Every year, thousands of people are hurt by dangerous and defective products. There are a variety of different products that you might see involved in a Dallas product liability lawsuit, including baby’s products, automobile parts, and medical devices.
Any kind of consumer product could potentially be a dangerous or defective product. If that product causes injury or illness to anyone who purchases and uses that product, they may get sued for product liability. A product may pose danger due to a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a marketing defect. Here are some explanations for each of those.
In the case of a design defect, the product’s original design is somehow inherently defective. Examples include:
Rather than inherent in the design of the product, this is when a mistake is made during the manufacturing process, such as:
If there is a failure to warn the consumer for a product that does pose a knowable danger, or if the product lacks appropriate instructions or warning labels for the consumer to be able to use it safely, it could cause an injury that leads to a Dallas product liability lawsuit. Here are some ways a marketing defect can occur:
A defective product is a consumer product that causes injury or illness to a user during normal use due to a dangerous defect that the common consumer would not notice. In instances where a common consumer would easily notice a defective product, they could return or exchange it where they purchased it from, but it’s better to also report the defect to the manufacturer. The user can file a product liability claim if instructions or warnings are not clear or detailed enough, the product is unsafe, or it is inherently defective and the user experienced harm.
One example of a manufacturing defect is a car manufactured without an essential component of the brakes. Another is a medication mistakenly manufactured with an excess of a certain ingredient that made it hazardous to ingest. No matter your injuries, our Dallas product liability lawyers will fight for you to recover compensation.
Some of the most common defective products are:
One major category of dangerous products is children’s products. Due to their purpose of intended use for children, they must adhere to specific product safety standards and testing. Whether they are toys, clothing, or furniture, these types of defects cause injuries through choking hazards, harmful chemicals, or improperly made parts.
Fidget spinners are an example of children’s products that are a choking hazard to small children. Although they look safe enough, many fidget spinners are made for children aged 6 and up, while others vary in age groups. Reputable sellers have product safety labels with warnings that they are choking hazards.
Phthalates are a controversial chemical that has been found in some children’s products along with plastic packaging. Because the amounts have endocrine-disrupting and other health effects, complaints against them have led to the invention of BPA-free consumer products.
That’s why it’s important to read the labels. When the product is unsafe for its intended age group or demographic, it is defective. Keep in mind that the conditions that make it defective must occur during normal usage. If it is under excessive or improper usage, the injuries caused by the product are not an issue for the average consumer and do not constitute a product liability claim.
Another major type of defective and dangerous product claims are medications and medical devices. Pharmaceutical liability claims are classed as one of the following categories:
Food fraud is the deliberate mislabeling of food products for financial gain. It occurs when the ingredients are mislabeled, which manufacturers sometimes do when there are fake ingredients used as cheap filler. Consumers deserve to know what they’re eating because of personal preferences, allergies, dietary or religious reasons – in other words, they want to get what they pay for. Some of the largest potential offenders of food fraud are companies that sell the following foods:
Some home furniture contains VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which off-gas into people’s homes and can cause respiratory illness, breathing problems, and other reactions. Another issue with furniture is that when it is built in a defective way, it can collapse and cause injuries. Many of those people injured because of defective home furnishings are children, such as when the products tip off and fall on them.
The household products most often recalled are:
Faulty vehicle parts and defective vehicles are dangerous for the drivers as well as everyone else on the road. Unfortunately, some defects are not visible or noticeable until the vehicle has been driven. Many vehicle parts affect the function of the vehicle to the point where it poses a serious threat to the driver’s life.
The inherent risk of purchasing a used vehicle as-is in its current condition means you may be getting a car that has a dangerous issue. The “lemon law” holds car salesmen responsible for selling defective cars in situations where the car’s buyer discovered a dangerous issue after a short period of time. The laws also apply to the sale of new cars that consumers lease or buy and are unable to get repaired under the manufacturer’s original warranty.
What if you are purchasing a used car that has been recalled for safety reasons? Dealerships can sell used cars with active or open recalls, but not new ones. They do not have to research whether a particular used vehicle has had a recall, and if they do not know, they cannot be held liable for not telling you.
For this reason, it is extremely important to have a mechanic inspect any used vehicle you want to purchase and, if you are purchasing it from a dealership, to have a service contract or warranty. You should also make sure to check the vehicle history report and repair record, as well as read reviews for the make and model.
