Orlando Product Liability Lawyers
What Is Product Liability?
Manufacturers owe a duty to consumers to ensure their products are safe when used as intended. If there are inherent risks or side effects, manufacturers must warn consumers of the dangers. Unfortunately, manufacturers routinely fail to fulfill their duty and release dangerous products into the U.S. marketplace every day. Liability means that the manufacturer is legally responsible for the safety of their products.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a product defect or undisclosed side effect, The Maher Law Firm is here to help you. We have a long history of protecting the rights of consumers who have been harmed by defective products in Orlando and throughout Florida. Our product liability team took a leading role in Florida’s landmark product liability lawsuit against the tobacco industry in which we constructed a $25 billion settlement. We have also spearheaded national litigation in cases involving dangerous and defective drugs.
Focused On Dangerous Pharmaceutical Drugs & Medical Devices
Our firm has focused on helping those harmed by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, including representing clients harmed by the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin.
We are currently reviewing cases involving:
- Risperdal – Used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder, it has been linked to side effects such as gynecomastia.
- Xarelto – An anti-coagulant (blood-thinner), Xarelto can cause uncontrolled bleeding.
- Testosterone (Low T ) supplements – Used to treat the effects of low testosterone, low-t supplements have been linked heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots.
- Zofran – A popular anti-nausea drug that has been linked to birth defects.
- Transvaginal mesh – Pelvic mesh products used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, including those manufactured by C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Tyco Healthcare, American Medical Systems, and Ethicon (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), which have been reported to cause complications such as infections and bleeding.
- Mirena – A popular IUD which carries risks of device migration and uterine perforation.
Common Defective Product Claims
Our firm has the skill, experience, and resources to assist consumers who have been harmed by a wide range of other products, including:
- Defective automobiles or automotive parts, including defects that involve tires, ignition switches, and airbags
- Motorcycles or other recreational vehicles with defects, including ATVs, mopeds, and scooters
- Personal watercraft such as Sea-Doos and Jet-Skis
- Electronic devices, including televisions and computers
- Tools and equipment such as saws and drills
- Unsafe children’s products, including car seats, high chairs, toys and strollers
- Contaminated foods, including foods tainted with e. coli or salmonella
- Smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products
- Unsafe building materials such as flooring containing formaldehyde
Taking Legal Action for Product-Related Injuries
A manufacturer can be held liable for product-related injuries based on a number of different legal theories, including:
- Strict liability – The manufacturer should always be held responsible for products that cause injury when used as intended
- Negligence – The manufacturer was unreasonably careless or failed to follow industry standards on design or manufacture
- Design defects – An injury was caused by a problem with the actual design of the product
- Manufacturing defects – An injury resulted from a defect that arose during the making of the product
- Breach of express or implied warranty – The company failed to live up to its promise that a product would be safe when used as intended
- Failure to warn – The manufacturer failed to alert the public to the product’s inherent risks.
In addition to manufacturers, distributors and retailers may be held liable for product-related injuries. Whatever legal argument you make, you will need to show that the company’s failure was the direct cause of harm suffered by you or a loved one.
If many others have suffered similar harm as you due to the same alleged product defect, your case could become part of larger mass tort litigation such as:
- Class-action lawsuits – Multiple plaintiffs who suffer the same type of harm due to the same product defect have their claims consolidated into a single lawsuit
- Multi-District Litigation (MDL) – Multiple plaintiffs who were harmed by the same product defect have their independent federal court lawsuits moved before one judge for pre-trial matters
Our firm has extensive experience in these types of product liability cases. In fact, Attorney Steve Maher has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiff’ Steering Committee in two MDLs involving Vytorin/Zetia and Yasmin (Drospirenone).
For Skilled Representation, Turn to Our Orlando Product Liability Attorneys
It is important to understand all of your legal options when you are harmed by a defective product. At The Maher Law Firm, our experienced Orlando product liability lawyers can assist in determining if you should pursue product liability cases in state or federal court or whether you should take action individually or as part of a class-action lawsuit.