Dallas Product Liability Lawyers

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Dallas Product Liability Lawyers

Manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are safe, as well as provide warnings when a product poses a danger to consumers. When a defective product results in injury, the victim can demand financial compensation for their losses. If you have been seriously injured by a defective product in Texas, the dedicated product liability attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., can help. Our respected legal team has the skills and the resources to take on deep-pocketed manufacturers.

Contact us now for a free consultation with our Texas product liability attorneys. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means we charge no legal fees unless we obtain a financial award for you.

 

What Are the Grounds for a Product Liability Case in Texas?

Many product liability cases are tried under strict liability. Under strict liability, you can argue that the company should be held liable for your injuries by virtue of manufacturing a defective product, instead of citing specific negligence on their part. In fact, you don’t have to prove negligence with a strict liability claim. However, particular criteria must be met in your use and ownership of the product for the claim to be viable.

Product liability suits can also be tried on the grounds of negligence, breach of warranty, or misrepresentation of the product’s performance or safety.

 

Who Are the Responsible Parties in a Product Liability Lawsuit?

If a defective product results in injuries, responsibility could lie with several different parties within the manufacturing and distribution chain. These parties may include:

  • The manufacturer of the product
  • The manufacturer of component parts
  • The product’s assembler 
  • The product’s installer
  • The wholesaler
  • The retail store that sold the product

 

What Are the Different Types of Product Liability?

To have a viable strict liability claim, you must prove that there was a defect in the product and that it caused or contributed to your injury. The three common types of product defects are:

 

  • Design defects – When the design of the product is unsafe, the entire product line can be unreasonably dangerous. Design defects may also apply to the manner in which a product is packaged, such as failing to make a pill bottle childproof.
  • Failure to warn – A warnings defect usually refers to a failure to give adequate warnings of the product’s dangers. This means dangers that were either known or reasonably should have been known to the manufacturer. 
  • Manufacturing defectsA manufacturing defect refers to a product that diverges from its specifications in a way that makes it unreasonably dangerous.

 

Is It Worth Filing a Lawsuit for a Defective Product? 

This depends on your situation. Were you injured by the product? Did you require medical treatment? Has your quality of life suffered due to your injury? Do you have other losses related to your injury, such as lost wages? If so, you should speak with a product liability lawyer about your rights.

A defective product lawsuit can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have endured. However, these cases are difficult to prove. You need an experienced Texas product liability attorney on your side. If you are ready to speak with an attorney about your case, it is very important, if possible, to keep the defective product and packaging it came in so we can examine it. Contact us now to get started with a free consultation.

 

Compensation in a Product Liability Claim

Types of compensation you could pursue in a personal injury claim include:

  • Medical bills (past, present, and future)
  • Lost wages 
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent or temporary disability
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium

In rare cases, punitive damages may also be awarded. These damages are meant to punish the defendant for especially egregious behavior. 

 

Types of Product Liability Cases We Handle 

At Tate Law Offices, P.C., we handle a variety of product liability cases, including:

  • Auto defects
  • Dangerous children’s products and toys
  • Dangerous medications
  • Defective medical devices
  • Defective tools and equipment
  • Defective buildings and building components
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Other defective products

 

Talk to a Product Liability Lawyer Now 

When filing a product liability lawsuit, you will likely be taking on a company that possesses many more resources than you do. Large companies often have teams of high-powered lawyers. They will do everything they can to deny or minimize claims. To fight back, it is critical that you work with an experienced defective product lawyer who has a track record of success. Talk to the proven litigators at Tate Law Offices, P.C., now for a free case review. 

 

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.

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