Many residents of Tampa, Florida, who have children will probably be giving at least one toy to a child or even a baby this holiday season. While they should of course keep in mind what sort of toy the child might enjoy, they also need to keep in mind how safe the product is for the child to use in the first place.
As a previous post discussed, Tampa residents will soon be able to rent an electric scooter to go from place to place downtown or in other areas where people congregate. This latest transportation fad has already taken hold in several other cities across the country.
Tampa will join the growing number of cities that allow pedestrians to rent electric scooters in downtown and other crowded areas here in the coming months. The city was until recently accepting applications from scooter distributers who want to participate in the city's pilot program, which is scheduled to start in February 2018.
Residents of Tampa may have heard the phrase strict liability, but since it is what may be called a term of the trade, those who do not have any legal background may not understand exactly what it means.
Sadly, just because the federal Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, approves a drug for marketing in Florida and other parts of the country, it does not mean that the drug is automatically safe.
The decision of a federal appellate court made a splash in the headlines recently and, although from another part of the country, may have an ongoing impact among Tampa, Florida, residents who are victims of dangerous drugs.
One of the latest trends in car manufacturing is to add high-tech systems which help drivers by braking automatically when an object is in the car's path. Moreover, other established features that have been around for decades, like cruise control, have seen recent improvements.
Many people may have heard something about strict liability when they've watched or read the news. However, they may not understand exactly what this legal doctrine entails. In fact, it is a development in the law that can be tremendously helpful to Tampa-area victims of dangerous or defective products.
In Florida - and across the United States - more than two dozen people have died and more have become ill due to carbon dioxide poisoning from vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions. Quieter engines, that run even when the fob is removed from the car, compound the problem. The preventable tragedies that have resulted from the design of these vehicles are the subject of several wrongful death and product liability suits in many jurisdictions.
Defects in the design or manufacture of consumer goods or products, like cars, trucks or airplanes, can have disastrous consequences. From a legal perspective, such defects are usually examined in terms of strict or products liability standpoint. However, as Florida residents were once gain reminded, when such defects exist in the infrastructure that people rely on in their day-to-day lives, the results can be fatal.