If you have been injured by a dangerous product and wish to explore your options for a product liability case, call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 now. Our experienced consumer products lawyers will review your case and guide you through the claims process. We have a No Fee Guarantee, and your initial consultation is free of charge.
What Is a Consumer Product Liability Lawsuit
What is a product liability lawsuit? It is a legal claim brought by consumers who have been injured by defective products through no fault of their own. We are all consumers. We buy products every day to help us in virtually all aspects of our lives, from the food we feed our families, to the cars we drive to work, to the toys that our children play with. We use medical products and devices for various medical conditions at the recommendation of doctors. We assume that the things we buy and the medical devices we use are safe, or else they wouldn’t be sold to us. Unfortunately, that assumption isn’t always correct. Dangerous products in the marketplace regularly make their way into the hands of people and cause serious injuries or even death. When this happens, the injured party can seek compensation for their medical bills and other damages through a product liability lawsuit.
Defective products can cause a wide variety of serious injuries. There are millions of different products in the world and numerous ways that they can cause harm if they are faulty. Here is a sampling of the types of severe injuries that can be caused by dangerous products:
Burns and scalding
Electric shock injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Sadly, defective products don’t only cause serious injuries — they can also cause deaths. A couple of examples: Car parts such as steering systems or brakes can fail, causing accidents that kill vehicle occupants. Small parts that break off of defective toys can choke small children who put the pieces in their mouth. Pacemaker batteries that fail without warning can cause life-threatening consequences.
Contact a Knowledgeable Defective Product Attorney
If you’ve suffered a serious injury because of a faulty product, or if your family member has died, you have the right to explore your legal options. Our injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law are always available to answer your questions. Call us at (713) 973-8888 – or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 – for a free initial consultation with our Houston product liability lawyers.
Why File a Product Liability Lawsuit?
If you’ve suffered serious injuries because a manufacturer sold a defective product, you are already paying the physical price of the company’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden as well. A product liability claim gives you the opportunity to seek payment for:
Medical expenses, including doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, and transportation to medical appointments
Lost income, including future lost earning capacity if you can no longer work or cannot earn at the same income level
Pain and suffering, including ongoing physical pain, emotional trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages
Property damage you might have incurred in using the defective product
The cost of the product itself.
Your expenses from injuries caused by a defective product can add up very quickly. It’s only fair that the businesses that made, distributed, or sold the dangerous product should be held financially responsible for injuries it has caused.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we know that these claims are ultimately about fairness. We fight to ensure that our clients get the best possible recovery under the circumstances. We stand up to manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, and sellers/retailers of these products. We deal firmly with insurance companies to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
Contact a Houston product liability attorney today to schedule your free case evaluation at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
What Does Product Liability Mean?
Product liability is a legal term used to describe the burden of responsibility carried by the makers and sellers of goods. If a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer sells a dangerous product and a consumer suffers serious injuries because of that product, the consumer can file a product liability claim.
It is important to point out that product liability does not only apply to products that we walk into a store and buy ourselves or order over the internet. Product liability law also concerns medical devices that are implanted by doctors or that are used on people during medical treatments. A couple of specific medical devices that have been the subject of claims in recent years are IVC filters and Mirena IUD implants. These are just two examples among many others.
Product liability claims, whether they are related to items we use in our everyday lives or concern medical devices, are extremely important because they ensure that an injured person doesn’t have to pay the costs resulting from the negligence of the companies putting the product into the marketplace. Equally important is the fact that product liability claims can help bring awareness to the dangers of a product and prevent future harm from occurring to other consumers.
Product liability might seem complex to those unfamiliar with this area of the law, but it shouldn’t stop you from exploring your legal options. All you need to know is that you’ve been injured by a dangerous product. The Houston product liability attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law will investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury to find out the nature of the defect, who should be held accountable, and how much you should be entitled to in compensation.
We offer free consultations, and you are under no obligation to move forward with a claim if you don’t wish to do so. Contact our defective product attorneys today to get started by calling (713) 973-8888. You can also chat with us or use our online form. We have a No Fee Guarantee.
Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Product Injury Lawsuit?
The parties most often held accountable for the injuries consumers suffer are the manufacturers of the faulty products. But because a single product (and its components) may be designed, produced, and sold by different companies, it is not always clear where the defect originated. However, all of the companies involved in making a product should design and manufacture products with consumer safety in mind. They should use safe components and make sure that all their products are labeled properly. What they should do and what they actually do can sometimes be two different things.
If a manufacturer sells a dangerous product to a consumer, they can be held accountable through a product injury lawsuit for the harm that the person suffers. There are basically three different reasons for product liability lawsuits—defective design, defective manufacturing, or failure to include adequate safety labeling or other documentation about a product’s proper use.
Proving responsibility for injuries in product liability cases is not as simple as it may appear on the surface. In addition to showing that a product was defective, the injured party must also be able to prove that the defect in the product caused their injury. There are common defenses that manufacturers and suppliers of products use to try to get out of taking responsibility. They may claim that it was the person’s improper use of the product, in a way the maker could not foresee, or alteration of the product that caused the injuries. Skilled product liability attorneys conduct thorough investigations into cases with the help of experts to determine who was at fault for their client’s injuries.
To learn more about your legal options, it is important to speak to an experienced Houston product liability attorney about the circumstances of your injuries. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we can help you learn more about your legal options. We offer free consultations and earn no fee unless we win your product liability case. Call us today at (713) 973-8888, or toll-free at 1 (800) 444-5000.
How Common Are Product-Related Injuries?
