Product Liability Attorneys in Dallas, TX
How often are dangerous & defective products sold?
When you visit your local retail store to pick up a new toy for your child, a household appliance or even an over-the-counter medication, the last thing on your mind is, "Will this product be safe for me to use?" As a consumer, you expect all products to be reasonably safe – as you should – but unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Statistics show that dangerous and defective products are put out on store shelves across the United States, implemented into new vehicles and sold to manual laborers at a rather alarming rate. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that approximately 212,000 people sought out emergency medical assistance in 2002 for dangerous toy use alone. This number does not account for the countless others who have been harmed by defective auto parts, unsafe medications and faulty work equipment, so there is no telling just how wide-spread this problem really is.
Understanding the Three Types of Liability
Product liability refers to the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers are held accountable for the injuries that their products cause to consumers. Since a single product is passed between so many hands before it actually makes it onto store shelves, you must determine who is actually responsible for providing an inherently dangerous product.
If, for example, your child was injured after falling out of baby chair, you would need to figure out which part of the design, manufacturing or marketing was conducted negligently – which are the three main points of liability. It could be discovered that the chair was flawed from the time it was designed, that it was the product of a manufacturing error or that it was sold with inadequate warning labels. Depending on the conclusion of your investigation, you would then be able to determine who is responsible for providing you with damages.
How much could my product liability case be worth?
If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be wondering whether or not it would be worth it to pursue compensation. The idea of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be off-putting to some, but the legal team at Lenahan Law Firm encourages you to explore your options before making a final decision. To start, it may be helpful to understand just how much your case could be worth.
According to a study that was conducted by Jury Verdict Research, the median compensatory award for product liability cases is approximately $1,532,000. When looking at these cases more specifically, however, the median awards are as follows: Industrial and Construction Product Liability ($1,254,000), Medical Product Liability ($1,254,000), Commercial Product Liability ($725,000) and Consumer Product Liability ($279,000). Although it cannot be guaranteed that your case will follow a similar trend, it is a good way to gauge the potential worth.
Speak to a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney Today
Have you been injured by a dangerous or defective product in Dallas, Texas? If so, it is imperative that you take action quickly – as all personal injury claims are subject to the state's statute of limitations. This means that you only have a limited amount of time to pursue the compensation, and the justice, that you deserve. For this reason, Lenahan Law Firm encourages you to get in touch with a Dallas injury lawyer at the firm as soon as possible.
Our valuable legal advice is free when you call the firm toll-free at (888) 473-2820 or submit a free case evaluation form online, so do not hesitate to take the first step today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!