Joe Osborne & Greg Francis, Personal Injury Lawyers & Founders of Osborne & Francis

Florida Product Liability Lawyers

Hire a Florida Defective Product Liability Lawyer

Defective products can range from inconvenient to potentially fatal. In seeking justice for the harm caused by bad consumer goods, a defective product attorney may be needed to investigate the source of the issue.

Ideally, there should be fail-safes in place to make sure every item you buy, service you use, or food you consume doesn’t cause harm. However, people get injured by defective products because somewhere along the line, something went wrong. 

Injuries caused by a defective product can be severe and life-changing for the consumer. Such injuries may require legal action to ensure the injured person is fully reimbursed for losses associated with the injury. 

The Florida product liability attorneys at Osborne & Francis have the experience necessary to investigate the origin of a product’s defectiveness, and hold the responsible parties accountable. If you have questions about a defective consumer product, call us today at (561) 293-2600.

To learn more about your consumer product protections, and the product liability laws that apply to those who make and sell products, read on.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

What Does a Financial Award or Settlement Mean for Consumers?

If you were sold a defective or dangerous consumer good that caused you injury, a successful verdict or settlement could mean:

  • A refund for the defective item you were sold.
  • Financial support for medical bills due to hospitalization, doctor’s visits, physical therapy, or medication necessary after a defective product injury.
  • Payment for lost wages or employment opportunities if your injury interrupted your work or career.
  • Monetary acknowledgment for pain and suffering due to the damage and stress caused by a defective consumer product.
  • Wrongful death compensation if the defective product caused or contributed to a loved one’s death.
  • Industry improvements such as a product recall, a change in design safety or manufacturing quality, or life-saving warnings on products.

Seeking legal amends for your situation could help change industry standards, and make the world safer for those around you. Contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 for dedicated representation.

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What Are Consumer Products?

A shorter answer might be to list what aren’t consumer products, because just about everything we buy is a consumer product — a.k.a. a “final good” at the end of the manufacturing process. Consumer products are the things we buy online and off shelves.

Here are the main four consumer product categories:

  • Convenience: Frequently bought products that customers rarely go without or even think about because they’re relatively inexpensive. These are products like toothpaste, most grocery items, skin and hair care products, and pens. They’re products you’d expect to find in any city or small town, mall or gas station, whenever you desire them.
  • Shopping: Products that you buy less frequently and often consider more carefully are shopping products, items like clothing, electronics, drugs or medicines, furniture, airline tickets, or used cars. This is an area where quality and price make a great deal of difference for consumers.
  • Specialty: The next tier of goods includes specialty brands or niche products. This includes items like high-end cars, designer clothing, or high-quality equipment for photography, sports, or music. Luxury watches and exotic perfumes also fall in this far more expensive category.
  • Unsought: This section includes products you may not think or even know about under normal circumstances. Items like life insurance, engagement rings, and fire extinguishers are examples of rarely-made purchases in this category.

Products from any of these categories can cause harm if they are defective in any way. In many cases, entire product lines can be subject to a recall if they are causing harm to many consumers due to the same issue.

What Is Strict Product Liability?

In strict product liability cases, instead of proving negligence, a consumer and their lawyer need only prove that:

  • The product was unsafe or dangerous by design, manufacture, or distribution
  • The good was intended to meet the customer without alteration between design/manufacture and sale
  • The product caused injury

In negligence cases, intention matters, but under strict product liability law, it may not. The Florida product liability lawyers at Osborne & Francis are equipped to investigate defective consumer products on your behalf, and can help gather the evidence required for full consideration of your rights under the law.

Are Defective Medical Devices Consumer Products?

The office of Osborne & Francis has extensive experience in representing patients injured by defective medical devices such as knee replacement implants, hip replacements, spinal implants, and vena cava (heart vein) implants. These devices are not classified as consumer products because a person cannot buy and implant such a device without a doctor or surgeon.

However, there are consumer medical devices on the market, and they can be dangerous if they are defective, or sold without proper warning and instruction. This includes microneedling kits, home testing supplies for diabetes, and electronic stimulators that could lead to injuries like scarring, infections, or burns.

We at Osborne & Francis are passionate in our advocacy for consumers who have been let down or misinformed regarding both consumer products and defective medical devices. If you have questions about a harmful item that has impacted you, call us at (561) 293-2600 for a free consultation regarding your rights.

The items you buy should be for your benefit, not your detriment — contact the offices of Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 if you’ve been injured by a consumer product. Pursuing legal action is one way to bring these safety issues to light, and potentially prevent others from being harmed.


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Quick and fair resolution to a unique case. On advice of my own attorney, I engaged Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis of Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Osborne had considerable experience in cases such as mine and the results showed that. Mr. Osborne and his staff were very helpful, kept me up to date, and listened to my input. The settlement was very fair as far as I am concerned.

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“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne & Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case.The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, we settled for 3 times that amount!!! When they say ‘Real Tough Lawyers,’ they mean it.”

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“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

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How Can I Contact a Florida Product Liability Lawyer?

There is a harmful assumption among the population that injury from a consumer product must be the fault of the customer, but that is simply not the case. When a consumer good is designed, made, or sold irresponsibly, resulting injuries should not be dismissed as merely a matter of ‘user error’ — another party may be liable.

Dangerous product defects deserve full consideration under the law. Injured consumers may be entitled to significant compensation for any injuries or losses caused by a defective product.

Why Hire Osborne & Francis

At Osborne & Francis, we have decades of combined experience handling complex personal injury claims. Our attorneys have returned significant results for our clients, including a $9.475 million verdict in connection with dangerous pharmaceuticals. 

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a consumer product, contact the offices of Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a product liability attorney. For your convenience, we have offices located in Boca Raton, Orlando, Lakeland, and West Palm Beach.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some common consumer product injuries?

Consumer products touch just about every aspect and area of our lives. Thus, the types of injuries associated with defective products are broad and far-ranging as well. Common types of product injuries and safety risks include:

  • Burn injuries 
  • Electrocution
  • Choking hazards
  • Lacerations or cuts
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals (often connected with vape products)
  • Fire hazards
  • Falling or collapsing objects
  • Mechanical failure

Some defective product injuries are immediately apparent, while some can take time to develop (such as those involving chemical exposure). If you are unsure of whether a product was the source of your injury, contact a lawyer for guidance. 

Who is responsible for defective products?

Product liability may be proven in areas of design, manufacturing, or selling/distribution. However, injuries from defective products may overlap between these three general categories, and product liability lawyers like those of us at Osborne & Francis can help investigate the source. Determining accountability for consumer injuries is difficult, but our legal team can assist with your case.

How can a Florida defective product attorney help me?

Product liability claims can be complex and may involve various overlapping legal concepts and issues. The assistance of an experienced product liability attorney is typically necessary when filing a product liability lawsuit. A skilled attorney can help by performing tasks such as: 

  • Listening to the facts of your claim
  • Researching the laws that apply to your situation
  • Gathering evidence in support of your case
  • Building a strong litigation strategy
  • Negotiating for a just and fair remedy

The outcome of your case and the compensation you receive may often depend on the skill and experience of the attorney handling your lawsuit. Thus, it’s important to select an attorney who has tried cases like yours before. 

When do I need a defective product attorney?

A defective product lawyer may aid in proving that you were injured by a defective product or consumer good, and help you seek fair treatment under the law. You should reach out to an attorney as soon as you are injured or suspect you have a legal issue, as filing deadlines may apply. Contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 for a free and confidential consultation regarding your rights as a consumer.