There are close to 40 million injuries related to consumer products every year in the United States, and more than 35,000 deaths. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds people that these injuries and deaths are related to and not necessarily caused by consumer goods, and that distinction is important. But the statistics still reveal that the products we buy can – and do – cause an extraordinary amount of harm.
When injuries are due to defective or faulty products, consumers have the right to take legal action to recover costs associated with their injury. When you’re harmed by a defective product, you shouldn’t be left to face the medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses alone. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, a Houston product liability lawyer wants to hold companies accountable when they put profits before your safety. You can call our skilled law firm and speak to a Houston product liability attorney by calling (713) 973-8888.
Any defective product that causes someone harm could be the basis of a product liability claim. There is a long list of examples, though it is most helpful to focus on some of the most common ways consumers suffer serious injuries.
Defective medical devices – Because patients are dependent on medical devices to sustain or improve their health, it’s no surprise that when these devices fail, they can have terrible repercussions. Our firm deals extensively with faulty medical devices, including knee and hip replacements, mesh devices, IVC filters, and pacemakers, to name just a few examples.
Defective drugs and medicines – Just like defective medical devices, the drugs consumers take can be prone to failure or contamination. 20% of new drugs sold to consumers will be recalled or will need to be given an additional safety warning. Some of these products might be purchased as prescription drugs, such as Topamax, while others are available to the public as over-the-counter medications.
Defective automobiles and auto parts – Some of the most highly publicized consumer product hazards center around vehicle parts. Defective airbags, ignitions, and tires have all made headlines for the potential dangers they cause motorists. The number of safety-related recalls in the automobile industry has soared over recent years.
Defective children’s products – Several of the products we buy for our children could pose a threat to their health. For example, defective child safety seats are frequently subject to recalls. Defective toys can present unexpected choking hazards or be prone to explosion if they are powered by a faulty battery.
Improper labeling – Though improper labeling might not sound dangerous, it is actually one of the biggest threats a product can pose to consumers. If a manufacturer fails to notify consumers of how a product should be used, cared for, and stored, an otherwise safe product could become deadly.
These are just a few of the most common types of faulty products, but the list is incredibly long. Common household products like cleaning agents or herbicides used in our gardens carry the potential to cause cancers and other potentially fatal conditions if they are made with dangerous chemicals or are improperly labeled.
Do you know why a product caused you harm? Don’t worry… You don’t need to know all the details of product liability law to get started on your legal claim. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we do the work to make sure your injuries are covered by the at-fault party.
Give us a call at toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 or locally at (713) 973-8888, or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation with our experienced product liability lawyers.
From medical devices to goods on store shelves, nearly any product can be susceptible to a defect. Three common types of defects include:
Design defects: These defects occur when a flaw in the initial design of a product, such as a missing safety latch or handle, leads to injury—even when the product is used as intended.
Manufacturing defects: Poor product construction, due to a factory’s assembly process or a component failure, may lead to injury.
Improper labeling or inadequate instructions: Manufacturers must provide you with clear warning labels and directions to help ensure safe and proper use of their products.
Because a single product may be designed, produced, and sold by different companies, it may not be clear who is responsible for a product’s defect. Our experienced defective product attorneys in Houston, TX, have the legal resources to investigate the details of your injury, so the proper parties can be held accountable. Call us at (713) 973-8888.
When Many Injured Plaintiffs Sue One Defendant
Lawsuits brought by a number of people who suffered similar harm or losses may end up as “class action” and “mass tort” litigation. And though they do share similarities, they are different in how they go about compensating the many people who have been harmed by a single negligent defendant – usually a company. Below is an explanation of both types of civil cases, and also how some mass torts become an MDL – multi-district litigation.
A “class action” lawsuit is one in which a group of people with the same or similar injuries caused by the same product or action sues the defendant as a group… Read More
How Harmful Products Make It Onto the Market
As consumers, we place a certain amount of faith in our institutions. When we go to the grocery store, we trust that the food we’re buying is safe to eat. When we buy cars, we expect that the vehicle will meet certain safety standards. Medical devices, toys for our children, cell phones – we assume that if these products are available for purchase, they are also safe.
However, harmful or defective products regularly make it into the hands of consumers, and they can sometimes cause very serious illness and injury. How is it possible that commonly purchased goods carry the potential to cause us harm? Consumer product-related injuries are often the result of institutional failings, on the part of manufacturers, government agencies, or both… Read More
Recalls and Consumer Safety
One of the most important safeguards against consumer product-related injuries is the use of recalls. Recalls can be issued by the government (the Food & Drug Administration, commonly referred to as the “FDA”), by the CPSC, or by the company that sold, distributed, or manufactured a product. It is important for consumers to be aware of safety-related recalls, but it is often the case that companies do a poor job of alerting buyers about these recalls.
Unfortunately, it is also true that recalls are sometimes issued only after serious injuries have been suffered and several complaints have been filed. That’s why it is important for consumers to seek legal counsel if they have been hurt by a defective product. They may be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffer, and their claim could help alert other consumers about the dangers posed by a faulty product.
Contact a Houston Product Liability Lawyer Today
Texas law limits how long you have to file a product injury lawsuit. Generally, you must bring your product liability case no later than two years from the date of your injury or, in most instances, your lawsuit will not be considered. In some cases, you may bring a suit from the date that you discovered your injury that occurred earlier. ***For the specific statute of limitations and other deadlines that apply to your claim, you should speak directly with an attorney.***
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, it’s important to talk to a lawyer about your injuries as soon as possible. Terry Bryant has more than 35 years of experience protecting the rights of injured people, and we want to help you, too.
To schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, contact an experienced product liability lawyer in Houston by filling out our online contact form or by calling us at (713) 973-8888, or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
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