When you retain an Abilene defective products attorney from Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, you have the power of extensive experience aggressively pursuing your interests in the name of justice. These cases are usually expert-intensive, but we are not afraid of doing the necessary work to make sure you are fairly compensated.
Texas’ laws pertaining to defective products were written to protect consumers like you, which is why these liability cases have the second-highest median damage awards relative to personal injury claims. You can talk to one of our Abilene defective product lawyers without cost by calling (325) 437-2424 for a free consultation. Get the information you need to protect your legal rights, and the representation you require to fight back.
Our Abilene defective product lawyers understand the stakes
- Injuries and deaths caused by defective products are more common than you may think
- Cases involving defective product liability are often complicated and require expert testimony from professionals in relative industries
- Our team of lawyers understand how the law applies to individuals, and we will thoroughly investigate your unique case
- Defective products laws were written to protect victims, so protect yourself with help from one of our qualified lawyers
Product liability claims cover a broad spectrum of legal cases. You can file a product liability claim if you were injured or suffered some other damages through the use of some product. If you’re wondering if you may have a product liability case, you should speak with one of our lawyers immediately. In the meantime, you can ask yourself the following questions to help determine whether your situation may qualify for a product liability claim.
- Did you suffer injury or damages because of a product’s defective manufacture?
- Were you injuries caused due a product’s defective design?
- Did the manufacturer fail to provide adequate instruction or warning concerning the use of their product, resulting in injury or damages?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s likely you have cause to consider a product liability claim.
Understanding your defective product claim
To better understand how your Abilene defective product lawyer will approach your case, we’ve broken down these cases into three broad categories, as outlined below.
Defectively manufactured products make up the majority of product liability claims. If a manufacturer sells a product that is defective, it may cause injury or some other damages to the user who purchased it. Often these defects developed at the factory where it was manufactured, causing it to be somehow different than the rest of its kind.
For example, a bicycle has a manufacturing defect where the chain is cracked. After limited use, the purchaser is riding on the street and the chain breaks, causing them to drive off the road, fall, and suffer injury. You should realize that you would still need to prove that your injury was caused by the defective product, and not because of your own misuse of the bicycle or poor steering skills.
Defective Product Design results in an entire line of products being somehow dangerous to the user. In these cases, injury is caused even though the manufacturer’s specifications for product use were followed.
As an example, an automotive manufacturer may produce a car with seatbelts that fail under certain circumstances. If you suffer injury because of the defective design of these seatbelts, you may have a case. However, you still must prove that the seatbelt failure increased the severity of your injury and that you were wearing it at the time of the accident.
Failure to provide the user with adequate instructions or warnings is the third case that falls within this category. Product manufacturers are required to provide these instructions and warnings to adequately inform the buyer concerning the proper use of their product.
So, if an over-the-counter pharmaceutical company develops a pain relief medication that fails to list a certain dangerous side effect, and the user suffers injury as a result, it could qualify for a defective product case. It would still be necessary to prove that the injury was the direct result of the drug’s usage, and not because of some other reason.
Your Abilene defective product lawyer has handled numerous liability cases
Defective products cause far more injury and wrongful death that you may imagine. In fact, thousands of unsuspecting people are injured by everything from faulty power cords to carelessly designed automobiles. Flaws in the design and manufacture of common household items can instantly alter your life in ways you never imagined.
The injuries sustained because of defective products are often severe, and many are life threatening. Compensation for these cases can come in the following forms:
- Medical care, including emergency care, doctor bills, hospital stays, and medication
- Income lost because of missing work due to injury
- Physical and mental distress caused by trauma, scarring, burns, etc.
- Other damages resulting from defective products
If you’ve been injured or suffered some loss because of faulty goods, our Abilene defective product attorneys can help. We’ve seen firsthand how devastating the effects of defective products can be, so our primary goal is to help you recover both physically and financially.
Defective products – identifying the likely suspects
We reviewed common defective product situations, but what are the attributes that define a product as being “defective?”
- The item is unreasonably dangerous and/or poses significant threat
- It fails to convey accurate warnings about possible dangers associated with use
- The manufacturer failed to provide instructions that accurately conveyed proper use
There is really no limit to the types of products that could qualify as defective, but some of the more common cases our lawyers handle include:
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Retail products
- Machinery and equipment
- Medical devices
- Consumer electronics
Your Abilene defective product lawyer explains your legal rights
As consumers, we all have expectations that the products we purchase and use will be safe. The manufacturers of these products are required by law to ensure that they don’t harm the people that use them. This means that you have legal rights that accompany every purchase you make.
We reviewed the three most common varieties of defective product cases, but it should be noted that most injuries are due to the lack of a primary safety feature. What this means is that a defective design often means that no safety mechanism or feature was in place to prevent the user from injury.