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  • Tavares Office

    Address

    203 N. St. Clair Abrams Avenue
    Tavares, Florida 32778-3259

  • Inverness Office

    Address

    303 Tompkins Street
    Suite 180
    Inverness, Florida 34450

    Phone

    352-344-1882

  • Clermont Office

    Address

    481 E. Highway 50
    #201
    Clermont, Florida 34711

    Phone

    352-242-1933

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    I am a trial attorney who had been practicing law for ten years. Attorneys only hire the best when the things that matter the most in their own lives are threatened with harm. That is why I hired Christopher R. Largey of Largey Law when my ...
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    Following my car accident I was referred by a friend to Largey Law Firm. Chris Largey agreed to take my case. He and Rosie along with his staff were very reassuring that they would take care if all my legal issues dealing with the insuran...
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    — Steve Jones

  • 5.0/5.0

    As a family law attorney, I had the opportunity to work with Chris in a case involving an injunction that was part of a family law matter that I was involved in. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a criminal law attorney. In my opinion, he ...
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    Informative friendly and helpful professional. Passionate and caring for the right of the person represented.

    — Marc Lovric

Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim Against a Product Manufacturer?

When consumers buy a product on the open market, they have the right to expect that product is safe for its intended use. But every year, thousands of consumers are injured and many are killed by defective consumer products. If you have lost a loved one because of a fatal injury caused by a product defect, one way to seek justice is a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer. 

To prevail in your lawsuit, you would have to prove a number of elements:

  • The product had a defect at the time it was sold — For you to be able to sue the manufacturer, the defect has to be built into the product. If a defect occurs when the product is installed or maintained, your action would be against the company that installed it or serviced it.
  • The defect made the product unreasonably unsafe — “How dangerous is too dangerous” is a question for a judge or jury to decide. Some products, such as chain saws, are known to be inherently dangerous. Manufacturers can sometimes shield themselves from liability by labeling products with warnings to consumers, provided the warnings are adequate. You must prove that because of the defect, the manufacturer’s product was not safe for sale to the public.
  • The victim used the product as intended or misused it in a way that was foreseeable — Negligent misuse of a product can bar the injured party from suing if it seems that the injury happened because of the misuse rather than with a defect in the product. However, the court could decide the manner in which the victim misused the device was predictable, and the manufacturer should have planned for it.
  • The defect in the product caused a fatal injury to the victim — There has to be an unbroken chain of causation from the defect to the injury to the victim’s death. If the defective product injured the victim but another subsequent event was the direct cause of death, the victim can only recover for the injury. For example, if the victim received incompetent medical treatment for wounds, the death might be due to medical malpractice, not product defect.

Products liability cases are complex, requiring in-depth investigation and testing of the product. Defendants are generally large corporations often willing to spend millions of dollars defending claims. For these reasons, it is very important to retain an experienced products liability attorney to prosecute your wrongful death claim. 

If your loved one lost their life to a defective product, trust Largey Law to fight aggressively for justice. To schedule an appointment with an experienced wrongful death lawyer at our firm, call 352-253-0456 or contact our office online.