our lawyers will work to assess the fair value of your personal injury claim. We’ll carefully work to assess the nature and severity of your injuries. With the help of your doctors and other specialists, we’ll be able to estimate the fair value of your future costs.
Factors that will influence your case value include:
- The cost of your medical treatment and expenses
- Your lost wages and income
- Whether you have suffered a permanent injury
- How the injury will impact your future and quality of life
- The amount of pain and inconvenience you have suffered
Often, the initial insurance settlement offer will be much less than you really deserve. Our lawyers will negotiate to win a settlement that accounts for all of the damage you’ve suffered.
Are you interested in learning more about how much your personal injury case is worth? We’re here to help. Call our law offices for a free case review today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Victims of Defective Consumer Products?
The compensation you recover in a personal injury case is called “damages.” Victims are entitled to compensation for both financial and non-financial losses.
Depending on your circumstances, your economic damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Long-term care
- In-home modifications
- Nursing care
- Property damage
On the other hand, non-economic damages compensate for the non-financial impact of any injury and accident. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of consortium
If you lost a loved one, you may be entitled to additional damages for wrongful death. Those damages might include funeral costs, loss of inheritance, loss of financial support and more.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for Getting Hurt by a Dangerous Product in Florida?
Yes, you can recover damages based on negligence if someone else was even 1% liable for your injuries. Florida follows a pure comparative fault law in negligence cases. If you share blame, your compensation will be reduced in proportion to your share of fault.
The insurance company might try to blame you for:
- Using the product incorrectly
- Altering the product to make it unsafe
- Failing to follow instructions
If they succeed, you might walk away with less money in your pocket. At Brannon & Brannon, we know how to defend you from these and other insurance tactics. If you’re being blamed, call to learn more about Florida contributory negligence laws.
We’ll Fight to Recover Fair Compensation for All of Your Injuries
The injuries caused by unsafe products can vary widely. Never underestimate the costs you might incur.
Our lawyers represent clients who have sustained:
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds
- Eye injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Facial injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Are you interested in having an experienced lawyer in Destin review your case? Call our team for a free case evaluation today.
We Handle All Types of Product Liability Claims in Destin, Florida
At Brannon & Brannon, we help clients with all types of product liability cases, including those involving dangerous:
- Medical devices
- Prescription drugs
- Over-the-counter medications
- Household appliances
- Children’s car seats
- Children’s furniture
- Seat belts, airbags, and other vehicle components
- Tools and equipment
- Construction equipment
- Smoke alarms
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Vape pens
- Household chemicals
- Personal care products
Even if someone else purchased the product, you may be entitled to compensation–and you don’t have to wait for the product to be recalled by the FDA to take action.
How Do I Establish Liability if I Was Injured Because of a Defective Product in Florida?
Strict liability laws apply in most product liability lawsuits. In other words, manufacturers of defective products can be held liable for damages even if they were not negligent. Instead of proving negligence, you’ll have to prove that the product suffered from a defect.
There are three basic types of product defects:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Marketing defects (or failure to warn)
You may also be entitled to damages based on breach of warranty. Every time you buy a product, the manufacturer offers an implied warranty that the product is reasonably safe if used as intended.
At Brannon & Brannon, we handle all types of claims involving dangerous or defective products, including those involving:
A product suffers from a design flaw if there’s a problem with the basic design. In other words, the product is unreasonably dangerous even when assembled according to specifications.
One common example of a design defect is Roundup weed killer. The defect involves the product’s basic chemical composition, which arguably increases the risk of cancer in consumers.
To recover compensation based on a design defect, we’ll work to establish:
- The product was unreasonably dangerous as designed
- A safer alternative design existed
- The alternative design was reasonably cost-effective
These cases can be extremely complex. It’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced Destin product liability attorney before taking any action.
In manufacturing defect cases, the product’s design is safe. However, some type of error in the manufacturing process caused your specific product to become unsafe.
For example, if the manufacturer used the wrong size screw to assemble a batch of tools, that specific batch would suffer from a manufacturing defect. The manufacturer can be strictly liable for harm caused by those defective products.
When you buy a consumer product, it’s usually covered with warning labels and instructions. That’s because many products can never be made 100% safe. Product manufacturers have a duty to warn you about the known risks associated with the product.
An example of a marketing defect is when a drug manufacturer fails to warn patients about the known side effects of using the drug. You might choose to use the drug despite the risk, but you deserve fair warning.
How Long Do I Have to File a Product Liability Lawsuit in Florida?
Under Florida law, most injured parties have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The clock starts to run on the day you were hurt.
It’s possible that you could have more or less time to take legal action. That’s why it’s a good idea to call a lawyer for advice soon after an injury. We’ll evaluate the circumstances and preserve your right to seek compensation.
Contact a Destin Product Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Were you or a family member injured by a defective product in Miramar Beach, Fort Walton Beach, or Destin, FL? Don’t let the clock run out. Call a Destin product liability lawyer at Brannon & Brannon today. We offer a free consultation, so you won’t have to worry about up-front costs.