Imagine that you are affected with an illness which would require the instant administration of a life-saving drug to stop an adverse reaction. Now, imagine trying to give yourself or your loved one that drug, but the delivery fails. This exact scenario is much more common than one might think, and in fact, has recently been brought to light by several instances of defective Epipens.
When the manufacturer of a consumer product releases an item into the stream of commerce, they have a duty to ensure that users of the product will be able to handle it and use it as intended in a safe manner. Any Florida resident who has bought something in its original packaging has probably found warnings, labels, and instructions included with the product that describe what users should and should not do with the product to keep themselves out of harm's way. When those warnings fail to keep individuals safe the manufacturers of the products may be liable for the harmed persons' injuries.
Generally, when an injured party wishes to show that another caused them to suffer injuries or harm the injured person must demonstrate that the responsible party was careless or negligent in their actions. Negligence forms the basis of many Florida personal injury cases and implies that the injury-causing party's conduct did not meet the standard of duty or care expected of them at the time the incident occurred.
It can take years for the manufacturer of goods to develop and release a product for consumer use and consumption. During that time, the manufacturer may take the product through various iterations, refining its design and improving its usability to increase its likelihood of being bought. During that time, manufacturers also often look for ways to ensure their products comply with consumer safety standards.
Every year, new products hit the shelves of local Tampa stores that contain labels and advertisements that tout the products' potential benefits to consumers. One product that may be of interest to Floridians is an allegedly drinkable sunscreen that claims it can provide UVA protection to those who consume it. However, an attorney general from a Midwestern state does not buy the company's claims and believes that the product will cause harm to unsuspecting consumers.
There is an unfortunate irony in learning that a product specifically designed to protect consumers is the bases for one of the largest automotive defective product scandals in United States history. The case revolves around metal canisters used to trigger airbags for deployment in the event of an automobile accident. A compound in the canisters used to create a small explosion to trigger the deployment is vulnerable to humidity and heat however, and may deteriorate and burn too quickly, causing a larger explosion which may send deadly shrapnel into its victims.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has certain industry standards that are applied to many medications and drugs produced and sold in the United States. The agency requires that manufacturers properly test the drugs before releasing them for public use. The purpose is to assure the drug's safety or to warn medical professionals and the consumer of potential side-effects related to the drug in question.
Many Americans are aware of the dangers of asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos is a dangerous mineral that is often used in both industrial construction materials as well as consumer products. If its fibers are inhaled however, the exposure could result in many serious health problems, including cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Some are calling it a miracle. Twin brothers managed to escape tragedy thanks to the quick thinking of a two year old toddler who saved his brother trapped under a dresser when it landed on them. The entire incident was captured on the family's nanny cam and went viral on social media after the family decided to post it.
Hummus, a dip made from mashed chickpeas, has become a popular and healthy snack item in Tampa. However, Tampa residents may be concerned to hear that tubs of hummus produced by the Sabra Dipping Company have been recalled due to the possibility that the hummus has been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was voluntarily done by the company.