Countless Americans are killed or injured every year by defective or
dangerous products. The victims directly involved in these cases and others who may be indirectly
involved will probably need financial assistance to compensate for their
losses, but they will also require proper legal representation to ensure
that they are treated fairly. Victims who are residents of Pasadena or
the general Houston area can find this type of assistance from The Soileau Law Firm.
Understanding Product Liability
The products we use on a daily basis can add to the comfort and convenience
of our lives. Products that do not function properly or completely fail
can cause us harm in the form of external or internal injuries. These
are but some of the products that can harm their users:
- Foods and beverages
- Drugs and medical devices
In Texas, the three principal types of product liability claims involve
product design, manufacture, and marketing. Some products may have been
designed so poorly that they should never have reached the market. Alternatively,
products that are of sound design may not have been assembled properly,
leading to hazardous situations when used. In some cases, those who package
or market products may not have provided adequate instructions on their
use or failed to warn of potential hazards if not used properly. Responsibility
for the harm of a user may fall on one or more of these parties.
Taking Legal Action
Financial compensation may be sought through the civil court system to
cover medical expenses or lost wages. They can also be sought by the families
of those killed. However, the awarding of damages should not be taken
for granted. Product liability cases have to be filed within the statute
of limitations to guarantee that they will be heard. In cases of strict
liability, where obvious negligence was not a factor, the suing party
will have to prove that the product was indeed hazardous and that the
hazard directly caused his or her injury.
In the system of comparative fault found in the laws of Texas, the actions
of the injured party could partially or completely absolve the party being
sued, reducing the damages awarded to little or nothing. A
Pasadena personal injury attorney can serve as an advocate for the victims and seek the most favorable outcome
in cases of product liability.
Call The Soileau Law Firm today.