Defective products result in thousands of injuries in the United States every year. If the negligence of a product’s manufacturer or seller places a defective product in a consumer’s hands, they may be deemed liable for injuries or damages under product liability law. A product’s defects may occur during the design process, manufacturing process, or in the way the product was marketed. If you have been injured due to a faulty or defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and any property damage. Contact a Houston Product Liability Lawyer Today.
Who is Liable for a Defective Product?
If a faulty or defective product results in injuries or property damage, responsibility could lie with several different parties within the product’s manufacturing and distribution chain. These parties may include the manufacturer of the product, the manufacturer of component parts, the product’s assembler or installer, the wholesaler, or the retail store that sold the finished product.
Types of Defective Products
Three categories of product liability exist that could result in injury or property damage. These include:
- Defects in the product’s design – These occur before the product is even manufactured.
- Defects in the manufacturing process – These occur when a problem in the product’s assembly causes a defect.
- Defects in the marketing of the product – These are the result of a product that is marketed in an improper or dangerous manner, including improper or insufficient labeling and safety warnings.
Some products are inherently unsafe and claims of injuries suffered while using these products are rarely successful. For example, a product such as an electric knife can easily cut someone causing serious injuries, however, if the knife is too dull to injure someone it will likely be useless for its indicated purposes as well. Even so, manufacturers of such products are required to provide labeling that warns of the risks of using their product.
Product liability claims are incredibly complex and often require expert testimonies to get beyond the initial stages. For starters, there are many parties involved in the manufacturing and distribution chain and determining who is at fault is rarely an easy task. Additionally, myriad defenses exist that companies may use to fight a claim against them. Finally, each state has specific laws and statutes regarding product liability claims. Having an experienced product liability attorney can be the difference between a complete dismissal of your case and a substantial award for damages.
The Kirk Law Firm – Product Liability Lawyers Serving Houston and the Surrounding Areas
If you have been injured due to a defective or faulty product, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced product liability attorney without delay. This is a complex and constantly evolving area of the law. Attorney Dana G. Kirk has been fighting for the rights of injury victims for nearly 37 years. The legal team at the Kirk Law Firm has a thorough understanding of Texas product liability law. We have a successful track record of obtaining compensation for clients, and we want to help you. Contact the Kirk Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.
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