Weatherford Product Liability Lawyer
Have you or someone you love been injured by a defective or dangerous product in Weatherford? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages through a product liability lawsuit.
Jason Stephens of Stephens Law Firm, PLLC has more than 22 years of experience representing injury victims in Texas.
Get representation from an award-winning lawyer who has secured some of the largest awards in Texas history. Contact the law firm today for a free consultation with a Weatherford product liability lawyer.
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How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help with a Defective Product Claim
You trust that a product you purchase or a drug you are prescribed is safe. While everything comes with risk in life, your life shouldn’t be threatened by a medical device that is supposed to improve your quality of life.
Nor should you worry that your child will be seriously injured playing with a toy.
Unfortunately, millions of people in the United States are hurt by dangerous or defective products every year. While Texas law allows you to hold manufacturers and distributors accountable for defective products, these cases are notoriously complicated.
Proving a product liability claim requires a thorough investigation, hard evidence, and expert testimony. You may be facing a major company with a team of highly paid lawyers. You deserve a Weatherford personal injury lawyer who has the experience, skill, and dedication to fight for you.
Jason Stephens of Stephens Law Firm, PLLC has more than 22 years of experience fighting major corporations with a proven track record. As an award-winning trial attorney, he will never push you into an unfair settlement. Jason Stephens has secured some of the largest verdicts in Texas and U.S. history and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America.
When you turn to Jason Stephens to represent you in your product liability case, you can count on him to:
- Investigate your case to identify the product defect
- Work with experts to strengthen your case and prove liability
- Negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company and manufacturer
- Level the playing field with the resources your case deserves
- Represent you in court and present your case to a jury if a fair settlement isn’t reached
Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a free case review with a compassionate Weatherford product liability lawyer who will not rest in fighting for your rights.
What Is Product Liability in Texas?
Texas product liability law holds manufacturers and distributors strictly liable for their products. This means consumers do not have to establish that the distributor or manufacturer was negligent, only that the product had a dangerous defect. When a company sells, designs, or manufactures a product that is unreasonably dangerous or defective, they can be held financially accountable.
There are three primary forms of product liability in Texas: defects in marketing, manufacture, or design.
Defective Product Design
If a product is not designed properly, it will be inherently dangerous. In this case, all poorly designed products on the shelves may pose a risk to consumers.
Companies have a duty to ensure their product design is reasonably safe. Of course, some products have inherent dangers, such as power tools and kitchen knives. However, the product must be reasonably safe. If a power tool has plastic housing that melts when used for more than 15 minutes at high heat, it may be considered a bad design.
Proving a product’s design is defective may be done by first determining if the product could have been designed safely. Your personal injury lawyer will work with experts to determine if another design would have allowed the product to function as intended at a reasonable cost. If the product could have been designed to be substantially similar and safer without a considerably higher expense, the company should have chosen that option.
Defective Product Manufacturing
Sometimes a product has a safe design but defects occur during the manufacturing process. This happens when the blueprints for the product are not followed. A crucial part may have been missing, the manufacturing machines may not have been calibrated, or parts may not have been attached or installed correctly.
Depending on the defect, an entire product line may be affected or just a single product. Proving a manufacturing defect requires showing that the product had a safe design but the product you received differs from the design.
Marketing Defects or Failure to Warn
A manufacturer or distributor is generally not held responsible for injuries caused by dangers that should have been obvious. For example, consumers should realize that a product with a large blade is sharp and dangerous. However, if a danger isn’t very clear, companies have a legal obligation to warn consumers.
This duty is why you will see several warning labels on most products you purchase. There are many ways a company can be held liable for failure to warn. For example, a pharmaceutical company can be liable for not disclosing known side effects of a drug.
Companies do not just have to warn about inherent dangers when the product is used as intended. They should also consider predictable misuse of the product and possible dangers.
Common Types of Product Liability Claims in Weatherford
Jason Stephens of Stephens Law Firm, PLLC represents clients in all types of product liability cases in Weatherford. Nearly any type of product can cause injury or death when it is defective or unreasonably unsafe. The most common types of products involved in product liability claims include:
- Power tools or hand tools
- Construction equipment like ladders
- Safety devices like airbags
- Prescription medications
- Medical devices including hernia mesh and IVC filters
- Household and lawn chemicals
If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product in Weatherford, contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC to schedule your complimentary case review with Jason Stephens.
Injuries Caused by Defective Products
Defective products can cause serious and even fatal injury. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 3 million injuries and 22,000 fatalities are attributed to dangerous products every year. Just in the last decade, major cases involving defective products have included:
- Defective Takata airbags, recalled in 2014, affected 40 million vehicles and caused at least 16 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries.
- Transvaginal mesh lawsuits against multiple manufacturers have resulted in more than $1.5 billion in settlements for more than 100,000 people.
- Defective General Motors ignition switches, recalled in 2014 and affecting 2.6 million vehicles, were responsible for at least 124 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Jason Stephens of Stephens Law Firm, PLLC represents victims who have suffered all types of injuries caused by dangerous products including:
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries
- Eye injuries
- Organ damage
- Wrongful death
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury due to a dangerous or defective product, schedule a free consultation with the Weatherford product liability lawyer at Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today.
What Compensation Is Available in a Product Liability Claim?
If your product liability claim is successful, you may be entitled to a range of damages. Victims hurt by unsafe products typically recover compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Temporary or permanent disability and reduced earning capacity
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and companionship
Jason Stephens will work with medical experts to show the extent of your injuries and how your life has been affected. He will build the strongest case possible and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Product Liability Claim in Texas
You have a limited time to file a product liability claim. In Texas, the standard statute of limitations for a product liability claim is just two years. These types of claims also have a statute of repose which specifies the time period from when the product is first sold to consumers to when claims are no longer valid. The statute of repose for product liability claims against a distributor or manufacturer is 15 years from the date the product is first available.
While two years may sound like a long time, the longer you wait to pursue your claim, the harder it becomes to gather evidence and prove liability and damages. It’s important to consult with an experienced product liability lawyer in Weatherford as soon as possible to protect your claim.
Contact a Weatherford Product Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Product liability is one of the most complicated areas of personal injury law. These cases can be very difficult to prove without the right help on your side and you may be up against a very well-funded team of lawyers fighting your claim. When you have been injured by a defective product, you deserve all the protection the law offers and the compensation you need to move forward.
Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation with Jason Stephens, an award-winning Weatherford product liability lawyer, to discuss your case.