Other Types of Defective Product Cases
For the vast majority of Americans, the days of making everything we used are long gone. Virtually everything we use is a mass-produced product — our clothes, our household goods, our vehicles, our smartphones.
We wake up to alarm clocks, shamble down to the kitchen in our jammies where our pre-programmed coffee maker has a fresh brew waiting for us, check the weather on our phones before showering and getting dressed for the day. We use electric toothbrushes, hair dryers, and razors as part of our grooming routine. Then we climb into a big, heavy machine to drive to work, and may use more heavy machinery when we get to work.
The omnipresence of products, technology, and machines in our lives means we rely on the people who design, manufacture, distribute, and sell products to ensure that the products we use in every facet of our lives are safe when we bring them home. We expect our toasters and coffee makers and hair dryers and power tools to be safe to operate, as long as we use them in the manner in which they are intended to be used.
When a product has some defect when it leaves the factory or hits the shelves in a store, it may be hazardous and cause injury. When the carafe of hot coffee breaks in our hands because there was a defect in the glass, we may suffer serious burns. When the electronic garage door opener goes on the fritz because it had defective wiring, it could fall on us and cause serious head, spinal cord, or limb injuries.
When you are injured as a result of a defect in a product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit to seek compensation of your injuries and other losses. Product liability lawsuits are centered on the idea that consumers should be able to expect that products they use are reasonably safe, and that when products are unsafe the manufacturers, designers, or others involved in the supply chain can be held accountable for harm that occurs.
With the help of an experienced Houston defective products lawyer, you may be able to recover compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
How Products May Be Defective
A defect may be introduced anywhere in the manufacturing, distribution, or sales process. The nature of the defect and when it occurred in that process will determine who may be liable for your injuries or other damages caused by the defect.
In general, a product may be defective in one or more of the following ways:
- Manufacturing Defect — A defect that occurs in the manufacturing process, when substandard materials are used or a component is omitted
- Design Defect — A defect that happens in the design or engineering process, when the product is conceived in a way that makes it dangerous to use, or it lacks reasonable safety standards
- Warning Defect — A lack of appropriate warning or labeling of a product’s potential dangers
Common Types of Product Defects
Virtually any type of product may have some defect, although some types of products and defects are more prone to cause harm than others. Some common types of product defects that we encounter include:
- Defective Household Products — Household products include a wide variety of potential dangers that may include toxic chemicals, fire risk, choking hazards, electrocution risk, or sharp, broken, or jagged edges that can cause serious lacerations or even amputations.
- Defective Equipment and Machinery — Heavy industrial equipment and machinery often are dangerous simply because of the size and function of these pieces of equipment. When heavy equipment is defective, the hazards may include burns, electrocution, mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries, crushing injury, amputation, spinal cord injury, or other catastrophic injury.
- Prescription Drug and Medical Device Defects — Defective prescription drugs or medical devices may exacerbate medical conditions or cause new ailments, depending on the nature of the device or medication.
- Product Recalls — Various federal government agencies are responsible for notifying the public when a product is recalled because of a dangerous defect. Recalls can affect any type of product. Common types of recalls include motor vehicles, child safety products, baby products, prescription drugs, medical devices, and processed food.
Contact our Houston Defective Product Lawyers
When a product upon which our daily lives rely is defective, the resulting injury may lead not only to physical harm but to a sense of helplessness or injustice. As ordinary citizens, the prospect of battling a large company and trying to hold it accountable for its defective products can seem daunting and hopeless.
However, it’s important to know that you don’t have to wage your fight for justice and accountability alone. The skilled Houston product liability lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have extensive experience in pursuing product claims against large corporations and helping people like you obtain the compensation they deserve for a serious injury.
Our team of lawyers is dedicated to fighting on your behalf regardless of the size of the opponent. We have the knowledge, talent, and resources to pursue product liability cases to their fullest extent — including taking cases to trial and presenting the strongest possible argument to a jury to demonstrate why you deserve compensation.