If you’ve been injured by a defective motor vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation through product liability laws. Though pinpointing fault in a car liability lawsuit may seem straightforward — you know the car’s make and model — there are many more factors and parties to consider than those listed on your car’s tailgate.
A Florida defective car lawyer understands the complexities of product liability law and will know how to handle lawsuits involving various manufacturers, production companies, and other corporate entities.
A Defective Car Lawyer Strengthens Your Product Liability Lawsuit
Product Liability Lawsuits Require Investigation
As intimidating as it sounds, product liability lawsuits require plaintiffs to provide specific evidence tying their injury to the alleged defect.
If you’re reading this article, it’s unlikely that you’re well-versed in collecting evidence and investigating product defect and injury claims. An experienced Florida defective car lawyer will have a network of experts to pull from and will have the investigative resources needed to support your claim.
Forgoing a Lawyer May Lower Your Compensation
Florida product liability law abides by comparative fault. That means that your potential compensation amount will be lowered by whatever percentage of fault is determined to be yours. This would affect economic and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering and loss of income.
An experienced Florida defective car lawyer knows how to conduct a thorough investigation to make sure that you are not wrongfully blamed for the fault of a defect.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has won their product liability clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements. In an auto defect lawsuit involving malfunctioning airbags, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath won their client $269,000.
Unfortunately, product defects can cause fatal injuries. If that happens, a personal injury lawsuit can become a wrongful death lawsuit. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath handled a lawsuit involving a fatal tire defect and won their clients an $11 million settlement.
Liability Lawsuits Are Complicated
Defects may be present in any aspect of a car, from its gas tank placement to malfunctioning tires or airbags. The range of possible defective items and designs means you must work with an experienced defective car lawyer who can handle such investigative demands.
While no legal claim is simple, motor vehicle product liability lawsuits are made especially complicated by the potential number of defendants. In liability lawsuits, Florida law allows plaintiffs to name designers, manufacturers, installation or assembly entities, and other parties involved in the product’s creation and distribution process.
What is required in a car defect product liability lawsuit?
Defective product liability lawsuits require two main pieces of evidence: that the product’s defect caused the plaintiff’s injury and that the product was being used as intended.
While there is other important evidence involved in these lawsuits, the above points are the building blocks of the entire case. A Florida defective car lawyer will know how to connect the dots to best support your claim.
What if I have a medical condition that made me prone to injury?
You cannot be faulted for having a medical condition that makes you prone to injuries that wouldn’t have been suffered by someone without your condition. A Florida defective car lawyer will know your options and how best to proceed.
What if my car is a lemon?
Florida law protects consumers who have purchased a vehicle and have found it to have irreparable “nonconformities” within a certain period of time. These vehicles are “dubbed lemons” per the law’s colloquial name “lemon law.”
The nonconformity cannot substantially impair the safety of the vehicle or its occupants. As such, you may be able to pursue a product liability lawsuit if your car’s “nonconformities” or defects led to your injury.
Let a Defective Car Lawyer Help
Injuries caused by defective cars are often accompanied by sudden medical bills, ongoing treatment costs, loss of income, and other unexpected strains on your financial stability. In addition to pure economic costs, you also may be struggling with the emotional trauma of the injury itself, which could, in turn, lead to even more medical screenings, treatments, and medications.
Let a defective car lawyer help you get the compensation and treatment you need and deserve. Contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today for a free product liability case evaluation.