When you go grocery shopping and pick up packed and processed food and beverages, you seldom think that it could lead to as serious an issue as an injury. Yet, this may happen at times. Everyday millions of tons of processed food come to the market and there are chances that a foreign object gets in it mistakenly.
Even with utmost care, it is impossible to make it 100% errorless. Reports of people finding glass shards in soup or tooth in candy bars, though rare, are quite disgusting. What do you do if something like this happens to you? Well, you can inform the manufacturer/dealer of the defect and let them take the initiative to rectify the problem.
Do you file a case?
However, this is not a wise option if the product was the cause of injuries. If you, or a loved one, suffer injuries for such a defective product, Florida laws give you the right to sue the manufacturer/dealer for damage recovery. You need a personal injury lawyer before you take any initiative.
Only a lawyer can assess whether you have a case or not. Many a times, you can come across a foreign object in your food. However, if it does not cause any sort of damage, i.e. injury, you do not have the right to file a suit. Always remember, filing a false claim can lead you to legal trouble (the company could sue you back).
Do you have a case?
What kind of damages entitles recovery? Only a personal injury lawyer proficient in Florida laws can tell you whether what you consider damage is reasonable enough as grounds for suing. Some acceptable grounds are medical expenses for the injury, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and so on.
Can you sue on grounds of psychological damages? Yes. However, proving this is even more difficult. Biting into a candy bar and finding a tooth can be disgusting, but this won’t make a meritorious case. You must prove that your experience was traumatic to file a suit and claim damage recovery.
Get in touch with a Florida personal injury lawyer if you think that you have a case. Don’t delay in this or the statute of limitations would prevent you from filing a case. The state laws give you 4 years for this. However, the more you delay talking to a lawyer, the more you lose chances of getting damage recovery.
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Narrated by: Darren Marlar