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.
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 civil lawsuits for damages if they get hurt.
There are three main types of product liability lawsuits:
- Defective design,
- Manufacturing defect, and
- Failure to warn.
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 defective design 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.
Why You Should Call Our Personal Injury Attorneys If You’ve Been Harmed By a Defective Product
When you buy a toy for your kids or take a medication prescribed by your doctor, you trust that it will be safe. You trust that it’s been designed and put together with care. If it’s used properly and as instructed, it shouldn’t cause you or your loved ones any harm. Unfortunately, not all 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.
It doesn’t matter if your product was made by a small boutique business in Houston or a large multi-national corporation. 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.
You don’t have the time to go back and forth with a business or its insurance company. And, you shouldn’t have to put up with these manipulative and underhanded tactics. You need to focus on getting better and/or taking care of your family. This is where a Houston injury attorney with experience handling product liability claims can really help you help.
What to Expect When You Hire Our Houston Defective Product Attorneys
At Attorney 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:
Listen: We take the time to listen to our clients. You experienced the accident and you got hurt. This means that you have information that’s invaluable to you. Sitting down and talking with our clients also helps us connect personally with the cases we handle. We find that we’re better advocates for our clients when we can empathize with them and understand your struggles.
Investigate: There’s no substitute for a detailed, thorough, and independent investigation into your injury. Our team will carefully review all of the circumstances surrounding your accident to find any evidence that might be helpful in building your case. We’ll review the product’s blueprints or design and identify potential problems with how the product was manufactured or built. Our team will comb through consumer complaints and record to determine if other consumers have experienced similar problems or injuries. Our goal is to identify why the product was defective and gather evidence to support that.
Consult: In more than 45 years of handling product liability cases, we’ve learned a lot about a lot of different products. However, we’re not experts or specialists or engineers. We do, however, have the resources to bring in experts and specialists to help us analyze your injury and accident case. We’ll turn to anyone who can explain how a product is supposed to function and help us determine where (and why) things went wrong.
Negotiate: Insurance companies and big businesses would much rather negotiate directly with you. That’s because they know our attorneys know how they operate and which scrupulous tactics they traditionally employ to get out of paying the money injury victims deserve. They know we won’t stand for any of these games and will fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients. We will do everything in our power to negotiate a fair and meaningful settlement offer for you.
Litigate: However, there are times when insurance companies and businesses simply refuse to cooperate. If this happens to you, or if you’re not satisfied with the settlement offers you receive, our team will not hesitate before bringing your case to a jury. We’ve logged thousands of hours in the courtroom and are accomplished trial lawyers. We have successfully secured meaningful jury awards in the past and will work hard to do the same for you.
We know things are tough right now. An unexpected injury can change the course of your life. Let our Houston product liability lawyers help. Give our law firm a call today to arrange a free case evaluation and learn more.
We Handle All Product Liability Cases in Houston
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.
Contact Our Houston Product Liability Attorneys to Schedule a Free Consultation Today
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.