Houston Dangerous Product Attorneys
Fighting to Recover Compensation for Houston Victims Injured by Dangerous Products
When you purchase a product, you expect it to be safe and function as promised. You are probably not worried about a product being hazardous beyond the warnings provided by the manufacturer, but dangerous defects can arise during the design or production processes, potentially leading to tragic outcomes. Manufacturers responsible for these defects can be held liable for the injuries they cause, meaning you may be able to recover damages if you were harmed by a dangerous product.
You deserve a legal team who will do whatever it takes to secure the compensation you deserve. At Potts Law Firm, it’s all about our commitment to our clients. We have recovered over $1 billion and understand the intricacies of Texas product liability law. Our Houston dangerous product lawyers will leverage our extensive resources to hold manufacturers accountable and get you the financial resources you need to cover losses and move forward. No case is too complex, and you will have the full support of our responsive legal professionals from beginning to end.
You pay no legal fees unless we win, so contact us online or call (713) 348-9638 to schedule a free initial consultation today. We offer same-day appointments and provide services in English and Spanish.
Types of Product Defects Recognized under Texas State Law
Product liability laws vary by state. Fortunately, Texas defines product liability as a “strict liability” offense, meaning you do not have to prove negligence to establish liability and recover damages. If a defect existed in a product and that defect caused you injury, you may have a claim.
The three main types of product defects recognized in Texas are:
- Design defects. A design defect exists if a product is unreasonably and avoidably dangerous despite no problems or errors during the manufacturing process. To prove the existence of a design defect, you must show that a less inherently dangerous design could have reasonably been used without sacrificing utility. Note that a product is not necessarily defective in design if it is unavoidably dangerous due to its function. For example, an industrial tool with sharp edges is bound to be dangerous to anyone who uses it, but that does not automatically mean its design is defective.
- Manufacturing defects. Manufacturing defects are caused by errors made during the production process, meaning the issue will not affect every unit of the product. A manufacturing defect will typically result in a product not functioning as designed or promised. For example, a vehicle’s safety features may not engage when they are supposed to, leading to more severe injuries in a collision. You must be able to provide evidence of the manufacturing defect, which can be difficult if the product was damaged or destroyed as a result of the defect.
- Failing to warn. Certain products will have inherent dangers that may not be immediately obvious to the average consumer. Whenever a product presents a danger known to the manufacturer or requires instructions for safe use, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to provide clear warnings and instructions. If these safety elements are not provided with the product, the manufacturer may be liable for any resulting injuries.
Defective pharmaceuticals operate under different rules than other defective products. In Texas, manufacturers are often able to escape liability for defective pharmaceuticals if the drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the manufacturer used warning statements cleared by the FDA. Manufacturers may be liable if they deliberately withheld information from the FDA or if they market an approved drug for off-label use that was not approved by the FDA.
Not sure whether you have a product liability claim? Our Houston dangerous product attorneys are happy to review your situation and walk you through your legal options.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured by an unreasonably dangerous product, do not wait to get legal advice. Call (713) 348-9638 or contact us online to discuss your options with our team today.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Dangerous Product Lawsuit in Texas?
In Texas, you typically have two years from the date you were injured by a dangerous product to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. If you sustained a straightforward injury in a single incident, such as a crash caused or worsened by a defective automobile component, you must make every effort to take legal action before this time limit expires. Otherwise, you will most likely be barred from recovering any damages.
In some instances, you may not immediately realize you were injured by a dangerous product. For example, it may take weeks, months, or even years for the adverse consequences of a defective pharmaceutical to become apparent. In these cases, you will usually get two years from the date you discovered (or reasonably should have discovered) the dangerous product-related injuries. However, a 15-year statute of repose does apply to product liability cases in Texas. This means you cannot sue if more than 15 years have passed from the day you purchased the dangerous product, even if you only discovered your injuries after that time.
The time limits that apply to your case may also be further complicated if the manufacturer of the dangerous product or defective component is based somewhere other than Texas. Thus, as a general rule, you should reach out to Potts Law Firm as soon as a dangerous product injures you (or you realize your injuries may be the result of a defective product).
Avandia Aggregate Settlement Seven-Figure Settlement
Potts Law Firm entered a high seven-figure aggregate settlement on behalf of clients that ingested Avandia and were injured.
Wrongful Death of Employee $6.35 Million
Potts Law Firm served as lead counsel for the family of a man who was killed while on the job due to a product failure. After a short time in litigation, Potts Law Firm was able to settle the case and also received a voluntary worldwide recall of the product; ensuring no one else would suffer injuries or death resulting from the failed product in the future.