What are the Different Types of Product Liability Cases?
One of the biggest areas of personal injury is product liability cases. These cases are intended to hold companies responsible for selling dangerous products. If you or your child are hurt by a toy or other product, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer in Houston, Texas.
Lately, you’ve probably seen a lot of news about dangerous drugs and medical devices. Some of the cases that have been in the news lately are:
- Hernia mesh
- IVC Filters
There have also been a lot of cases involving Round Up weed killer and Talcum Powder. These are some of the largest pieces of litigation going on right now.
But not all product liability cases make the news. In fact, most never do. They aren’t part of large class-action lawsuits. They’re simply personal injury suits filed by individuals like you.
If you have injuries because of a product, you need to call and speak with one of the personal injury lawyers at McDonald Worley in Houston, Texas.
Your Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston Knows the Main Types of Product Liability Cases
There are three (3) main types of product liability cases. They’re all handled by personal injury lawyers. They’re also all lodged against manufacturers of consumer products.
- Manufacturing defects
- Dangerous design
- Inadequate warnings
The type of lawsuit you file depends on what kind of product injured you.
These are cases where the product itself isn’t dangerous. The problem is, the product was made wrong. Accidents happen. When you think of the number of products made every year, chances are, some of them will have manufacturing defects. The problem is, not all defects lead to injuries. Examples of manufacturing defects include:
- Food with shards of glass in them
- A car with faulty brakes
- A drug that has too high a concentration of an active ingredient
Some products will never be safe no matter how perfectly they are made. The products are inherently dangerous. The person who designed the product simply didn’t have safety in mind when they designed it. Some examples of design defects include:
- A car that explodes when hit in a certain spot
- A hedge trimmer that doesn’t have blade locks
- A toy that presents a choking hazard for children
Some products could be safe had the manufacturer included a warning. Although a written warning doesn’t always absolve a manufacturer of all liability, it does help. Some examples of products that have inadequate warnings include:
- A drug that has a deadly interaction but that interaction isn’t listed on the bottle
- A toy that is meant to be played with by children over a certain age
- Food that contains certain nuts or allergic products
What Kind of Damages Can Your Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston Demand?
If you’re hurt by a product, you may be eligible for compensation. The amount of compensation depends on the seriousness of your injuries. You do have to actually suffer an injury in order to file suit. Just because you could have gotten hurt by a product doesn’t entitle you to compensation.
You may have heard stories about the person who found a finger in their soup and sued for millions. This wouldn’t really happen. First, they’d have to eat the finger to even suffer damages. And, if they discovered the finger before they ate the soup, they have to stop. If they continue to eat the soup hoping to file suit, their claim will be barred.
If you have injuries, then you deserve compensation for damages. Some of these damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Your personal injury lawyer in Houston will fight to get you as much as possible.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston Today
If you’re injured in a product liability case, you will need a good personal injury lawyer in Houston. The manufacturer is going to have a whole team of lawyers working for them. You don’t want to try to handle the case yourself.
There may be several parties you have to pursue. Your attorney will take care of this for you. He may file a claim against any of the following:
- The manufacturer
- The company who packaged the product
- The store who sold it
- The designer
- a doctor who prescribed a dangerous drug
If you’ve been hurt, call McDonald Worley and schedule your initial consultation today. The consultation is free and you pay nothing until your case settles.