Product liability law comes with a set of criteria and rules to protect against any kind of loss from the normal and expected use of a product. Texas law allows you to file a lawsuit against a manufacturer, distributor or other potentially liable party if you both encounter a dangerous product and get harmed by it. The term ‘product liability’ refers to the responsibility of the merchant or manufacturer to sell safe products to consumers. When that duty of care is breached, there are rights granted to all of us to seek compensation for any damages we may sustain from an injury caused by the product.
The most well-understood basic consumer right is the right to product safety. When consumers use the product as directed for their intended purpose, they expect that the product is reasonably safe. If it’s not entirely safe, consumers expect to be warned about it in clear and easily identifiable language. The law states that this is required.
That brings us to another right that consumers have with regard to the products they purchase, and that is the consumer right to be informed. In other words, you as a consumer are entitled to have sufficient information to compare alternatives and avoid misleading or false claims in labeling and advertising practices. It is especially important for health care devices and medications, or anything a consumer puts into or near their body. This right is based on informed consent since consumers are likely to harm themselves when using a product about which they were not sufficiently informed. Laws against unfair competition and lawsuits regarding false claims led to this right.
The right to choose is a third consumer right. It means the ability to have a variety of competing goods and services. They should offer alternatives in terms of service, quality, and price so that consumers can make decisions about their purchases based on their needs and desires. Many statutory provisions such as antitrust and unfair competition laws exist to support this right.
A formidable fourth right is the right to be heard. This consumer right translates to the reporting of consumers’ concerns to the government, who assures consumers that it will protect them through administrative regulations and statutes. The result of this right creates alternatives to and encourages greater efficiency in existing consumer products.
When a product does not meet consumer standards because of an unexpected flaw, it should no longer be sold, and responsible parties in the supply chain must be held liable. If you’ve experienced physical injuries or harm to your health from a defective product, you can file a claim with a Dallas product liability lawyer.
While any dangerous or defective product can lead to injury, here are some examples of the most common product liability claims:
When you have a product liability claim or lawsuit, it will be categorized as one of three specific kinds of liability: negligence, strict liability, or breach of contract. Here is the breakdown of each of these:
Liability based on negligence holds the responsible party liable for failing to show an acceptable level of care. It focuses on the defendant’s conduct rather than the product, so the plaintiff must prove:
Strict liability means that if a product was defective and caused injury to the plaintiff, the defendant must compensate for damages. It applies to all types of defects and there is no requirement for negligence to be proven in order to argue strict liability.
Breach of Contract or Warranty
This is one of the more difficult arguments to make in a product liability lawsuit, and isn’t as commonly seen. The general idea behind breach of contract is that when a product is sold to you, that essentially forms a contract between you and the seller of the product. That contract pertains to the fitness of the product to do what it is expected to do - for example, you should be able to drive an off-road vehicle off-road. To win a product liability case based on breach of contract, you need to be able to prove that there was direct communication between the seller and the buyer, which can be challenging to do. However, every case is different, so if you have any questions for our Dallas product liability lawyers, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Depending on the unique details of your product liability case, any of the following types of defendants may be named in the lawsuit:
It’s not always apparent which party is responsible, and you need to know how to obtain the maximum compensation you are allowed under the law. An experienced Dallas product liability lawyer can help you determine all liable parties in your product liability claim and pursue them all to get you the maximum compensation possible under the law in the state of Texas.
These numbers are shockingly high. In fact, injuries occur as a result of dangerous products so often that the CPSC recalls up to 400 products annually. The CPSC regulates over 15,000 products ranging from off-road vehicles and bike helmets to toys and electronics.
Product defects can result in brand mistrust, leading to loss of revenue. As a consumer, it is reasonable to assume that the products you purchase are safe. When that’s not true and you did not get a warning before using the product in the expected way, an injury may occur. The CPSC’s job is to investigate product related injuries and determine, based on the volume of the product in the market, how severe and how likely the harm is to consumers overall.
