The last thing anybody should have to worry about is whether or not a product they purchase will cause them or a loved one harm. However, faulty products make it into the hands of consumers on a regular basis. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping victims injured by defective products secure the compensation they need from negligent companies and manufacturers. Let our Dallas product liability attorneys get to work on your case today.
Whether you know it or not, you hear about defective products on a regular basis. Most commonly, faulty children’s toys, defective automobile parts, or tainted pharmaceuticals make it into the news. However, when we examine the government website that tracks all current recalls across the country, we can see that defective products regularly make it into the hands of consumers. There is virtually no industry without faulty products:
Unfortunately, faulty products can lead to serious injuries and illnesses for consumers. Some of the most common injuries caused by faulty products include:
We also know that the recall list is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to defective products on the market, as many defective products do not make it to that list but still cause harm to consumers.
There are various ways in which products can become defective: a design flaw, a manufacturing error, or a marketing problem.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to a faulty or defective product, there are various timelines that you need to be aware of. First, injury victims need to know that they have a limited amount of time to file their claims. The Texas personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that the injury victim has a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party, whether that party is a company, manufacturer, third-party seller, or distributor.
Additionally, any person injured by a product needs to know of something called the statute of repose. A statute of repose specifies a window of time from the date which a product is first sold during which a person can file a product liability claim against the negligent party. Every state has a different statute of repose. In Texas, premises liability injury victims must have filed their lawsuit no later than 15 years from the date the product was first sold. In other words, if you go to the thrift store and buy a product off the shelf that has never been opened but is 20 years old, and if that product causes an injury, you will likely be unable to file a lawsuit against the company that made the product.
If you or somebody you care about sustains an injury due to a defective product, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. Our Dallas product liability attorneys are often able to help clients recover the following types of economic and non-economic compensation:
Many people wonder whether or not they can handle these cases on their own without any assistance from an attorney. Unfortunately, these cases often put injury victims going up against well-funded companies and their insurance carriers. However, a Dallas product liability attorney will level the playing field. When you work with an attorney, you are gaining an advocate with the resources and experience necessary to conduct a complete investigation into the case. This can include:
If you or somebody you love has been injured or become ill due to a defective product, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our qualified and experienced team will investigate the faulty product and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.