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When you purchase a product, you have the right to expect that it will function properly when used for its intended purpose. Unfortunately, many consumers are seriously injured by product defects every year.

Companies often make a choice to protect their bottom line at the expense of consumer safety. If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injury due to a defective product, Patrick Daniel Law can help.

Our product liability lawyers serve clients in and around the Houston area and all of Texas, as well as throughout the country. Please call (713) 999-6666 today for a free evaluation of your defective product claim. Our law firm is strategic, meticulous, and merciless in holding negligent companies accountable.

What Is a Product Liability Lawsuit?

Defective product claims strive to hold companies responsible for injuries caused by flaws in the products that they make and sell. Most defects occur as a result of errors in one or more of the following areas:

  • Defective design: Design flaws can make a product unsafe before it even hits store shelves.
  • Manufacturing defect: Negligent practices during manufacturing are the most common cause of product defects. The defect may arise due to faulty component parts, poor assembly, lack of quality testing, and other issues that occur before the product goes to market.
  • Failure to warn: You probably see fine print on every product you buy. These warnings are intended to reduce the risk of injury. However, if the company fails to warn consumers of a possible hazard, it may be liable for the damages sustained by consumers. A failure to warn may also occur if the marketing and advertising of the product is deceptive or misleading.

Product liability cases can be tried on the grounds of negligence (i.e., the manufacturer and other parties were careless in designing, manufacturing, distributing, or marketing and advertising the product), breach of warranty (i.e., the product fails to perform up to the standards specified in the product’s warranty), or misrepresentation of the product’s safety or performance. However, many defective product claims are tried under the theory of strict liability.

In cases of strict liability, you claim that the company is liable for your injuries by virtue of manufacturing or selling you a defective product, rather than specific negligence on the company’s part. A strict liability claim removes the burden of having to prove negligence, but particular criteria must be met in your use and ownership of the product for a strict liability claim to be viable.

Types of Defective Product Claims

Common Examples of Defective Product Claims

Defects can make virtually any product unsafe. Indeed, we have seen product liability cases arise from items used in virtually every area of our lives, including:

  • Motor vehicles and parts
  • Medications and medical devices
  • Farming equipment
  • Indoor and outdoor furniture
  • Appliances
  • Clothing
  • Children’s toys
  • Household and commercial tools
  • Tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vape pens
  • Industrial machinery and equipment
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Fresh and packaged foods
  • Home insulation

If you believe that a product you used was defective and you suffered injury as a result, contact a product liability attorney for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Common Injuries Due to Defective Products

The nature of harm caused by a product defect will depend on the risk it presents to consumers. For example, a defective vehicle part that causes a car accident will result in different injuries than a hazardous chemical that causes illness through long-term exposure.

As a result, it is helpful to organize the impact of defective products into acute and chronic categories. Acute injuries from product defects may include:

  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury, including paralysis
  • Loss of limbs
  • Disc injuries in the neck and back
  • Electrocution
  • Broken bones
  • Severe lacerations
  • Soft tissue damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons

Meanwhile, chronic conditions that may develop due to a defective product include illnesses such as cancer and lung diseases. In dangerous drug cases, we also see issues related to undisclosed side effects, adverse drug interactions, and addiction to prescription medication.

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Compensation in a Product Liability Claim

The injuries consumers suffer due to defective products are often severe. As a result, they may suffer a variety of economic and noneconomic losses.

When filing a product liability claim, it is important to work with your attorney to account for all of the damages you and your family have sustained due to the defective product. You may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future income, if you suffer a disabling injury that reduces your ability to work
  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of consortium

The product liability lawyers at Patrick Daniel Law can advise you how much your case may be worth based on the specific damages you have incurred.

Tragically, it is not uncommon for product defects to cause fatal injuries. If your loved one died as a result of injuries sustained due to a defective product, the attorneys at Patrick Daniel Law can file a wrongful death lawsuit on your family’s behalf. You may be able to recover compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical expenses incurred before your family member succumbed to their injuries
  • Loss of income, financial support, and inheritance
  • Expenses for a funeral service and burial or cremation
  • Loss of love, guidance, and care
  • Emotional anguish
  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering in their final moments

In Texas, spouses, children, and parents can be awarded compensation in wrongful death claims.

How Patrick Daniel Law Can Help with Your Product Liability Claim

Defective product claims often involve multimillion dollar companies. These corporations value profits over people, and they employ teams of attorneys to defend them when consumers claim that their products cause injury.

Companies frequently argue that consumers misuse their products or fail to follow instructions. Without capable legal representation, it can be very difficult to counter these claims.

Furthermore, product liability claims are complicated. They often require expert evaluation of defects, as well as investigation of how negligence in the product’s lifecycle may have led to your injuries. Multiple parties may also be liable in a defective product claim, including:

  • The company that designed or manufactured the product
  • A company that designed and manufactured a component of the product
  • The company responsible for labeling and packaging the product
  • The retail store or wholesaler where you bought the product

Patrick Daniel Law has extensive experience with the complexities of defective product litigation. In cases where strict liability applies, we will hire experts to examine the product that caused your injuries to determine the nature of the defect. If your case involves questions of negligence, breach of warranty, or misrepresentation, we will meticulously investigate the design, manufacturing, and distribution of the product for errors or misconduct.

Our attorneys develop winning strategies for settlement negotiations. However, if the company won’t come to an agreement in your case, we never hesitate to take claims to trial if that is the best avenue for recovery. In both settlement talks and courtroom proceedings, the lawyers at Patrick Daniel Law will mercilessly pursue compensation in your case.

In addition to representing individual consumers in defective product claims, our attorneys have also served as plaintiff’s counsel in high-profile class action and multidistrict litigation in cases involving defective Takata airbags, General Motors ignition switches, and more.

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Contact Our Product Liability Lawyers in Houston, Texas

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, it is crucial to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations on product liability claims in Texas is 2 years, and these claims take time to investigate. The team at Patrick Daniel Law will act promptly in order to start building the strongest possible case on your behalf.

Our law firm has achieved millions of dollars in results on behalf of clients who have been injured by defective products. When you hire Patrick Daniel Law, we will apply this experience and our history of results to your case. Our team can advise you of your right to file an individual lawsuit, as well as pending class action litigation.

For a free review of your defective product case, please call Patrick Daniel Law at (713) 999-6666 or contact us online today. Our award-winning law firm serves clients in the greater Houston area and all of Texas, as well as injured consumers throughout the United States.

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