Companies can be strictly liable for injuries and deaths caused by defective products sold in Houston. Our Houston product liability lawyers help injured consumers seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, suffering, and other losses.
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Consumers who suffer injuries or lose family members because of a defective product can take legal action to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. If you’ve been hurt or suffered a devastating loss, the experienced Houston product liability lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm are here to help you fight for the financial accountability you deserve.
Since 2010, our award-winning Texas trial attorneys have gained national recognition for helping injured consumers stand up to powerful corporations. Our client-focused approach has helped us recover over $20 billion in life-changing monetary awards on behalf of clients just like you.
Don’t let a company off the hook for the pain and suffering caused by putting a dangerous product on the market. Call The Lanier Law Firm and have our top-rated legal team fight for you. We offer a free consultation, so reach out to our law office in Houston, Texas, today.
What is product liability?
There’s simply no way to independently test or verify the safety of every product that’s sold in the United States. So, Texas has consumer protection laws in place that impose a duty of care on companies that create or sell products to consumers.
These are known as product liability laws. Companies can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by an unreasonably dangerous or defective product.
Strict liability means that legal responsibility attaches regardless of how much care or caution a company exercises when it develops, makes, or markets a product. If the product is defective and causes a consumer injury or death, the company is on the hook for resulting damages.
What are the three types of product defects?
Under Texas product liability laws, there are three main types of product defects:
Sometimes product liability lawsuits are based on one or two of these defects, while others incorporate arguments based on all three.
When a product is inherently dangerous because of its design, it’s said to have a design defect. It poses a serious risk to the consumer, regardless of how extensively it’s tested or how carefully it’s used.
A company can be liable for a design defect if a consumer can prove that there was a reasonable alternative design that wouldn’t have substantially changed the product or imposed a burden on the corporation.
Sometimes a product is dangerous because of the way it is assembled, put together, or built. The product design is perfectly safe, but it becomes dangerous during the manufacturing process.
Companies assume a responsibility to warn consumers about hazards or risks associated with the normal use of a product. A manufacturer can become liable for injuries and deaths when it fails to warn about risks it knew about or should have known about through reasonable diligence.
Product Liability and Wrongful
Death in Texas
There are times when a product can be so dangerous that it causes consumers to die. While any type of product can potentially cause the death of a consumer, it’s typically seen in cases involving pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and personal care products. Lawsuits alleging that these (and other) types of products have caused cancer or led to fatal internal injuries have become increasingly common in recent years.
When a product causes a consumer’s death, the right to file a lawsuit isn’t lost. Instead, it simply shifts to surviving family members. In Texas, a surviving spouse, child, or parent can initiate a lawsuit and seek damages from the company that designed, sold, or manufactured the product responsible for their loved one’s death.
How can a Houston personal injury lawyer help me if I’ve been injured because of a defective product?
Product liability lawsuits can be challenging. Often, consumers face the task of going head-to-head with a large corporation with seemingly endless resources at its disposal. Manufacturers have legal departments brimming with skilled defense attorneys ready to squash claims and protect corporations from allegations that their products are unsafe or caused harm.
You’ll need to level the playing field to win your product liability case. That’s where our Houston personal injury lawyers can help.
Our Texas trial attorneys have a track record of winning challenging product liability claims like yours. We offer personal, client-focused representation and have the resources to match your powerful adversaries. Time and time again, we’ve led clients to meaningful financial awards.
- Determine if the product in question was recalled or involved in other similar cases
- Investigate all aspects of your product liability case
- Gather evidence used to build a strong claim for damages
- Work closely with respected experts who know the industry or product related to your case
- Prepare and file necessary forms, documents, and motions on your behalf
- Negotiate with the manufacturer and its insurance company
- Help you make critical decisions, including whether it’s best to accept a settlement offer or move forward with negotiations or trial
Our acclaimed product liability attorneys in Houston will work hard to get you the best possible deal in a settlement through tough negotiations. However, we will never advise you to give up the fight if we believe we can get you a better result at trial. We’re fierce negotiators, but our attorneys are at home in the courtroom where we can tell your story to a compassionate jury of your peers.
We Handle All Types of
Product Liability Cases in Houston
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11.7 million people sought medical treatment for injuries related to consumer products in 2021. Many of these injuries were sustained through the ordinary and proper use of consumer goods but occurred because the products were defective.
At The Lanier Law Firm, our attorneys actively represent injured consumers in product liability cases involving:
- Talcum powder and ovarian cancer
- Infant formula and NEC
- Dangerous toys
- Child and infant car seats
- Tylenol autism lawsuits
- Birth control
- Prescription medication
- Vaccines like Gardasil
- Medical devices
- Medical equipment
- Over-the-counter medication
- Construction safety equipment
- Heavy machinery
- Industrial equipment defects
- Roundup weed killer and other household chemicals or pesticides