Dangerous products are constantly being released to consumers, which can result in manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and suppliers being held accountable when these defective products injure innocent people. If a defective product has recently injured you or a loved one in Dallas, you may be entitled to file a product liability claim.
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, a Dallas defective product lawyer can potentially lead you through the entire legal process of filing a claim after your initial case review. During your case review, our law firm can further understand the type of product liability case you are faced with, as there is a wide variety of products that can result in a liability claim.
For instance, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has listed categories concerning both products and hazards that can result in harm and injuries to individuals. The following are product categories the agency has studied and released data on:
- Fuel, lighters, and fireworks
- Furniture and decor
- Home maintenance and construction
- Kitchen and dining
- Consumer products for older adults
- Public facilities and products
- Sports and recreation
- Toys and children’s products
These are just a handful of the types of product categories your defective product case may involve. To learn more about beginning a free case review with Loncar Lyon Jenkins and potentially starting to build your defective product claim, call us today at (800) 777-7777. In addition, our attorneys provide complimentary consultations for individuals and families considering taking legal action because of a dangerous or defective product.
Building a Products Liability Case and Texas’ Statute of Limitations
When pursuing a product liability claim in Texas, you must consider the state’s statute of limitations law. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, the statute of limitations to file a product liability claim is two years. This deadline applies to most personal injury cases in Dallas and Texas.
Thus, you will have up to two years to gather evidence against the product manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or supplier. You also must consider critical details of a product liability case, such as if there were any warnings listed on the product or if a specific risk was not mentioned. In some cases, the danger or risk from a product may never be anticipated, which could also lead to a potential product liability case.
A dangerous product can cause harm in various ways, such as from a poor design. While the product may be used correctly, its design could cause harm to you while it is still functional. There may also be manufacturing defects, which are common among motor vehicles. In some cases, vehicles can have widespread recalls in which all cars of an entire make and model must be taken to the manufacturer for repairs due to a manufacturing defect that puts users at risk of injury. There may only be a select few products that have defects in other cases.
The way products are marketed can also lead to injuries. For instance, if a commercial on TV does not warn the audience about potential dangers linked to a product or how to use the product correctly, the manufacturer could be possibly held liable for injuries you sustained while using the product.
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Understanding Product Liability Insurance
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), product liability insurance “protects the manufacturer, distributor or seller of a product from legal liability resulting from a defective condition that caused personal injury or damage associated with the use of the product.”
In 2019, the III found that net premiums written for products liability insurance totaled over $3 million. Furthermore, the III states that the average personal injury jury award for product liability claims was over $5 million in 2017.
For plaintiffs looking to pursue a defective product claim against a manufacturer or designer, you may have to consider whether the defendant has product liability insurance when looking to either settle out of court or in court. The III found that the average defense costs and cost containment expenses for product liability cases were $861,155 in 2018.
If you or a loved one in Dallas has been injured from a product and suspect that it was defective, you may be entitled to file a product liability claim. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we can potentially help you pursue compensation. The sooner you act, the sooner a Dallas defective product attorney can begin to work with you and your family to seek justice against the product manufacturer that caused your injuries.
To begin your free case review, call our law firm today at (800) 777-7777.
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Damages You May Be Entitled to for Defective Products
Following your accident, you may face serious injuries due to a defective product. If your defective product case deals with your motor vehicle, you may experience injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), whiplash, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, and more. Other dangerous products can also cause serious injuries.
A part of the damages you present to the defendant in your settlement package may include your current and future medical costs. Additional damages you may have suffered from a faulty product could include lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, limited earning capacity, and more.
When one of our attorneys represents a client, we help them understand the value of their recoverable damages. While no amount of money can undo the pain and inconvenience they suffered, we want to ensure they have enough to cover their current bills, future-related losses, and the pain and suffering they endured.
Wrongful Death Damages Due to Defective Products
In some cases, defective product injuries are so severe that the victim passes away. Texas law allows surviving family members to hold the liable party or parties accountable for the damages suffered when this occurs. This could include:
- Loss of income
- Loss of services
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Intangible losses
Our lawyers could help your family if you lost a loved one because of an irresponsible company that designed, manufactured, or marketed a defective product. We are here to discuss your legal options for seeking justice today.
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Dallas Defective Product News
Products are recalled every day. This is often how people become aware of defective items they own or use regularly. However, not all dangerous or defective products are recalled before people get hurt.
Below are some examples of recent recalls you may have heard about in the news:
Ford Recalls 202,000 Vehicles
Ford is recalling 202,000 pickup trucks, SUVs, and cars in North America because the automatic transmissions can suddenly downshift to first gear. Depending on the vehicle’s speed at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of an accident.
The transmission recall covers the 2011 and 2012 F-150 and the 2012 Expedition, Mustang, and Lincoln Navigator. Ford states there is a software problem with a speed sensor that forces the vehicles into a downshift. The issue has caused three crashes but no injuries. Dealers will inspect the sensors, and if they find no error codes, they will update the software. If error codes are present, they will replace the part that houses the speed sensor.
NBC News Reports on IVC Filters
NBC News investigates the safety of a medical device designed to help save Dodi Froehlich’s life but instead almost killed her – a device implanted in thousands of people. Read more: Medical Device to Stop Blood Clots Associated With 27 Fatalities and Did Forged Signature Clear Way for Dangerous Blood-Clot Filter?
FDA Warns of Contaminated Tattoo Inks
The FDA has issued a warning regarding bacterial contamination in grey bottles of ink manufactured by A Thousand Virgins. Artists and consumers who purchase ink should check their bottles to see if they are included in the recall. The specific bottles are grey wash shades labeled G1, G2, and G3 (Lot #129 exp 1/16). It is important as an artist or consumer to be aware of where your ink comes from. If you think you may have been affected by the recalled tattoo inks, further information can be found on the FDA’s website.
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What Is the Relationship Between Recalled Products and Defective Product Claims?
While many recalled products support successful defective product cases, not all these claims are based on recalled items. In fact, many products cause significant injuries, and the manufacturers never accept responsibility for the injuries that occur or make changes to their products. Instead, their insurer pays a settlement, or they lose in court, but they refuse to acknowledge their negligence.
Many of the stories you hear on the news are about mass torts against defective product manufacturers. These may or may not involve recalls though. In general, defective products and dangerous drugs and medical devices often support either:
- Class action lawsuits
- Multidistrict litigation
If other people have suffered injuries because of the same product that hurt you or your loved one, there may be enough support for a mass tort. A class action is more likely if you suffered similar injuries and damages. Multidistrict litigation is more likely when each victim suffers various injuries and has a wide range of damages. However, either may offer an opportunity for victims to share expenses and evidence against the product manufacturer.
Get Help with Your Claim by Contacting a Defective Product Attorney in Dallas Today
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we may be able to fight on your behalf to help you earn fair compensation from the defendant following your defective product injury in Dallas. Our law firm represents over 7,000 clients across Texas each year, and we will travel to meet your legal needs following a free case review. Our Dallas/Fort Worth locations are among eight offices in Texas.
To get started working with a Dallas defective product lawyer, call us today at (800) 777-7777. We provide free case reviews for injured victims and their families.