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If you have been injured by an automobile accident causes by one of the vehicles involved in the Toyota Recall, you may have a product liability case. These cases have a four year statute of limitations so even if you were involved in an accident last year or the year before, call us. You still have time. We will need to know when the accident occurred, what caused the accident, and whether or not you still have the car involved in the accident.

Manufacturers and designers have a legal obligation to ensure that products are designed correctly, that they have passed quality control tests, that no dangerous or defective products enter the market, and, if necessary, that each product has a warning label that is easy to locate and understand. Product liability cases typically fall into one of the following categories:

•Design Defect – If a product is inherently dangerous, regardless of whether or not it is being used properly, then it has a design defect. An example of a design defect would be a wheelbarrow with insufficient load-bearing capacity, as wheelbarrows are used specifically for transferring heavy loads. Another example is a car which rolls over at relatively low speeds. Another example is an all terrain fork lift which when it rolls over, which everybody knows it will, fails to protect the operator from injury.

•Manufacturing Defect – A product may be considered to have a manufacturing defect if the product differs from the original design as a result of the manufacturing process, or if the materials used or methods of construction weakened the product in some manner. The use of improper materials or poor quality control standards can cause manufacturing defects.

•Failure to Warn – If a product can pose a risk of injury or harm to the user as a result of being utilized for its intended function or in a manner that the manufacturer or designer should have foreseen, the manufacturer or designer is responsible for warning the consumer of such risks. If a ladder manufacturer fails to warn consumers about the risks of utilizing the top step, for example, they may be considered liable of any injuries that occur as a result.

When a consumer is harmed as a result of a defective product, the manufacturer (and sometimes the wholesaler, designer, or retailer) can be held liable, regardless of whether the party acted negligently or not. The manufacturer or retailer can be held liable for damages as long as the consumer was using the product as it was meant to be used at the time of his or her injury, or in a manner in which the manufacturer or designer should have foreseen. To schedule a free consultation in the Miami, Florida area regarding a product liability claim, contact an attorney from our law office today.

We are fighting… for the safety and security of you and your family. Making cruise lines, other commercial facilities, and products safer and more secure, one case at a time.

Call us today. All consultations are free and strictly confidential. TOLL FREE: 1.800.215.7117. See our website for information on what to do in the event of an accident involving serious injuries or death: See also The bottom line is get medical care immediately, take photos of the area where you were injured, get the names and contact information of witnesses, and report the accident at once. Also, CALL HICKEY LAW FIRM, P.A., TOLL FREE AT: 1.800.215.7117. Our consultations are always free. We work on a contingency fee basis; If we don’t recover, you don’t pay. Personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assaults, and medical malpractice. We have handled these types of claims for 28 years.

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. is headed up by John H. (Jack) Hickey. Hickey was born and raised in Miami, Florida. For the first 17 years of his career, Hickey represented the railroads, cruise lines, and insurance companies. Now he represents you, the seriously injured, the family of a loved one who has died as a result of someone else’s negligence, the victim of a sexual assault, or the victim of medical malpractice.

Hickey testified before Congress on crime and security onboard cruise ships, and on claims against cruise lines. Hickey is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. Hickey has been named by his peers as a “SUPERLAWYER” in the publication (the top 5% of all lawyers); as a “Top Lawyer in South Florida” in the areas of personal injury and maritime in the South Florida Legal Guide (2004 to present); and as a “Legal Elite” member in Florida Trend Magazine (2006) (top 1.7% of all lawyers). He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America. Hickey is rated A/V by Martindale Hubbell, the international directory of lawyers, a rating achieved by only 5% of all attorneys.


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