Austin Product Liability Attorney
Handling Dangerous & Defective Product Claims in Texas
When you purchase a product, whether it’s a new car or a gas stove, you expect it to work – and it should. Manufacturers and designers alike have a responsibility to produce products that function as they should and are safe for the general public to use. Unfortunately, not every product that comes into our hands is safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Americans seek medical attention for 30 to 40 million consumer product-related injuries every year, and these injuries cost consumers $1 trillion in damages.
Chris Morrow at Chris Morrow Law, PLLC has helped individuals seek compensation after being injured by defective or dangerous products for over two decades and can sit down with you to help you understand your options. Our product liability attorney in Austin is dedicated to our community and personally handles every case our firm takes on from start to finish.
On This Page:
- What Is Product Liability?
- Can Retailers Be Held Liable?
- Who Can Bring a Product Liability Lawsuit?
- What Compensation Can You Receive?
- Common Types of Defective Products
When it comes to personal injury, individuals can file product liability claims when they’ve been injured because of a manufacturer, seller, or distributor’s negligence that led to a product being dangerous or defective. Consumers have legal protections when they’ve been injured by products that are dangerous, and the Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972 provides for a commission that can issue recalls or ban products.
There is currently no federal product liability law, so product liability claims vary by state. Texas operates under a strict product liability law, meaning that manufacturers and designers are responsible for the harm their products cause – it doesn’t matter whether they were careless or reckless, though individuals can also file a claim based on negligence if they have evidence.
To have a successful product liability claim, victims must prove certain elements and have substantial evidence so the at-fault party in question can’t evade liability or blame the consumer for their injuries.
You must prove the following elements to obtain compensation in a claim:
- The product was defective
- The defect was unreasonably dangerous
- The defect caused your injuries
Though individuals generally have two years from the date of injury to file personal injury claims in Texas, when it comes to product liability the statute of limitations to file a claim is 15 years from the date of purchase. Some individuals can take additional time if their injuries were delayed or if the product came with a longer warranty. This is all information that Chris Morrow can help you understand when you call us for a free consultation.
In general, yes, sometimes retailers can be held responsible for selling a defective product. However, it's always best to speak with a product liability lawyer before assuming you know who is responsible for the dangerous product. Sometimes more than one party can be held responsible.
When it comes to filing a product liability claim, anyone who has been injured or suffered damages as a result of a defective or faulty product has the right to pursue a claim against the manufacturer, distributor or retailer.
Individuals can suffer from a variety of injuries depending on the product defect. A car accident caused by defective brakes, for example, can result in broken bones, whiplash, brain damage, and spinal cord injuries. A hairdryer that catches on fire can inflict severe third-degree burns that require skin grafting. Regardless of the product defect, these injuries can be catastrophic and result in high damages like medical bills and lost income.
Our product liability lawyer in Austin can meet with you personally to understand how much pain and damages you’ve accrued. Through direct and honest communication, we can go after the full amount of compensation you deserve so you can heal and the company responsible can answer for their negligence.
Chris Morrow is here to help. Call our Austin product liability lawyer after you’ve been injured by a dangerous product at (512) 641-5232. We can inform you of your consumer rights and protections.