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Product Liability Attorney

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Each year, numerous Texans are injured or tragically killed due to defective products, spanning from vehicles to everyday household items. Has a loved one in your family been harmed or fatally wounded due to a faulty item? This could be anything from automotive parts like tires, airbags, and car seats, to home appliances, toys, or even electronic devices. Regardless of the item in question, the common thread that ties these incidents together is the manufacturer’s negligence, which has resulted in grave injuries or fatalities.

When these faulty products cause harm to innocent Texans, the dedicated lawyers at Jim Adler & Associates are prepared to ardently fight for their rightful claim to substantial financial restitution.

If you or someone close to you has suffered due to an accident provoked by manufacturer negligence, reach out to our firm for a free consultation at 1-800-505-1414, or fill out our case evaluation form below.

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Defective Car Parts

Various car parts can potentially malfunction or be defective, leading to accidents. Here are some examples:

Airbags are designed to protect passengers during collisions, cushioning them from violent impacts. However, if these airbags fail to deploy during a crash, the passengers face a significantly increased risk of injury. Conversely, if airbags deploy without a crash, they can cause serious, unexpected injuries, entirely defeating their purpose of protection.

Seat belts serve as the first line of defense during a collision, designed to keep passengers secure within the vehicle. A faulty seat belt that fails to lock during a collision can lead to serious injuries or even ejection from the vehicle, which can be fatal.

Tires are often overlooked but crucial elements of vehicle safety. They form the sole point of contact between the vehicle and the road. Defective tires can cause blowouts or a loss of traction, leading to dangerous loss of control. Additionally, improperly installed tires can detach from the vehicle while driving, causing severe accidents.

Issues with the fuel system, such as leaks or a faulty fuel pump, pose multiple risks. Fuel leaks can lead to vehicle fires, especially in the event of a crash. A faulty fuel pump, on the other hand, can cause the vehicle to stall unexpectedly, posing a serious risk, particularly on high-speed roads or in heavy traffic.

An efficient, fully functional brake system is indispensable to any vehicle. The brake system allows a driver to stop the vehicle in a controlled manner, thereby avoiding potential collisions. Defects in the brake system, such as deteriorated brake pads, faulty brake lines, or a malfunctioning anti-lock brake system (ABS), can severely compromise the vehicle’s ability to stop. This can lead to catastrophic accidents, especially at high speeds or in emergency stop situations.

The steering system provides the driver with the ability to maneuver the vehicle. Defects or failures in this system can lead to a sudden and total loss of control, making accidents nearly inevitable. Such malfunctions can turn a regular drive into a dangerous situation in a matter of seconds.

Modern vehicles depend heavily on their electrical systems, which control everything from lighting to engine management. Electrical issues can lead to fires, loss of headlight or brake light function, or even unexpected engine shutdowns. Each of these can significantly increase the risk of collisions.

The transmission forms an integral part of a vehicle’s driving system, controlling power delivery to the wheels. A malfunctioning transmission can result in loss of vehicle control or an inability to move the vehicle, both of which can cause serious accidents.

As modern vehicles incorporate advanced software to control various functions, software glitches, bugs, or malfunctions can cause unexpected behaviors, such as sudden acceleration or loss of power, leading to loss of control and potential accidents.

Consumer Products

Consumer products are an essential part of everyday life, but when these items are defective, they can lead to unexpected harm or injuries. Understanding the potential dangers can help consumers remain vigilant about product safety. Below, we highlight various types of faulty products (not related to vehicles) that could lead to serious accidents or injuries.

Home Appliances: Kitchen appliances like stoves, microwaves, toasters, and washing machines can pose risks when they malfunction due to defects. For instance, a faulty stove might leak gas, leading to potential fires or explosions, while a defective washing machine could cause water damage or electrical fires.

Children’s Toys: Children’s toys, particularly those with small parts, sharp edges, or toxic materials, can present significant hazards if they are defective. A common risk includes choking hazards from small parts detaching from the toy. Similarly, defective battery compartments can lead to battery acid leaks, causing chemical burns or poisoning risks.

Electronics: Consumer electronics like smartphones, laptops, and televisions can overheat or short-circuit if defective, potentially causing fires or electrical shocks. In some cases, defective lithium-ion batteries have been known to explode, causing injuries.

Medical Devices: Defective medical devices can lead to severe health complications. For instance, a faulty pacemaker can fail to regulate a person’s heartbeat, leading to serious health risks, while a defective prosthetic can cause pain, immobility, and potential injury.

Furniture: Faulty furniture can cause accidents at home or in the office. For instance, a chair that collapses under weight due to poor design or manufacturing defects can lead to falls and subsequent injuries. Similarly, unstable or poorly designed shelving units or dressers can tip over, posing a risk of injury, especially to children.

Food and Beverages: Food and drink products can also be defective, often in the form of contamination. This can include bacterial contamination like E.coli or salmonella, or foreign objects in the product. Consuming such products can lead to serious illnesses or injury.

Pharmaceutical Drugs: Defective or improperly labeled pharmaceutical drugs can lead to serious side effects, complications, or even death. These defects can range from incorrect dosages to contamination during manufacturing, or failure to provide adequate warnings about potential side effects.

When individuals are injured by these or other defective products, it can lead to physical, emotional, and financial hardship. At our law firm, we are dedicated to representing such victims and advocating for their rights, helping them seek the compensation they deserve for their suffering and losses.

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Product Liability Claims

Product liability is a complex area of law that encompasses various types of claims. These claims typically fall into four main categories: manufacturing defects, design defects, marketing defects, and breach of warranty. Understanding the differences between these categories can be crucial in pursuing a successful product liability lawsuit.

Manufacturing Defects: These defects occur during the actual production or assembly of the product. This means that while the product’s design may be safe and effective, some error or mishap in the manufacturing process led to the creation of a flawed product that is not representative of the intended design. Manufacturing defects can range from the use of substandard materials to errors in the assembly process. If these defects cause injury to the user, the manufacturer can be held liable.

Design Defects: Unlike manufacturing defects, design defects relate to the inherent design of the product itself, meaning every product produced according to the design is potentially dangerous. If the design of a product makes it unsafe for use, even when used as intended or in a reasonably foreseeable manner, then it can be considered to have a design defect. These cases often require expert testimony to establish that the risk of harm could have been reduced or avoided by the adoption of a reasonable alternative design.

Marketing Defects: Also known as “failure to warn” claims, marketing defects involve injuries that occur due to insufficient or incorrect instructions or warnings regarding the product’s use. If a product does not come with adequate safety warnings, instructions, or recommendations, and a consumer is injured as a result, a marketing defect claim may be valid. This can apply to any type of product, from medicines with side effects not clearly listed on the packaging, to power tools without adequate safety warnings.

Breach of Warranty: Warranties are guarantees made by the manufacturer or seller about a product’s condition or effectiveness. There are two main types of warranties: express warranties, which are explicitly stated (either in writing or verbally), and implied warranties, which are unwritten and unspoken promises that a product will perform in a certain way or for a certain period of time. If a product fails to live up to these promises, and a user is injured as a result, they may be able to bring a claim for breach of warranty.

Understanding which type of product liability claim applies to your case can be challenging. Our experienced product liability attorneys are well-versed in product liability law and can guide you through the process, fighting for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

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