Florida Defective Product Damages

In product liability cases, as in other cases involving personal injury or property damage, the person injured (the plaintiff) can recover compensation (money) for any injuries or damages that could have been foreseen if someone marketed a defective or unreasonably dangerous product.

You should consult your Florida product liability attorney about what kinds of damages you might recover in your individual case, but the following overview can tell you the kinds of damages that are generally available:

Damages are usually divided into economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, other related expenses, and lost wages. Non-economic damages are pain and suffering.

Medical expenses can include medical care, hospitalization, ambulance services, prescription and other medicines, medical supplies, prostheses, and home nursing. Present medical expenses are those that have been incurred by the time the case is resolved in settlement or trial. If the injured person still needs medical care, he or she will also be entitled to future medical expenses for as long as the injury persists.

The plaintiff can recover other kinds of expenses. These often involve the expense of hiring people to do the things the plaintiff is unable to do because of the injury. These might be things like cleaning, shopping, cooking, driving children, doing laundry, and doing gardening. A person with a long-term injury or permanent disability may also need someone to provide personal care and modifications to a car, house, or apartment."