What Is Products Liability?

Products liability is a cause of action or lawsuit that claims a defective product caused injury to a consumer. Many manufacturers claim that such lawsuits only make lawyers rich, and the large settlements plaintiffs win increases the price of goods. However, New Braunfels product liability lawyers at The Kyle Law Firm know this is just a smokescreen to take attention away from the person injured while using their products. Victims of defective product malfunctions need to hire personal injury lawyers to help them hold the manufacturers accountable for their accident.

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What Is Product Liability?

Designers and manufacturers produce a seemingly unlimited supply of consumer and industrial goods. In some cases, product defects are discovered, and the product is recalled or taken off the market.

In other situations, a manufacturer only learns about a product's flaws when people, using the product as directed, suffer injuries when the product malfunctions, catches on fire or explodes. Consumer protection agencies strive to have manufacturers ensure all products are safe and provide clear instructions and warnings about how to use a product.

Unfortunately, sometimes these precautions aren't enough.

When a person is seriously harmed using a product, he may seek compensation for medical bills and mental anguish with a lawsuit against the designer, the manufacturer and/or the seller of the product.

Types of Liability

In most cases, there are four theories about the liability:

  • Negligence: The manufacturer failed to take proper precautions in the design or production of the product.
  • Breach of warranty: The seller did not stand by the terms of the warranty offered to the consumer.
  • Misrepresentation: The seller relied on false advertising to get the consumer to buy or did not reveal any possible safety hazards.
  • Strict tort liability: Allows other people also injured by a defective product to sue even though they did not purchase the product. These people include any bystanders who are injured when the product malfunctioned.

Dedicated Counsel for Injured Victims

If you or a family member has been hurt by a defective consumer good, hire an attorney from The Kyle Law Firm. We are skilled in handling these types of civil lawsuits. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case. Because there is a statute of limitation for lawsuits, consult The Kyle Law Firm as soon as possible to make certain the legal papers are filed in time should you decide to go through with the lawsuit.

Reach our office by calling (830) 476-7780.