Ice Cream Recall
Consumers of a popular flavor of ice cream purchased at a chain of grocery stores with a strong presence in Florida are being encouraged to return the product to the stores from which they were purchased for a refund. The recall affects only one flavor of ice cream and is being issued due to concerns about the possibility that one of the ingredients used to make the product has been contaminated by listeria. Fortunately, in this case, it seems as though the potentially hazardous situation has been discovered before anyone was harmed by the product – but all too often a product defect is discovered only after victims have suffered personal injury.
Strictly Speaking – Manufacturers Are Held Liable for Injuries Caused By Their Defective Products
When consumers suffer personal injury resulting from the use of a product, the question of who is liable for those injuries may arise. In Florida, it is simple – the manufacturer of the product will be held liable for injuries caused by their defective product. This concept, known in the legal world as strict liability, means that even if the manufacturer has taken all the proper precautions regarding the safety of its product, if there exists a defect that makes the product dangerous to the consumer, then the manufacturer is liable for damages.
Product Contamination Equals Product Defects
There is little argument that can be made that product contamination is not a defect and, accordingly, if a consumer were to purchase a defective product and become sick from its use, the manufacturer would be liable for whatever damages and losses were incurred. The contamination at issue with the grocery store ice cream, listeria, can cause serious complications for those with weakened immune systems as well as pregnant mothers and their unborn children including flu-like symptoms, infection, life-threatening conditions such as meningitis, and even miscarriages and stillbirths. If a victim has consumed to listeria-tainted products, there may be no symptoms at all. However, as with so many other medical conditions, prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment, possibly including a course of antibiotic treatment, is extremely important to ensure the greatest chance of full and prompt recovery with no residual side effects or further complications.
Alan Goldfarb, P.A. Can Help With Product Liability Issues
When you purchase a product from your local grocery store such as a carton of ice cream, the last thing you expect is to suffer harm and personal injury as a result of eating it – but it can, and does, happen. If you have suffered personal injuries as a result of using a defective product, you are entitled to recover for your losses. The office of Alan Goldfarb, P.A. in Miami can help you obtain the recovery you deserve. Whether it is medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering that has been caused by faulty products, we can help you get compensation. Our Miami product liability attorneys will work with you to determine the extent of your losses and will explain your rights and responsibilities under Florida law. Contact us now to get started with a consultation at no cost or obligation to you.