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You expect a product to work safely and efficiently when you purchase it. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. And while sometimes you can return a defective product for a refund and go on your way, other times, the product is so poorly designed or constructed that it results in harm or significant injury.

Defective products are either manufactured improperly or have an inherent, detrimental design flaw. Mistakes at the drafting table or in the manufacturing plant can result in products that harm or kill consumers, including children.

If a defective product has harmed you or someone you love, a product liability lawyer can help. These attorneys will seek damages on your behalf from all parties involved, holding them liable for your injury.

For years, The Lanier Law Firm has represented consumers who have been seriously injured by defective products, both at home and in the workplace.

Each case is different, and, depending on the jurisdiction the claim is based in, the laws can vary. There is no federal product liability law. Because of this, the United States Department of Commerce has published the Model Uniform Products Liability Act (MUPLA) in an effort to encourage uniform procedures for product liability statutes.

Product Liability Cases Handled by The Lanier Law Firm

Defective products affect everyone, from babies to the elderly, and injuries from these products can happen anywhere at any time.

We handle product liability claims related to the following goods, among others:

Talcum Powder Lawsuits

As of December 2021, the baby care manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson faces over 37,000 lawsuits for its popular baby powder.

The product liability attorneys for this large class-action case claim that the baby powder manufacturers knew that the talc was contaminated with asbestos, a leading cause of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma but failed to warn consumers about the risk.

Recent jury verdicts have found in favor of the plaintiffs, with damages in the billions.

Our Product Liability Attorneys

Meet some of our skilled product liability lawyers, all of whom are dedicated to helping people just like you receive the damages they’re entitled to.

Evan Janush

Evan M. Janush is the managing attorney of the New York office and oversees business litigation for the firm. Named a Super Lawyer by Thomas Reuters, Mr. Janush’s experience with mass tort litigation has put him at the forefront of product liability law for many years.


Sam E. Taylor, II joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2014 and is the Managing Attorney of the asbestos litigation section in our Houston office. Mr. Taylor has over 30 years of experience representing clients in state and federal courts. As lead counsel, he has tried over 40 personal injury jury trials, including cases involving mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure, wrongful death and other serious personal injuries.

Darron Berquist

Darron E. Berquist has been with The Lanier Law Firm for more than ten years and focuses on cases involving asbestos litigation, toxic torts, mass torts, pharmaceutical litigation, and product liability. He represents clients who have contracted lung diseases or cancer due to defective products and those harmed by medical malpractice.

Richard Meadow

Richard “Rick” Meadow is the national mass tort leader and the director of business development for The Lanier Law Firm. He oversees the firm’s pharmaceutical lawsuits and mass torts. Mr. Meadow has represented the rights of people harmed by defective products for more than 30 years.


Jud Waltman is the Managing Attorney in Houston over Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Maritime Litigation. He limits his practice almost exclusively to the representation of individuals who are victims of injury or death and has been awarded the prestigious AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and been recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation among other honors.


Larry Wilson has received numerous honors for his successes, including recognition by US News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America, Thomas Reuter’s Super Lawyers, and Lawdragon 500 as a Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer. He has achieved significant settlements and verdicts in multiple personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, sexual assault, discrimination, and automotive negligence.

Injuries Caused by Defective Products

Defective products can cause injuries ranging from minor abrasions, burns, or discomfort to significant disfigurement, life-changing medical conditions, or even death.

Defective products may harm only the user, or they can create situations where others nearby are harmed, such as when a vehicle has braking or engine problems and causes a car accident.

At The Lanier Law Firm, we can help you if you’ve sustained an injury such as:

  • Ovarian cancer from the use of talc
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Broken bones, fractures, and joint injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death

Laws Designed to Protect Consumers from Dangerous Products

Although there is no codified federal standard for product liability and damages, several laws are designed to protect the consumer from dangerous or poorly made, harmful products.

Design Defect

Design defect laws cover products that are fundamentally dangerous or unsound. A design defect is a problem with the overall product itself; therefore, all of the products have the same flaw.

For example, if the seat belt latch in a new car is too small to stay inside the buckle well, then all of the cars of that year and model would have the same flaw since they were all crafted from the same flawed design plan.

Manufacturing Defect