Houston Product Liability Lawyer
Defective Product Lawsuits
When buying a product, you assume it is safe to use. However, this isn’t always the case. All too often, defective, faulty, and dangerous products make it into the hands of ordinary consumers, leading to catastrophic injuries, life-threatening medical conditions, and deaths.
Many people can be held liable if you have suffered from an injury related to a defective product. Payne Law Firm has worked with clients throughout Texas. We can analyze your case and help you understand your options. Our Houston product liability lawyers have successfully taken on major manufacturers, distributors, and other entities in pursuit of justice for our clients. To date, our firm has secured millions of dollars in compensation, including numerous million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts.
When Is a Product Considered “Defective?”
There is an important difference between products that are dangerous and those that are truly defective. Just because a product poses inherent risks to the user, this does not necessarily mean it is flawed. For example, power tools are fundamentally dangerous but can be safe when used correctly and as intended. However, if a power tool is missing a key safety component, such as a guard, it is considered defective, as even proper use could lead to bodily injury.
Generally speaking, products are considered “defective” when they have one or more of the following types of flaws:
- Design Defects: A product has a design defect when it is designed in such a way that it is unreasonably unsafe for ordinary use. In other words, if the risks outweigh the benefits, the product likely has a design flaw.
- Manufacturing Defects: Manufacturing defects occur when a product is properly designed but a mistake is made during creation/production that renders the product unreasonably unsafe for ordinary use.
- Labeling/Marketing Defects: Labeling and marketing defects refer to products that are missing important safety warnings, instructions, and other labels, or those that are marketed for off-label and/or untested use.
While any product can be defective, some types of items are more commonly flawed than others. Some examples of common defective products include motor vehicles and automobile parts, such as defective airbags, tires, seatbelts, and engine components; defective children’s products, such as toys that are missing choking hazard warnings, items containing lead, and unsafe cribs or car seats; defective medications and medical devices, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and surgically implanted devices; household products, like defective gas-powered appliances that lead to explosions and fires, unsafe household cleaners, and personal electronics; and defective machinery or equipment, including industrial equipment, construction tools, farm machinery, and other residential or commercial items.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
Product liability cases can be difficult. Proving that a manufacturer, distributor, or another entity is liable for your injuries and resulting damages presents many challenges. However, our founding attorney, Jason E. Payne, is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This means he has handled some of the most complex cases and recovered the best possible results for his clients. It also means he is an expert in this area of law and knows how to navigate the legal process on your behalf.
Many entities could be held responsible for your injuries, including but not limited to:
- Designers/design teams
- Assembly teams
- Parts manufacturers
- Wholesalers and retailers
If found liable, these entities are legally required to pay you compensation for your damages, which may include things like medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you have gone through. These entities have tough lawyers at their side, which means it is imperative to have a fearless advocate on yours.
When you need an attorney who won’t back down from a challenge, we are the firm to trust. When you work with us, we will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of the justice and fair financial compensation you are owed. We also will take your case to court when it becomes necessary.
Compensation for Victims of Defective Products
As previously mentioned, liable entities are responsible for paying you compensation for your losses associated with defective products. Tragically, defective products can cause severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. In some cases, they may even cause the death of the victim.
At Payne Law Firm, our Houston defective product lawyers fight for maximum compensation. We may be able to help you recover for the following losses:
- Emergency medical care
- Surgery, medication, rehabilitation, and other treatments
- Ongoing and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Lost earning ability/disability
- Lost future earnings and employment benefits
- Lost enjoyment of life
If your loved one died due to a defective product, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable manufacturer, retailer, distributor, or other entity. We know that no amount of financial compensation can negate the loss of your loved one, but a successful case can allow you to recover fair financial compensation and secure the resources you need to heal and move forward with your life.
To learn more about how we can help, call our office in Houston at (713) 999-4801. You can also contact us online by submitting a request form here on our site. Hablamos español.
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It’s important to reach out to a skilled attorney as soon as possible. In Texas, your time to file a product liability claim is limited to two years from the date of the accident/injury or two years from the date the injury/medical condition was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered. There are very few exceptions to this; in most cases, if you fail to file a claim within the designated statute of limitations, the defendant will almost certainly use this to request that the case be dismissed.
At Payne Law Firm, we provide free initial consultations and contingency fees for all our clients. This means you owe nothing upfront, and we do not collect any out-of-pocket expenses from you. Instead, our attorneys are only paid if/when they recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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