Consumers should be able trust the products they purchase are safe when used as designed. Unfortunately, thousands of consumers are injured every year, often by common products and devices they use every day. The list of potential defective products is nearly endless. Sometimes the failure of these products causes significant injuries or death. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products. On the CPSC website you will find information on over 4,500 product recalls and recall alerts.
If you have been injured or a family member has been killed because of a product defect, call 1-800-772-0828 to speak with one of the experienced lawyers at Altman Legal Group. Our attorneys have handled many cases involving product defects and have recovered thousands of dollars for injured clients.
There are several different types of product defects:
- Design defects
- A flaw in the product’s design which makes the product inherently dangerous
- Manufacturing defects
- A problem with the manufacturing process causing the product to be defective
- Marketing defects
- When a product lacks appropriate instructions or warnings
Products liability is the area of law that requires designers, manufacturers and suppliers to pay for injuries to consumers caused by defects and hazards in the products they market. The purpose of products liability law is to ensure that the costs of injuries resulting from defective products are borne by the parties who place such defective products on the market.
The claims most commonly associated with product liability are:
- Strict liability
- Breach of warranty
- And various consumer protection claims
A consumer or user of a product who has been injured by a defective product may bring a claim for damages. The injured person does not have to be the person who purchased the product. A person who borrowed a product, received it as a gift, or was required to use the product in their work may also bring a claim for product liability.
There is no federal products liability law. Most states have enacted comprehensive products liability statutes. These statutory provisions vary and may be quite complex. Product liability laws vary from state to state, but the basic premise is that companies have a duty to protect consumers from potential hazards, even if the damage is primarily caused by consumer negligence or deliberate misuse. Courts have held that manufacturers generally have more innate knowledge about their products, so it falls on them to assume financial responsibility for injuries and property damage.
Product Injury Lawyers in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma
Altman Legal Group represents clients for personal injury claims across Texas, Oklahoma and many other states. We regularly handle personal injury cases in Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Graham, Sheppard Air Force Base, Iowa Park, Henrietta, Electra, Seymour, Eastland, Vernon, Jacksboro, Stephenville and many others. Cities we serve in Oklahoma include Lawton, Duncan, Ft. Sill, Altus, and many more.
Our attorneys are ready to serve you. If your life has been changed because of someone else’s careless acts that resulted in injury, call our Lawton or Wichita Falls office at 1-800-772-0828.