Houston Defective Product Lawyer
Defective & Dangerous Products in Texas
We rely on countless products every day, from our cell phones to our cars to the medications we take to stay healthy. We expect these products to work as they should and to make our lives easier, safer, and better. Unfortunately, when products are unreasonably dangerous or defective, they can have the opposite effect.
If you were injured or if someone you love died due to a defective or dangerous product, you could be entitled to financial compensation. At Vaughan Legal Trial Team, our Houston defective product lawyer has spent more than 20 years fighting to hold negligent manufacturers, corporations, and other entities accountable. Attorney Jeffery Vaughan brings extensive trial experience to his practice and is not afraid to represent you in court if necessary.
When Is a Product Considered “Defective?”
A product is typically considered “defective” if it contains some deficiency or flaw that renders it unreasonably unsafe for the consumer. People who are injured by defective products can file what are known as product liability claims against the responsible manufacturers or other parties.
In most cases, to prove your product liability claim, you will need to establish the following:
- You were using the product as intended or instructed
- The product did not contain any modifications or alterations
- The product was defective or faulty in some way
- You were injured
- Your injuries led to measurable damages
Many product liability cases fall under the legal theory of strict liability, which holds manufacturers and other parties liable regardless of negligence. In other words, you may not need to prove that the liable party’s negligence was a key factor (or a factor at all) in your injuries and damages.
Types of Product Defects
There are three main types of product defects:
- Design Defects: Design defects are flaws affecting a product’s actual design. In other words, a product that has an improper or unreasonably dangerous design would likely be considered to contain a design defect. Examples include SUVs that easily roll over or power tools that are missing safety guards.
- Manufacturing Defects: Manufacturing defects refer to flaws that are introduced when a product is actually created. Typically, these products have a proper design, but defective manufacturing makes them unreasonably unsafe for consumers. Examples include contaminated food products or medications and improperly installed airbags or seatbelts.
- Labeling Defects: Sometimes known as “marketing defects,” labeling defects occur when products are missing proper or adequate instructions, warnings, and other labels. This type of defect could also refer to a product that is improperly marketed for off-label use, such as an anti-nausea pill prescribed to pregnant mothers despite having never been tested for this use.
Any type of product may be defective, from car tires to children’s toys to industrial tools, household cleaners, gas-powered appliances, personal electronics, and more.
Why Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?
Personal injury and wrongful death claims involving defective products are extremely complex. Depending on the specifics of your situation, it may make sense for you to file an individual lawsuit, or it may be more advantageous for you to take part in an ongoing class action or mass tort. In any case, going up against a major product manufacturer or corporation is incredibly difficult without the help of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
When you trust your defective product case to our Houston product liability lawyer, you benefit from more than two decades of experience, including real litigation and trial experience. Our team has the resources and skills to protect you throughout the legal process. We understand what it takes to recover maximum compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to aggressively advocate for you.
Our team handles a range of complex product liability cases, including those involving:
- Allergan breast implant recalls
- Defective medical devices
- Drug company lawsuits
- Paraquat lawsuits
- Pressure cooker injury lawsuits
- Roundup/child roundup cancer lawsuits
- Toxic chemical injury lawsuits
While we handle the legal details—from gathering applicable evidence to communicating the liable party’s insurance provider—you can focus on your physical recovery. We strive to eliminate your stress so that you can spend your time resting and getting back on your feet. Because we offer our services on a contingency fee basis, you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses. Instead, we only collect legal fees if/when we win your case.