Christensen Law Firm, PLLC
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Many of the products we use every day are comprised of intricate mechanical and electrical systems. Even items that are fairly simple can have moving parts and sharp edges that can cause an injury if they are not used properly. Injuries caused by faulty and defective consumer products can have severe complications. Individuals who are injured in this type of accident can file product liability claims to seek compensation for their injury-related damages, such as their medical bills and lost wages.
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Product liability is the responsibility of a manufacturer to ensure that the products it releases to the market are safe for consumers to use. When a victim is injured because of a manufacturer’s failure to ensure its product’s safety, the manufacturer is liable for the victim’s damages. In other words, the manufacturer may be required to compensate the victim for the financial expenses he or she faced as a result of the injury.
There are a few different ways a product can be dangerous for consumers. These are:
Faulty designs. When there is a flaw in the product’s design and it is manufactured according to this design, all existing copies of the product are dangerous. Depending on the product and the nature of the flaw, the product might malfunction or fail to protect the user from inherent safety risks in using it;
Manufacturing defects. In certain cases, a product’s design is perfectly safe but there is an error in manufacturing that renders it unsafe. This could be an improperly placed part, the substitution of a part or material other than the one called for in the original design, or simply not securing parts of the product together. With this type of error, a specific batch of products could be dangerous while other batches are completely safe; and
Marketing defects. Certain items have inherent risks. These items must have clear, understandable warnings and safety instructions for users. Other items can potentially cause harm if they are not used properly. These, too, must have safety instructions and must be accurately advertised. When an item’s marketing suggests that it does not have safety risks or that using the item in a specific manner is appropriate, the company that marketed the product could be liable for victim’s injury damages.
Do not throw the product away. Keep it, along with photographs of the accident and your injury at the time, in a safe place. These are pieces of evidence you will need to support your product liability claim. Seek medical attention for the injury as soon as you can. Receiving prompt medical care will not only improve your chance of making a full recovery, it will help you support your claim by showing that your injury was severe enough to warrant timely medical care.
After you have received medical attention, contact an experienced product liability lawyer to determine which party’s negligence caused your injury to occur. Manufacturers are not the only parties who have product liability. Product distributors, retailers, and installers all have the responsibility to prevent injuries by taking the appropriate level of care when packaging, promoting, using, or installing a product.
If the faulty product was recalled by its manufacturer but remained on a store’s shelf where you purchased it, then suffered an injury by using it, the product’s retailer could be the negligent party in your claim. In another example, if you purchased an appliance and the installer failed to make sure your home’s electrical system was properly grounded before installing it, causing you to suffer a shock, the installer could be liable for your damages. In some cases, more than one party is found to be negligent. Your lawyer can examine your case and the evidence you present to determine the negligent party in your case.
If you or your child suffered an injury after using a product as it was intended to be used, you could be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your damages through a product liability claim. To learn more about filing and pursuing a product liability claim, contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Christensen Law Firm, PLLC today to set up your initial consultation with us. We can answer all of your questions and talk to you about your rights as a personal injury claimant.
The Christensen Law Firm represents the victims of personal injury in Austin and throughout other parts of Texas. We pride ourselves on providing excellent client service and exceptional representation. Founding partner, Dan Christensen, is a former military member and former prosecuting attorney who has devoted his career to helping others. He now focuses his practice on helping those harmed by the negligence of another. In addition to Austin, our personal injury lawyers also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.
Attorneys Dan Christensen and Daryl Hayes are both Board Certified. They are listed among the small percentage of licensed attorneys in the state of Texas (about 7%) who have earned the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. This distinct designation sets Christensen Law Firm apart as being a law firm with the highest public commitment to excellence in the field of personal injury law.
Dan is a SuperLawyer, a nomination only 5% of attorneys share. This award is based on various indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition and undergoes a rigorous peer review process. Dan is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the membership of which is reserved for attorneys who have tried at least 10 civil jury trials as lead counsel. Such distinctions put Christensen Law Firm head and shoulders above the competition.