Manufacturing Defects Responsible for the Most Wrongful DeathsTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. October 16, 2013
As consumers, people rely on the assumption that the product they are purchasing is safe and adequate for its intended use. For the most part, these products come with a written warranty and warnings regarding safe operation.
When a defect created at the manufacturing level causes injury or death, however, protecting the victim’s rights can be difficult.
A manufacturing defect on an automobile can occur in any one of the number of parts that go into building a car. When this defect causes an automobile collision, it can be hard to prove that the faulty party caused the injury.
Many factors come under investigation by the law enforcement officers at the crash site. It is not always readily apparent that the tire was defective, the brakes failed or steering capabilities locked up.
Many professions rely on the use of heavy equipment. Several industries such as building, mining and manufacturing may use such things as forklifts, jackhammers, cranes and dump trucks in the course of doing business. A manufacturing defect in heavy equipment can turn deadly remarkably quickly.
The issue of manufacturer’s defects in medication is a particularly dangerous one. Issues arise like the steroids tainted with fungal meningitis at the manufacturing level.
There are a number of considerations in determining the association between defective products and wrongful death. For some instances like the tainted steroids, it may be a matter of identifying the bad drug and tracing it back to the source.
In the case of automobile brakes, it may be more difficult to prove that it was the fault of the defective brakes and not the driver. Likewise, an industrial accident must be investigated to determine whether the cause was the person operating the equipment or a manufacturer’s defect.
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Should Florida residents need more information regarding establishing the connection between a wrongful death and potential manufacturers defects, they may wish to contact a Tampa wrongful death lawyer. Call the law offices of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for a free initial case evaluation and consultation at 1-800-538-4878 today.
Because of the fact that cases involving product or medication defect injuries may be highly complex and exceedingly specific, our law firm commonly works with other law firms who have considerable experience in each particular case type. Thus, we may be referring these types of cases to a separate firm, with whom we typically associate and work with on a co-counsel basis.