Companies design and manufacture consumer goods have an obligation to prevent defective, unsafe products from harming the public. When companies put profits ahead of safety and people become injured or die as a result of using one of their products, that company should be held accountable for the damages caused. The Houston law firm of Ricardo N. Gonzalez and Associates is dedicated to protecting the rights of persons who have been injured as a result of a dangerous, defective products or devices.
Our personal injury law firm has helped many clients throughout Texas who have been injured by defective products. Our outstanding Houston defective product attorneys are passionate about holding these companies accountable and ensuring our clients are properly compensated for their damages.
If you have been injured as a result of a defective product or device in Houston or elsewhere in Texas, please reach out to Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates. Your first initial meeting with our attorneys is free and we handle most defective product cases on a contingency basis.
Design, Manufacturing and Marketing Defects
In their quest to turn a profit, companies sometimes cut corners when it comes to designing or manufacturing a product. These shortcuts can lead to flaws and defects in the product that can harm the consumer.
Most product liability claims arise from three types of defects.
- There are design defects, caused by an inherent flaw in the product’s design.
- Manufacturing defects are damages caused during the product’s manufacturing process.
- Marketing defects happen when products do not have proper warning labels or contain instructions for safe use.
Just about any product can have defects that may harm the user. However, there are several categories of products that are frequently the cause of a product liability lawsuit. These products include:
- Food products
- Medical devices, including hip and breast implants
- Motor vehicles and motor vehicle components – defective tires, brakes, airbags, seat belts, etc.
- Recreational vehicles: bicycles, ATVs, boats, jet skis
- Children’s products — dangerous toys, strollers, car seats, cribs, etc.
- Household products — kitchen appliances, lighting, power tools, lawn mowers, ladders, etc.
- Construction equipment
You Don’t Have to Prove Negligence in a Houston Product Liability Case
Unlike other types of personal injury litigation, it is not necessary to establish that your defective product injuries were caused by the negligence of a manufacturer or retailer. This is because the laws pertaining to defective and dangerous products follow a doctrine of “strict” liability.
Under strict, or “absolute,” liability laws, a person or company can be held accountable for the damages their action or products cause regardless of any negligence or fault on their part. Why or how the product became defective isn’t important; you must only be able to prove that its defects were responsible for your injuries.
Speak with an Experienced Houston Product Liability Attorney
A product or device can be defective due to many reasons. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may have grounds to file a defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of the defective product. There are no federal product liability laws, so each state, including Texas, has its own set of rules concerning defective products. For this reason, it’s important to find a Texas-based personal injury attorney for your claim, one who is familiar with our state’s consumer protection and product liability laws.
If you believe a defective product or device caused harm to you or a loved one, the Houston product liability lawyers at Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates would like to help. We have the expertise and resources to investigate your claim, accurately identify the type of defect that caused your injuries, and prove your case in course.
Call Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates at (713) 429-1971 to schedule a free initial consultation and tell us about your situation. We will evaluate your claim and provide you with sound legal advice on the best way to proceed with your case.