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Texas Defective Product Attorneys

At Hilliard Law, we believe that every product on the market should meet the highest standards of safety. Regrettably, this is not always the case. Defective products, whether they are automobiles, medical devices, or everyday household items, can cause serious injuries, leaving individuals and their families dealing with the aftermath. 

Our team of Texas defective product lawyers is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal representation and guidance to individuals who have suffered injuries due to such products. Our approach is centered around gaining a deep understanding of every aspect of your case, so that we can build an effective legal strategy tailored to your needs. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any case, our unwavering commitment is to tirelessly advocate for your rights and interests.

Call (866) 927-3420 to schedule an in-person or virtual case consultation with a Texas product liability attorney at Hilliard Law.

What is Product Liability?

Product liability refers to a legal framework where manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers can be held accountable if their products cause harm or injury to consumers. These parties have a responsibility to ensure that the products they offer to the public are safe for use. However, when these products turn out to be harmful, product liability law steps in. This area of law provides a platform for injured parties to seek compensation for their losses.

In the context of product liability, harm or injury can take various forms. It could be physical injury, damage to property, or even psychological harm. The critical aspect is that the injury should be directly attributable to the product in question. This doesn't merely pertain to the usage of the product - even injuries sustained during the disposal of the product can fall under the purview of product liability.

Product liability is an integral part of consumer protection. It holds manufacturers and other entities in the supply chain accountable, pushing them to prioritize safety. More importantly, it empowers consumers, affording them legal redress when they have been wronged.

Types of Product Defects

Product defects can be broadly categorized into three types: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Design defects are inherent flaws in the product design that make the product inherently unsafe. These defects exist before the product is even manufactured, and they generally affect every product that is based on the design.

Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, occur during the production process. These flaws are not part of the original design, but they occur due to errors or mishaps during the manufacturing stage. Consequently, these defects may affect only a batch of products and not the entire line of products.

Marketing defects, also often called warning defects, relate to inadequate instructions or failure to warn users of potential risks linked to the product. This can involve anything from a lack of safety warnings, insufficient instructions, or misleading advertising. Any of these can mislead consumers and result in harm.

Texas Product Liability Law

Texas product liability law is governed by the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, which adheres to the principles of strict liability. This means that injured parties do not necessarily have to prove negligence on the part of the manufacturer or distributor. If a product is found to be defective and it has caused harm, the manufacturer or distributor could be held liable.

The Texas law has a 15-year statute of repose, meaning an injured party has 15 years from the date the product was purchased to file a product liability claim. Exceptions apply if the defendant explicitly warranted or represented that the product has a longer life and that the claim is brought within that time period.

In Texas, a seller can be held liable under certain circumstances, including if the manufacturer is insolvent or not subject to the court's jurisdiction or if the seller exercised control over the product's design, testing, or manufacturing process.

Determining Liability for Your Injuries

Determining liability in product liability cases involves identifying the party or parties responsible for the defect that caused your injuries. This could be any entity within the product's distribution chain, from the manufacturer to the retailer. If multiple parties are involved, each one can potentially be held liable.

Proving liability requires demonstrating that the product was defective and that this defect caused your injury. It also requires showing that you were using the product as it was intended to be used or that the manufacturer should have anticipated the product's actual use.

In cases involving medication side effects, for instance, liability could fall on the pharmaceutical company for failing to warn about potential risks, the doctor for prescribing an inappropriate medication, or even the pharmacy for incorrect dosage instructions.

Compensation

Compensation in product liability cases can cover a wide range of damages. This includes economic damages like medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and property damage. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement are also taken into account.

In rare cases where the defendant's conduct was particularly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded. These damages are not meant to compensate a plaintiff but to punish a defendant and deter similar behavior in the future.

Elements of a Product Liability Claim

Four key elements must be established in a product liability claim: duty, breach, causation, and damages.

  • Duty refers to the legal responsibility that the defendant had to ensure the safety of the product. It encompasses the obligation to design, manufacture, and distribute a product that is reasonably safe for its intended use. This duty extends to all parties involved in the chain of distribution, including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.
  • Breach involves demonstrating that the defendant failed to uphold their duty of ensuring product safety. This can occur through various actions or omissions, such as inadequate testing, design flaws, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings or instructions.
  • Causation is perhaps the most critical element in a product liability claim. The plaintiff must establish a direct link between the defendant's breach of duty and the resulting injury. This requires showing that the defect or negligence in the product directly caused or contributed to the harm suffered by the plaintiff.
  • Damages, in the context of product defects, encompass the actual harm endured by the plaintiff. This harm can manifest in various ways, such as physical injuries, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of income, or property damage. To seek proper compensation, it is crucial for the plaintiff to present evidence and accurately quantify the extent of the damages suffered. By doing so, they can effectively pursue appropriate recompense.

By establishing these four key elements, a product liability claim seeks to hold responsible parties accountable for the harm caused by defective or unsafe products while providing compensation to the injured individuals.

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How a Product Can Be Defective

A product may be considered defective if it poses an unnecessary danger to users under normal or anticipated usage. These defects usually fall into three primary categories: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects.

  • Design defects refer to fundamental flaws in the product's conception that render it unsafe for its intended use. This means that every unit of this product carries the inherent risk due to a faulty design, irrespective of the care taken during the manufacturing process. Examples could include a type of car that tends to flip over when making sharp turns or a type of toy that poses a choking hazard to children.
  • Manufacturing defects occur when a product deviates from its intended design during the production process. These defects do not affect all units but are isolated to a specific batch or set of items that have been manufactured under defective conditions. An example might include a batch of pain relievers that became contaminated due to unsanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility.
  • Marketing defects, sometimes referred to as warning defects, relate to the communication about the product. They occur when manufacturers or sellers fail to provide adequate warnings about the product's potential risks or fail to provide clear and comprehensive instructions about the safe usage of the product. An example could be a powerful cleaning product that doesn't adequately warn users about its potential to cause skin burns or respiratory issues if used without proper protective gear.

Each of these defect types represents a different way a product can be inherently hazardous to consumers, potentially leading to a product liability claim under Texas law.

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Helping Victims of Product Defects in Texas Seek Justice and Compensation

Navigating the intricacies of product liability law can be overwhelming for those who have suffered injuries due to defective products. At Hilliard Law, we offer our understanding of Texas product liability law to guide you through the process of seeking justice and compensation. 

We believe in holding manufacturers and sellers accountable for their unsafe products. If a defective product has harmed you or a loved one, we invite you to reach out to us. Our team is here to listen to your story, evaluate your potential claim, and offer advice on your legal options.

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It’s our mission to hold the powerful accountable for their wrongdoing. Reach out to our team immediately regarding your case to schedule a free attorney consultation today.