Many people have dealt with a defective product at least once in their lives. However, most of the time it never amounts to more than just a complaint to your family or friends. If a product causes you or your loved one significant harm, you may wonder who to go to for help. A Dallas product liability lawyer, specifically from Rasansky Law Firm, is highly recommended in this case. Proper legal representation will help you and your family determine what your damages are and who all the liable parties may be. They can then also get a lawsuit filed for you to start the negotiating process with any involved insurance companies. If you have provable damages, especially things like medical records, lost wages, and pain and suffering, you may have a valid product liability lawsuit.
To win your Dallas product liability case, you must be able to show that:
Medical records are essential as an objective source of information to directly connect the defective product to the victim’s injuries. Without proper evidence, the claim will most likely be dismissed. In other words, you may have a product that you have discovered to be defective, but you discover it prior to any injury occurring. In that case, there are no damages to seek compensation for, and thus, no lawsuit to file.
It is important to keep yourself and other people safe by reporting dangerous and defective products. You can start with the product manufacturer.
You will use this information to contact the product manufacturer and report the defect. You should report it to the Better Business Bureau and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission if you do not receive a satisfactory solution. Other government agencies may handle the specific product you need to report. For instance, the FDA and the USDA handle food-related products and the NHSTA handles cars.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a defective product, you should contact a Dallas product liability lawyer before you report it anywhere else. We can give you the best legal advice for how to proceed. Let’s make sure you do not take any steps that could inadvertently hinder your potential compensation claim.
Rasansky Law Firm has represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases in the Fort Worth and Dallas area for 27 years. Our lawyers truly care and will do everything in our power, including using our own resources and giving individualized care to each client, in an effort to maximize your recovery and help you move on with your life after a life-altering injury or loss due to a defective product.
Our Dallas product liability attorneys offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your claim and review your legal options. If we are able to take your case, we will do so on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t receive payment unless your case is successful.
Because we live in such a consumer-driven culture, it is important for our country and the state of Texas to have laws addressing product liability. We all come into contact with hundreds, if not thousands, of products every single day, so we deserve to be reasonably safe in doing so and receive a proper warning if there is a potential danger.
Our Dallas product liability lawyers understand how to apply these laws to hold any and all negligent companies or people in the harmful product’s chain of custody (the designer, parts supplier, manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, retailer, etc.) potentially liable for damages if a product injures an individual because it was dangerous or defective.
Many people wonder exactly what they can be compensated for in the event that they are injured due to a defective or dangerous product. Generally in all personal injury lawsuits, there are a couple of categories of compensation you can claim. These are described as economic and non-economic damages.
Here are some examples of economic damages, which are damages that are quantifiable, like medical bills, lost wages, ongoing costs for hospitalization and medical treatment, as well as lost earning potential if the injury is long-term or if the injured person passed away.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, refer to those less quantifiable but still every bit as important and relevant, like pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life. The law defines the way in which we determine how much these types of damages are worth, and it will depend on the overall severity of your injury and how life-altering or long-lasting the effects of it will be on your life.
In the event that a person dies due to injury from a defective or dangerous product, there may be a wrongful death claim filed. In this case, other compensation may be claimed as well, such as funeral and burial expenses, and loss of consortium (loss of familial or intimate relations, as with a spouse).
You have heard of many defective products undergoing recalls from their manufacturers. Regulators such as the CPSC subject products to recall if they prove to have a substantial hazard to consumers. The sales numbers for many products that have later been recalled total into the millions of dollars. Often, a manufacturer recalling a product will ask consumers to return the product to receive a refund, but first, they must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). This is known as a “silent recall.” Recalls do not expire, but they typically only offer refunds to consumers.
Such a practice of buying consumers’ silence avoids bad publicity from them talking to friends, and neighbors, posts on social media, or in tv interviews. It works against the consumer if they wish to file a complaint.
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, consider consulting with a product liability lawyer before signing an NDA. You may inadvertently make it impossible to recover compensation in a product liability lawsuit, depending on what you may have agreed to in the document you signed. If the company you are suing does not want you to talk about the situation, they may ask you to sign something before you can receive your settlement. In that case, your Dallas product liability lawyer can advise you on how to proceed.
Product liability claims in Texas have a statute of limitations of 2 years from the incident of injury. However, there are a great deal of circumstances that could change what your statute of limitations is exactly in your specific case, so it is best to speak with an experienced Dallas product liability lawyer as soon as possible.
The caring and compassionate lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm are available to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 617-1886.
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