According to the Annual Statistical Report for the Texas Judiciary – Fiscal Year 2020, there were about 272 new product liability case filings in district courts across Texas. Several consumers are injured by faulty or defective products every year. Thankfully, product liability laws enable victims to hold the manufacturer or seller liable for injuries or harm caused by such faulty consumer products. If you’ve been injured by a faulty, unsafe, or defective product, you may be eligible to seek fair compensation.
At Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP, we have the diligence, skill, and resources to guide and represent clients in product liability claims. Our skilled Texas personal injury attorneys can evaluate all of the facts of your case and help explore your possible legal options to pursue damages. As your legal counsel, we can help protect your best interests and help you seek fair financial compensation to cover medical bills, property damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other potential damages.
Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP is proud to serve clients across Pearland, Texas, and neighboring areas of Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Austin.
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Understanding Product Liability
Consumer products are expected to be safe for use. If such a product causes an injury to the user, the manufacturer, supplier, distributor, retailer, or seller may be held liable. Under Texas’ Products Liability law, an individual who suffers a personal injury caused by a defective, faulty, or unsafe product may bring a product liability action or lawsuit against the person or company that manufactured or sold the product.
Types of Product Defects
In Texas, a plaintiff may file a product liability action for defects due to the design, manufacturing, or marketing.
Design Defect: A design defect is a flaw that is inherent in the product’s design, thereby making it unsafe or dangerous for the consumer. Even when the item was manufactured correctly, a defect in the product’s design can expose the user to possible hazards.
Manufacturing Defects: A manufacturing defect is a flaw that occurs while manufacturing the item. Due to such manufacturing defects, the product becomes automatically unsafe for the consumer.
Marketing Defects (Failure to Warn): However, producers and manufacturers are required to provide clear instructions regarding how to operate or use a product safely. A product liability action may be based on marketing defects – including improper labeling, inadequate instructions, or insufficient safety warnings.
Under Texas laws, product liability claims are based on strict liability. This means that plaintiffs are not required to prove negligence or fault in product liability claims. If there is a defect in the item and this caused the victim’s injury or harm, the defendant (manufacturer or seller) will be held liable (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 82).
Statute of Limitations in Texas
In Texas, the statute of limitations for product liability claims is usually two years from the date the plaintiff suffered the injury or harm.
Here is some possible compensation that is recovered through a Texas product liability claim:
Medical expenses, including the cost of future medical treatments
Lost income and benefits
Loss of earning capacity
Physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish
Disfigurement, scarring, or permanent disability
Funeral or burial, if the victim dies
Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury or accident.
When you have been injured due to a defective, unsafe, or poorly manufactured product, you need to reach out to our attorneys as quickly as possible. Our experienced Texas product liability attorneys can assess every aspect of your case and enlighten you about your available options to pursue damages.
How Legal Counsel Can Help
A faulty or defective product can be dangerous and expose a consumer to significant risks of personal injuries. Unfortunately, such an incident can affect your physical, mental, and financial health. Regardless, you don’t have to go through the financial liability and challenges alone. Therefore, you need to act quickly and retain one of our skilled personal injury attorneys for proper guidance.
At Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP, our attorneys are committed to offering detailed legal guidance, support, and reliable representation to clients who have been due to defective or poorly manufactured products. Using comprehensive knowledge of the laws addressing liability in personal injury cases involving faulty products, our team can help guide you through the often complex legal process.
Product Liability Attorneys Serving Pearland, Texas
If you or someone you know has been injured by a faulty or defective product, you may recover damages. Contact Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP today to schedule a simple consultation. Our skilled attorneys possess the experienced legal counsel and compassionate representation you need to pursue fair compensation for your injuries, damages, or loss. Our firm proudly represents clients across Pearland, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Austin, Texas.