South Texas Product Liability Lawyers
Experienced Defective Product Attorneys
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Companies have a responsibility to design, manufacture and market consumer products to be safe for public use. They are also responsible for providing consumers with adequate instructions and warnings labels about how to use their products safely. When a manufacturer fails to fulfill these responsibilities, the results can be catastrophic. Defective products and inadequate warning labels cause serious, life-changing injuries and even death to consumers. At the Snapka Law Firm, we handle product liability cases for two reasons: To compensate people who have sustained serious injuries as a result of dangerous or defective products and to compel manufacturers to make their products safer.
If you or someone you love has suffered because of a faulty device or dangerous product, it’s crucial that you enlist the help of specialist lawyers who are dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve. If you’ve been affected by a defective product, there’s a chance that you’re not the only one. Here at The Snapka Law Firm, we not only have the experience we need in solving product liability lawsuits, but also the resources and legal network we need to ensure you get the best results.
Types of Defective Product Cases
A few examples of the defective product cases we specialize in are:
- Automotive defects, such as unsound breaks, seatbelts, and tires
- Faulty safety equipment, like unsafe filtration systems that can lead to life-threatening health hazards
- Defective manufacturing equipment; ranging from conveyor belts and bulldozers, to saws and sanders
- Unsafe products for children; from swings, to playpens with dangerous parts
- Unsafe refinery equipment, for example when this kind of equipment is inadequate or flawed and causes injury
There are a variety of ways that a product can be defective or dangerous. Most faulty products will fall into one of these categories:
Unsafe Product Design
In general, if a product’s design isn’t as safe as it could be, it’s considered to have a design defect. If the original design has a serious flaw, it could lead to severe and unnecessary harm. A dangerous design defect can be extremely damaging, as each product could cause harm to a consumer. Power tools for example are some of the most common devices to have these issues. A piece of machinery, like a large saw, should have guards or similar to protect the user – and if there’s nothing of note, it is considered to be the fault of the manufacturer.
Defects in the Manufacturing Process
If something goes wrong during the manufacturing process, any products that are affected may have a manufacturing defect. These kinds of deformities occur when the end result of the product isn’t how it was intended to be. In most cases, these kinds of defects can affect any number of products. Unfortunately, with the mass production we see in the world today, most manufacturing deformities ruin a large number of items. An example of this is when a medical device or drug is meant to be sterile. However, at some point during the manufacturing process, something contaminates the product. When this drug or machine is then used on a patient who could develop an infection from unsterile products, this causes a severe risk.
Unclear Warnings and Instructions
Some items aren’t entirely safe, even when designed and manufactured properly. In fact, many of the products and devices we use in our everyday lives can come with risks when not used responsibly. A lawn mower for example could cause lacerations (or even amputations) with its powerful rotating blades. Both flat irons and curling irons are more than capable of causing burns.
Even without defects, these products can cause damages – however, this doesn’t mean that extra safety measures cannot be taken. This is why most of these types of products come with safety warnings and instructions.
If there are inadequate warnings and instructions in place, there is considered to be a failure to warn (also commonly known as a marketing or warning defect).
The Laws of Product Liability
The Texas Product Liability Act is there to help anyone who has suffered from a defective product. If a party is responsible for the product, they are legally culpable for any issues caused. Because of this, the manufacturers are always liable for any injuries that are caused by their faulty products. When it comes to strict legal obligations, the company will be held responsible, regardless of whether or it was an accident or due to recklessness. If a faulty product has had a negative impact on your life and you feel that you need justice, our team is here to help you. It’s well within your rights to file a product liability lawsuit against the party you feel is responsible, and you could receive compensation for your troubles.
In Texas, the manufacturer is held liable – but you could file a claim on another legal basis, too. In most cases, this is ideal if you have evidence that another party is responsible for the product’s defect. Another party may have committed fraud or breached a product’s warranty. If you feel that this is the case, you’ll need to have evidence to prove that it’s connected to the injuries you’ve suffered. You could find out more about your options by getting in touch with our specialists here at The Snapka Law Firm today.
What Evidence is Needed in a Product Liability Case?
If a deficient product has caused harm and you want justice, be sure to contact our liability lawyers immediately to ensure that you don’t waste any valuable time. In most cases, you’ll need more than just your own word that the injury was caused by the product in order to get compensation. This is why getting an expert on your team to help fight your corner and prove your innocence can be so important.
There are several things that you’ll need to prove in order to get product liability compensation in Texas, including:
- Proof that the product is defective
- Proof that it was unreasonably dangerous
- Proof that the injuries were caused by the product
In order to do this, you’ll often need evidence that shows that the product is deficient. For a design defect claim, you’ll also need to prove that there is a safer design alternative (which is both technologically and economically feasible at the time of production). Since this can often be quite a difficult process, it’s often recommended that you employ a specialist’s expertise.
What can Product Liability Compensation Cover?
You could get the compensation you deserve if you and your lawyer can prove that a manufacturer is responsible for a defective product. Often, this can cover:
- Loss of Wages and the ability to earn money
- Medical Expenses
- Mental Anguish
- Physical Limitations and Pain
- Property Damage
If a faulty product has caused you any trouble, be sure to get the help of professional attorneys. With decades of experience, you can count on us to fight for you and help you to get the compensation you deserve. We’re here for you. If you need our help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.
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What Makes the Snapka Law Firm, Injury Lawyers Different?
At the Snapka Law Firm, we understand the devastating consequences of a serious injury resulting from another's negligent actions. Not only do we provide tenacious legal representation, we help you get through this trying time by dealing with the burdens of your personal injury case on your behalf. Every case we accept is handled personally by one of our attorneys who will be committed to helping you understand the process while preparing your case for resolution. As a small but highly focused firm, we provide a more personalized attention to detail that you won't often find with larger law firms. With decades of courtroom experience, the Snapka Law Firm has delivered our clients millions of dollars in compensation as a result of successful verdicts and settlements. With our personalized touch, extensive experience, and strong relationships with investigation specialists and industry experts, you'll be represented by one of the best personal injury law firms in South Texas.
Kathryn Snapka is one of the few attorneys in Texas that is board certified in personal injury trial law and her firm has been recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Super Lawyers, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, and American Board of Trial Advocates. Our firm has won hundreds of cases for injury clients resulting in a reputation amongst defense attorneys that deters them from taking their case to trial against us. When working with the Snapka Law Firm we fight for the highest compensation for your losses and damages with the least amount of inconvenience to you. If you have been a victim of a serious injury, contact us for your free personalized consultation today.