Consumer Product Injury Lawyer in Austin, TX
When you buy a car, appliance, tool or toy, you expect that it will be safe if properly used by you and your loved ones, and that you will have sufficient warning of any risks. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. Thousands of Texans suffer consumer product injuries each year that cause tremendous physical pain, emotional suffering and financial loss.
At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, we stand up for the rights of injured Texas consumers. If you have suffered an injury or illness as the result of a dangerous or defective product, we will work tirelessly to seek compensation for the harm you have suffered. We also believe that our work will protect other consumers from being hurt by the same product or defect.
For more than 30 years, the consumer product injury attorneys of The Bob Richardson Law Firm have used their skill, experience and resources to help clients throughout Austin, Waco and the communities of Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor and Belton. We also hope we have made Texas a safer place.
To learn how we can help you and to receive a free case evaluation, call us today toll-free at 800-880-5100 or use our online form. We won’t charge for our legal services unless we recover for you.
Dangerous and Defective Products Harm Consumers
The goal of a consumer product injury lawsuit, or a product liability claim, is to hold those who have put the defective product into your hands accountable for the harm they’ve caused. That includes the manufacturer, the wholesaler and the retailer. Defects that trigger liability include:
- Design defect: This defect arises when a product is inherently dangerous.
- Manufacturing defect: This defect arises in the actual making of the product.
- Marketing defect: This defect arises from flawed instructions or inadequate warnings about the dangers the product poses.
At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, we have seen Texas product liability lawsuits arise in a variety of contexts, such as those involving:
- Appliance defects: Toasters, refrigerators, ovens, vacuums, fans, space heaters, lamps and other items often have faulty wiring that can cause fires, burns and electrocutions.
- Automotive defects: Defective tires, soft brakes, faulty wiring, exploding gas tanks, vehicle rollovers and airbags, seat belts and child restraints that fail to properly function are all examples of these defects. Automotive defects that have garnered national attention recently are Ford Explorer rollovers and Toyota sudden acceleration claims. Additionally, ATVs and four-wheel recreation vehicles have become the subject of major litigation because they are prone to rollovers.
- Aviation defects: Planes don’t fall out of the sky without a reason. If an aviation accident is not the result of human error, it is likely the result of mechanical defects, including faulty gears, controls, instruments or landing gear.
- Equipment defects: Whether you are at work or at home, you may be exposed to a defectively designed or manufactured machine or piece of equipment, or a piece of equipment that does not contain proper safeguards or warnings, such as a lawnmower.
- Food defects: Thousands of Texans suffer food poisoning each year after eating contaminated food from a supermarket or restaurant. Common food-borne illnesses are botulism, hepatitis A, campylobacteriosis, shigellosis, salmonelllosis and diarrhea caused by exposure to bacteria such as C. difficile and E. coli.
- Toy defects: Dangerous toys are subject to recalls on a regular basis. Some of the most common hazards are parts that break off and can be swallowed or lead paint that can be inhaled or consumed, leading to serious illness.
- Tool defects: Drills, welders, power saws, sanders and other hand-held tools may be sold to you with defects, flawed instructions or faulty safeguards.
Compensation for Defective Product Victims
Under Texas law, there are several theories that can be asserted to hold the manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer of a dangerous or defective product liable, including:
- Strict liability: This action lies where the product contains a defect that caused the harm you suffered. No showing of fault is required.
- Negligence: This action can be brought if a party’s careless actions caused your injury. Unlike a strict liability action, this does require a showing of fault.
- Breach of warranty: These actions can be based on the at-fault party’s failure to live up to a promise that was either expressly made to the consumer or which exists as a matter of law.
- Unfair and deceptive trade practice: This is a statute-based cause of action that is intended to protect consumers against false, misleading, and deceptive business practices, unconscionable actions and breaches of warranty.
A consumer product injury lawsuit is often hotly contested by the at-fault party. It requires extensive investigation, consultation with an array of experts and sharp litigation skills. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced Texas product liability attorney.
Additionally, Texas law has a two-year statute of limitations and a 10-year statute of repose. This means that you must bring a product liability action within two years after the injury occurred or was discovered and within 10 years after the product was manufactured.
Contact our Texas Consumer Product Injury Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a consumer product injury, it’s important to contact the product liability injury attorneys of The Bob Richardson Law Firm immediately to protect your rights. We represent dangerous and defective product victims in Austin, Waco, Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor, Belton and surrounding Texas communities. Call us today toll-free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form. We can provide you with a free case evaluation.