What to Do if You Are injured by a Defective Product
We all rely upon commercial products on a daily – and even hourly – basis. We purchase these products to help make our lives more comfortable and productive. Most of us do not spend a lot of time thinking about the possibility of defective products, but they are out there and they can be extremely dangerous. If you have been injured by a defective product, you need experienced legal counsel. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Central Texas product liability attorney, call our office today at (254) 220-4225.
You purchase specific goods and products because you believe they will perform exactly as advertised. The problem is that when these products are defective it is often so unexpected that the danger is exacerbated. As consumers, we simply do not expect the products we invest in to endanger us. Sometimes, however, they do, and it can be very confusing and upsetting. Some categories that are commonly associated with product liability claims include cars, exercise and sports equipment, baby gear, prescriptions, clothing, and food items.
How to Proceed
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective product, you need experienced legal counsel. These claims are complicated, but your rights and your rightful compensation matter. Legal claims related to defective consumer goods are called product liability claims, and in Texas they include several specific components:
The product caused you to be injured or to incur an actual loss. Almost being injured, though upsetting, will not suffice for a product liability claim.
The product is actually defective, which means that there is either a manufacturing or design flaw that made the product dangerous to use. In addition, you may be able to assert a claim if the manufacturer or retailer did not warn you about a non-obvious danger that was not the result of defective manufacture or design.
This defect directly led to your injury or loss. Simply being injured while you were using the product is not enough; you must be able to show that the consumer good caused your loss.
At the time you were injured, you were using the product according to the instructions and in accordance with what it was designed to do.
You should not be injured by products that you purchase and use as they are meant to be used. If you or a family member has been hurt in an accident involving a defective product, you should speak to a lawyer immediately.