Farmers routinely use machines that make their day-to-day jobs easier. This machinery is typically very heavy and requires some basic skills to operate. The unfortunate reality is that, each year, a number of people in Florida are injured and even killed due to defects in farm equipment. If you have been hurt in a farm equipment accident, we can help. Our skilled Miami product liability attorneys can assess the specifics of your situation and determine all of your legal options.
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, Florida had 47,300 commercial farms and ranches in 2015. This totaled 9.45 million acres of the state. The average farm size was approximately 200 acres. That same year, Florida ranked seventh in the United States for agricultural exports, with over $4 billion worth of agricultural commodities shipped in 2015.
The high level of farm activity in Florida also means that many accidents take place. In some cases, these accidents are caused by farm equipment defects or malfunctions. Due to the size and power of farm equipment, any mishap can have devastating consequences for the individual operating the machinery.
If you have been injured due to faulty farm equipment, you can typically recover compensation for your harm through a product liability claim. Product liability refers to a manufacturer or retailer being held liable for putting a faulty product into the market. Product liability lawsuits can be rooted in the following types of defects: manufacturing defects, design defects, or failures to warn.
A manufacturing defect takes place when an error is made in the actual creation of a product, resulting in an item that deviates from the others. A design defect takes place when there is an inherent flaw in a product’s design, which makes it fundamentally unsafe for consumers. A failure to warn claim may be proper when a manufacturer does not give consumers adequate information about its product’s use and the dangers associated with using the product. The legal theory that fits your case will depend on the specific circumstances of your situation.
An injured victim who establishes liability may be able to recover the following damages: medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and any other losses arising from the accident. If you have lost a loved one due to faulty farm equipment, you may be able to seek wrongful death damages from the at-fault party.
If you or your loved one was injured due to faulty or defective farm equipment, it is imperative to contact an experienced Miami product liability attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can help guide you through the entire legal process. With years of experience, we understand how to resolve cases in an effective and efficient manner. We will aim to settle your case and get you the full and fair compensation you deserve. If that does not work, we are not afraid to advocate for your rights at trial. To learn more about your case, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online as soon as possible.
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