Most consumers never consider that they could be harmed by the products they purchase. In Texas, if a consumer is injured or otherwise suffers damages from a product, they may have a product liability claim.
Manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who produce and distribute products have a legal responsibility to consumers and are liable for injuries and damages.
There are three types of defects that may make these entities liable.
A design defect makes the product itself defective and makes it unreasonably dangerous for its intended use.
A manufacturing defect happens when the product is manufactured, making it different from its intended design and unreasonably dangerous.
A marketing defect occurs in the way the product is marketed, like a product that is missing a warning label.
A person who is injured by a defective product can have long-lasting harm. If a person successfully brings a product liability claim, they may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.
Common product liability cases
Common product liability cases involve consumer products like appliances, electronics and toys. They may also include claims for injuries caused by medical devices or prescription drugs. Sometimes, consumers are harmed by over-the-counter medication as well.
Consumers can also be harmed by food and drinks, like packaged items and supplements or by hazardous materials, like building insulation, roofing or plumbing systems.
These are only some examples of situations that may lead to a product liability claim. If a person believes they have a claim for product liability, there may be time limits to file.