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Professional Negligence:

Defective Design

Defective Design Attorneys

When manufacturers put their profit before our safety, their defective designs can cost lives at home and on the road.

When we watch news stories about deaths or devastating injuries due to consumer products, in many cases the fatal – or near-fatal – flaw is in their design. We have to wonder, did the manufacturers know that the design was dangerous? And if they did, why didn’t they tell us?

At Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, we not only wonder . . . we take action by holding manufacturers accountable and seeking justice for our clients.

Searcy Denney lawyers have experience handling cases involving the defective design of vehicles.


One of the most heinous examples of the consequences of defective design is in automobile manufacturing.

Despite rising gas prices, we Americans have bonded with our cars and have formed a trusting relationship with car manufacturers. We feel snug and secure in our seat belts. We believe what we hear about safety features such as crumple zones, side impact airbags, and passenger restraint systems.

Sometimes, life-threatening safety problems are the best-kept secrets.

What we don’t always hear about are the safety problems that literally can turn our lives upside down.

For example, when a vehicle rolls over in a crash, the roof structure is supposed to be designed to bear the weight of the rollover, protecting the driver and passengers from harm. When safety standards are overlooked, roofs fall and families are paralyzed or killed.

Similarly, federal law requires auto manufacturers to notify the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration within five days of discovering a safety defect. Yet by the time Toyota sounded the alarm about gas pedal problems with its vehicles and announced a recall, more than 8 million cars and drivers had been put at risk.

Manufacturers of defectively-designed products and their attorneys are quick to make consumers the culprits; in automobile defect cases, they blame speed or negligent driving. But the attorneys at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley know better.

We are not afraid to challenge the big automakers on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced Florida defective design lawyer.

If a loved one has died, or you or a family member has been injured, because of defective design, our attorneys are prepared to pursue justice against even the world’s largest manufacturers. Please fill out our Contact Form, or call us to learn more and arrange for a confidential free consultation.

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