If you or a family member has been injured because of a dangerous or defective product in Houston, TX, you could be entitled to compensation. The money you’re awarded through an injury claim could help with your medical expenses, make up for income lost during your recovery, and even compensate for the pain and suffering you’re forced to endure.
The experienced Houston product liability lawyers at Brian White & Associates can help you fight to get all of the money you need and deserve. With more than 45 years of combined legal experience, our team knows that a financial recovery can make a huge difference in the years to come.
Let us tap into our vast financial resources and draw on our considerable experience going head-to-head with big businesses to help you in your time of need. We’ll be right there beside you every step of the way, fighting to secure a substantial monetary award on your behalf.
Contact our Houston law office to schedule an appointment with our compassionate legal team. Your initial case assessment is free, so call now.
How Brian White & Associates Can Help If You’ve Been Harmed By a Defective Product
Unfortunately, not all consumer products we buy and use are safe. Some suffer from defects that pose a danger to the user, no matter how carefully the product is used. When someone gets hurt because of one of these defects, the company responsible for that product must accept responsibility.
You’ll probably face a lot of resistance when you ask to be compensated for your injuries. The company responsible for the product will not want to admit that there might be a problem or take responsibility for the harm you’ve experienced. Instead, they’ll point fingers and attempt to make the process of getting money as difficult as they possibly can. This is where a personal injury attorney with experience handling product liability claims can really help you help.
At Brian White & Associates, our attorneys have a combined 45 years of experience fighting on behalf of injured consumers in Texas. We have considerable financial resources, which we use to level the playing field when fighting huge companies and corporations. They’ll certainly invest a lot of money to stop your case, so we’ll do the same in an effort to get you the money you deserve. When you trust us with your personal injury case, we will:
- Coordinate an investigation into your accident, determine what type of defect we’re dealing with, and get started on gathering relevant evidence to support your claim
- Take care of all conversations and negotiations with the manufacturer and/or their insurance provider
- Utilize whatever resources are necessary to build a strong and persuasive demand for compensation on your behalf
- Litigate your defective products case in front of a Houston jury, if necessary
We know things are tough right now. An unexpected injury can change the course of your life. Let our Houston defective product attorneys help. Give our law firm a call today to arrange a free case evaluation and learn more.
What Compensation is Available In Defective Product Cases?
Typically, individuals who have suffered injuries because of an unreasonably defective product can pursue both economic and non-economic damages from the company responsible for the product (and/or other liable parties.
Count on our Houston product liability attorneys to fight to secure compensation for your:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
- And more
We won’t just fight to ensure that your financial award accounts for all of your damages. We’ll also work hard to ensure that those damages are valued properly, too. That’s how we can help you secure all of the money you deserve.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability means that companies that design, manufacture, and/or sell products in Texas can be held financially responsible if those products are defective or unreasonably dangerous. Texas has product liability laws because, many times, products don’t undergo extensive testing or aren’t subject to many governmental regulations.
So, safety is ultimately the company’s responsibility. In order to make sure that companies take that responsibility seriously, Texas law says that companies can be strictly liable for injuries caused by defects. In other words, consumers can file for damages if they get hurt.
There are three main types of product liability lawsuits:
- Defective design,
- Manufacturing defect, and
- Failure to warn.
Here’s a breakdown of what each of those types of cases involve.
Products will be inherently dangerous if there’s a problem with the way it was designed. In other words, there’s no way a product can be safe if it is dangerous because of its design. A company can be liable for a product that suffers from a defective design if there was no “reasonably safer alternative.” This means that if there’s a way to make a substantially similar product without expending a considerable about of money, the company has to choose that safer option.
For example, Roundup weedkiller is accused of suffering from a design defect because its formula includes a chemical that’s believed to cause cancer.
A product can still be defective if its design is safe. This might happen if there’s a problem when the product is manufactured, built, assembled, or put together. Manufacturing defects can affect an entire product line or just one singular item.
For example, a ladder might suffer from a manufacturing defect if it is put together using screws that are smaller than those called for in the design. When the ladder fails, it’s not because of the way it was designed. Rather, it’s because the company ordered the wrong side screws to use during the manufacturing process.
Failure to Warn
Companies are generally not responsible for injuries that are caused by dangerous aspects of a product that should be obvious to the user. However, when there are dangers that aren’t particularly clear, things change. Companies have an obligation to warn consumers about any potential dangers that might not be apparent. That’s why you typically see so many warning labels on the products you buy. Companies are attempting to protect themselves from liability when consumers get hurt.
For example, a pharmaceutical company might be sued for failing to disclose known side effects associated with a popular drug.
What is Strict Liability?
There are really two ways you can pursue compensation for injuries caused by a dangerous product. The first involves proving that a company was negligent. That can be really tough. So, Texas also allows injured consumers to file product liability claims based on strict liability. Strict liability means that financial responsibility for an injury is established by law. A company can be on the hook for harm and devastation caused by its products, regardless of the degree of care used in creating that product.
Strict liability is, in effect, a way to encourage companies to put the safest possible products on the market. If they don’t go to great lengths to ensure that what they sell or market is safe for consumers, state law says they can be held accountable.
We Handle All Product Liability Cases in Houston, TX
At Brian White & Associates, our personal injury lawyers represent clients in Houston, Texas who have been suffered injuries and deaths because of defective:
- Hand tools and power tools
- Construction equipment, including scaffolding and ladders
- Cars, trucks, and other vehicles
- Airbags and safety devices
- Medical devices, including IVC filters and hernia mesh
- Prescription drugs, including Nexium, Opioids, Actos, and more
- Roundup weed killer, and more.
If you’ve been injured because of a defective product, we’re here to help. Give us a call to schedule a time to sit down to discuss your case in detail with our team.
You Have a Limited Time to File a Product Liability Lawsuit in Texas
When you get hurt because of a defective product in Houston, you could be entitled to compensation. However, you’ll only have a limited time to file a lawsuit or injury claim. In Texas, most product liability lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date you discover an injury, but no more than 15 years after the date of purchase.
So, there’s no time to waste. Contact Brian White & Associates to find out how our Houston product liability attorneys might be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. We offer a free consultation, so call to schedule yours today.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Product Liability Lawyers Today
Were you or a loved one injured because of a defective product, dangerous product, or faulty product in Houston, TX? Call Brian White & Associates for help. Our Houston product liability lawyers are here to stand beside you and hold the manufacturer accountable. Give us a call to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more today.