Product Recalls

Do You Need a Product Recall Attorney in Orlando, FL?

Every day, consumer products sold in Florida and across the U.S. are found to be unsafe. These products are withdrawn from the market through product recalls. However, these recalls usually occur only after many people have been injured or killed by a faulty product. Those who have been injured or lost loved ones due to injuries caused by recalled products have legal rights. Product liability law provides a means for consumers to seek compensation for their losses and hold careless manufacturers accountable.

We at The Maher Law Firm can help if you or a loved one has been injured by a faulty consumer product that is the subject of a recall. Our firm has earned national recognition for our work on behalf of injured consumers. We serve clients in Orlando and across the country.

To discuss the legal options available to you during a free consultation, call (855) 338-0720.

Most Product Recalls Are "Voluntary"

Some federal agencies can request "voluntary" recalls. Of course, manufacturers may also voluntarily recall their products prior to a government inquiry.

Federal agencies that may request or order recalls of the products they oversee include:

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) - Appliances, clothing, electronics and electrical products, household products, etc.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Pesticides, rodenticides, fungicides, and vehicle emission controls.
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, etc.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - Cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) - Recreational boats, personal watercraft, equipment installed by boat manufacturers.

Also, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates meat, poultry and processed egg products produced in federally inspected plants, may request recalls. All other food products are regulated by the FDA. The government's recall website provides information for consumers about unsafe, hazardous or defective products that have been recalled from the market.

What Does a Recall Mean to an Injured Consumer?

If a consumer product has been recalled, whether voluntarily or because of a federal order, it has typically come after a variety of data have established that the product is faulty and unsafe. This may include medical research that has preceded the recall of several dangerous drugs or news media reports of car accident injuries and deaths from allegedly faulty tires, airbags, and other automotive components. This material, as well as the fact of the recall, can serve as useful evidence in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits pertaining to recalled products.

Such lawsuits may seek compensation for a consumer's:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering

In many cases after a product has been recalled, the manufacturer will set aside funds in anticipation of paying claims to injured consumers. These tend to be cases involving many injuries and deaths. They may eventually be consolidated as class-action lawsuits (based on similar claims) or multi-district litigation (MDLs).

The Maher Law Firm Can Help You Take Legal Action

A person who has been injured or lost a loved one because of consumer product defects may be compensated for his or her losses. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any claim, The Maher Law Firm can pledge to dedicate our skills and considerable experience to your case. It is important to act quickly if you know of a product recall affecting you. The date of a recall typically starts the statute of limitations. This is the period of time in which an injured consumer or surviving family members may bring a legal claim. The failure to file a personal injury claim within this period may lead to a claim being dismissed.

Contact us today to learn about your rights.