Dallas Product Liability Attorney | Texas Product Recall Lawyer
The lawnmower is a common sight in Texas suburbs and neighborhoods across the country. Most consumers don’t give their mower a second thought other than checking the gas and oil. However, some Honda lawnmower owners got a surprise in July 2008 when nearly 20,000 units were recalled.
The problem: the lawnmower’s rear shield could break off, allowing debris to be thrown toward the operator. That posed a laceration hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in announcing the recall.
That recall is just one of dozens that take place each year when products pose a danger to consumers. In recent months, products ranging from toaster ovens to electrical switches and snowmobiles have been recalled because of safety concerns.
Product safety is the responsibility of companies that manufacture, sell or distribute consumer products. If a company makes an unsafe product and a consumer is harmed as a result, that company may be held liable for damages caused by the product. That kind of legal action is known as a product liability lawsuit.
Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports more than 29 million injuries as a result of unsafe or defective consumer products, including:
- Defective industrial equipment
- Defective home appliances
- Defective medical devices
- Side effects from pharmaceutical drugs
- Unsafe motorized equipment
- Poorly manufactured children’s toys
- Tainted food
In order to prove a product liability case, the product must be shown to have been defective in at least one of these categories:
- Design defect – the problem exists in the design of the product, regardless of how the product was assembled or manufactured.
- Manufacturing defect – the product was designed properly, but a defect occurred in the manufacturing phase.
- Inadequate warning/Failure to warn defect – the product label or packaging fails to clearly warn of any potential dangers known to the manufacturer, seller or distributor.
Manufacturing defects are often the easiest to prove, because typically an error in the manufacturing stage is obvious, and the product itself may provide evidence easily understood by the court or jurors. Design defects can be more complicated because attorneys often have to gain access to key documentation surrounding the design stage – and because expert witnesses in engineering or other fields may be necessary to help explain the faulty design in layman’s terms. The inadequate warning/failure to warn defect is also complex because it requires proving that the product manufacturer knew about the inadequate label or warning but failed to take adequate steps to correct it.
Regardless of how the defect occurred, if you have been harmed by a defective product and suffered serious injury, you need experienced legal counsel on your side. Consumer product companies often have extensive legal representation of their own and will attempt to dispute any responsibility. If you incur medical and other costs as a result of your injuries, you may need financial compensation – but only an attorney familiar with Texas product liability law can help you to obtain maximum damages.
If you have been injured by a consumer product in Texas, you need a law firm with the experience to take on tough product liability cases, and the client dedication to ensure your rights and interests come first. Contact The Law Offices of Eric H. Marye & Associates for a free case review at 214-987-8240 or contact us via email.
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