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Product Liability FAQs

Defective products can put people in harm’s way. Whether it is an exploding glass baking dish or a tire that comes apart at high speeds, dangerously defective products can cause multiple different types of injuries. Manufacturers or sellers who introduce a dangerously defective product to the market can be held liable for the injuries their products cause. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to recover compensation.

Q: Why Is My Car Accident Case Based on Products Liability?
A: Defective car parts are often responsible for motor vehicle crashes. If your car accident case involves products liability law, it is probably because your crash was caused by a mechanical failure due to a malfunctioning component. Tires that come apart at the seams, brakes that were installed incorrectly, or airbags that deploy at the wrong time could all lead to accidents or injuries. In these cases, the party responsible for the detective car part may be liable.

Q: What Defective Car Parts Commonly Cause Accidents?
A: The vehicle components most commonly responsible for crashes include brakes that fail, tires that blow out, steering systems that lock up, accelerators that will not deactivate, and ignition systems that turn the car off unpredictably. Defective airbags that explode or fail to deploy are also responsible for a large number of injuries.

Q: What Are the Different Types of Product Defects?
A: There are three categories of product defects: design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to provide adequate warnings. A design defect means that the design of the product was flawed, and that flaw caused a person’s injuries. A manufacturing defects means that the product’s design was safe, but the party who built the product made a dangerous mistake that caused the product to fail when it was used correctly. Failure to warn means that the product was missing a warning label or other instructions that would have enabled consumers to use the product safely.

Q: What if I Am Injured by Defective Equipment at Work?
A: If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, then you may be able to recover compensation for any injuries that occurred while you were working. However, if your employer is a non-subscriber, then you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer or against the party responsible for the defect that led to your injury.

Q: What Do I Need to Prove in a Products Liability Case?
A: The main thing you will need to prove is that the product that injured you was unreasonably unsafe for consumers. You will also need to show that the defect that made the product dangerous was the cause of your injuries.

Q: What Damages Can I Recover in a Products Liability Case?
A: You can recover a wide variety of compensable costs after being injured by a defective product. These include any medical expenses, including your initial ER or urgent care visit, physical therapy and follow-up appointments, and the cost of home health services. If you work, you can recover lost wages, including any lost future wages if your injuries are so severe that they have affected your ability to return to your job. You may also be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering.

Q: If My Child Was Injured by a Toy or Other Product Meant for Kids, Can I Recover Compensation for Them?
A: Dangerous defects in children’s toys are all too common. Sellers are held to a higher standard when they are making a product for children. Children’s products must be designed with extra safety concerns in mind. Defects like small pieces that a child can choke on, sharp edges, flammable materials, and electric shock hazards can easily injure a young child. As a parent, you can initiate a products liability lawsuit on your child’s behalf.

Q: What Is a Class Action Lawsuit, and Why Are They Common in Products Liability Cases?
A: When a dangerous product is released into the marketplace, odds are, more than one person is going to be harmed by it before a recall is initiated. If multiple people are injured in the same way by the same product, it may make more sense for the victims to sue the company together as opposed to each filing their own individual lawsuit. These joint lawsuits are called class action lawsuits. Ask a Nueces County Products Liability Attorney If you did not see your products liability question answered here, The Edwards Law Firm can help you find the information you need. Our skilled Corpus Christi products liability lawyers will fight for you to recover the compensation you need after being harmed by a defective product. Call us at 361-698-7600 for a free consultation.
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