The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C.
Dangerous or Defective Products
Every year thousands of injuries and deaths are caused by the use of defective products. Unsafe products can be toys, medical devices, household appliances and items, cars, trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, prescription drugs, roofing materials and just about anything else that comes into contact with people and that can cause injury.
Often, a product’s defective or dangerous condition is not discovered until after the product has come into the marketplace. Oftentimes after a product has been sold, consumers begin using it and only then do defects become known. It is then that manufacturers issue product recalls and try to keep the public from getting hurt. Manufacturers distribute press releases when they issue a product recall. Magazines, newspapers and consumer reports also publish product recall lists. Networks are in place to warn the public. Consumer protection advocates such as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission lists dangerous products on their websites. Notifications are sent out by sellers and manufacturers to consumers who registered their ownership of the product with them.
Unfortunately, by then, it is too late for those who have already been injured. Furthermore, press releases, product recalls and published listings of dangerous products are all too often simply insufficient to inform the public of now existing dangers. You can bet that most companies who face lawsuits for the design, manufacture and distribution of defective products wish they would have been more cautious before putting a dangerously defective product into the stream of commerce.
What Defines a Dangerous or Defective Product?
A product is defective, if it is unreasonably dangerous to a user who would use it in a normal or anticipated way.
There are three basic types of product defects: 1) design defects; 2) insufficient instructions and/or warnings regarding usage and 3) manufacturing defects.
Who Is Liable for Injuries?
While circumstances leading to injuries vary widely, generally speaking, designers, manufacturers and sellers of defective products may be held liable for damages caused by use of defective product. Lawsuits involving defective products are a variety of personal injury cases typically called “products liability”.
Do I Have a Product Liability Case?
You may be able to file a claim or lawsuit to recover damages caused by a hazardous product. Generally speaking, you have a basis for recovery for injuries in a product liability case if the product was defective or dangerous and that defect caused your injuries.
How to Preserve Evidence in A Dangerous or Defective Product or Products Liability Case
If you are seriously injured while using a product, the following is important to establish a products liability claim:
- Check for product recall information.
- Save and protect the product and any parts that belong to it.
- Take photos of the product.
- Do not tamper with or take the product apart.
- Preserve all product packaging, instructions and product warranty information.
- Record all serial and product numbers that are on the product.
- Locate and save all receipts or charge slips received when purchasing the product.
- Record all circumstances surrounding the use of the product including the names of any and all witnesses to the injury.
At the Texas law firm of The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, our personal injury attorneys have been helping clients injured in many ways including defective products since 1991. We have an outstanding record of positive results with many successful financial recoveries.
If you have been injured by an defective or dangerous product or would like experienced legal advice concerning injuries caused by a defective product call our law firm at 972-325-0044. We offer a free no-obligation consultation to help you determine whether you have grounds for a dangerous product or products liability claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered any kind of injury or death as a result of the use of a dangerous product, you owe it to yourself and your family to hire an attorney who specializes only in representing injured victims. Contact an attorney at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane by calling or contacting us through the case evaluation form located on this website.
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Attorneys associated with The Law Offices of Adrian Crane handle cases across the state of Texas. Our principal office in north Texas is in Dallas however we are happy to welcome cases from anywhere in Texas, regardless of where you live or where your accident took place.