We Hold Manufacturers Accountable for Safe Products
Manufacturing safety regulations in the United States are intended to assure the public that products that enter our marketplace are safe from dangerous defects. Unfortunately, the past several years has seen an erosion of product safety laws, as state legislatures and the U.S. Congress have given in to demands to relax safety standards. The result has been a dramatic increase in serious injuries and deaths resulting from defects and dangerous designs.
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At Laminack, Pirtle & Martines, we have built our reputation on helping people fight back to protect their rights when they suffer an injury caused by defective products. Our senior trial attorneys were responsible for handling the case that resulted in the single largest product liability jury award in U.S. history at the time of the award.
We know how large insurance companies and manufacturers fight to protect their interests and we have a successful record of winning full and fair settlements and jury verdicts for victims of their negligence.
"Product liability cases are the toughest to win. Courts have wrongly decided that a product that has passed government approval, such as the FDA, is safe for the consumer. We go to every length to prove that this isn't often the case. Products that test safely in the lab aren't necessarily safe for people." — Rick Laminack
We are Proud of Our Success in Serious Product Liability Injury and Wrongful Death Claims involving Dangerous and Defective Products
U.S. product manufacturers and distributors are held to the highest safety standards in the world. If you have been injured while using a defective product, you are entitled to fight for just and fair compensation for your injuries and financial losses. Defective and unreasonably dangerous products can cause serious injuries to adults and children alike. No one uses a product expecting it to break or fail; when a product's defect becomes apparent, it can take the user by surprise.
Luckily, products liability is a well-established area of the law. If you have been injured, consult with an experienced products liability attorney from Laminack, Pirtle & Martines in Houston, Texas, to discuss your options.
The federal government regulates some aspects of consumer product safety, but the laws affecting products liability litigation exist at the state level. Although the intricacies of these laws vary from state to state, the states share some overarching principles such as:
- Unsafe medical devices
- Pharmaceutical liability
- Toxic exposure injuries
- Explosions, electrical shock & burns
- Industrial product defects/workplace injuries
- Auto defects
- Defective toys
- Food products
Defects in design, manufacturing and marketing
Product defects come in a variety of forms. A design defect occurs when the manufacturer or producer fails to design the product so that it is safe for its intended use. Typically, the manufacturer could have used a safer alternative design to avoid foreseeable risk. This occurs when, for instance, a hammer is designed with a weak handle or a swing set is designed with an unstable base.
A manufacturing defect occurs during the manufacturing process and has nothing to do with the design. Even if the design was perfect, poor manufacturing can undo proper safety measures. This can occur when a manufacturer uses the wrong materials or fails to use appropriate quality controls.
A marketing defect — the failure to warn of danger or instruct on proper use — is a different kind of defect. A product that is safe when the consumer knows how to use it can turn dangerous without the proper warnings. The manufacturer has a duty to warn users of non-obvious aspects that can make the product dangerous. A marketing defect can occur when the manufacturer fails to provide instructions to use a household cleaner only in well-ventilated areas or to wear gloves while using the cleaner.
When you have been injured
If you have been hurt by a defective or unreasonably dangerous product, seek the help of a products liability lawyer. After you get medical attention for your injuries, it is important to keep the product that caused the injuries; if you keep the product, it will be easier to prove what kind of defect caused the problem. An experienced attorney will advise you on how to proceed. Contact Laminack, Pirtle & Martines in Houston, Texas, today to schedule a consultation with a products liability lawyer.
Learn More About Product Liability:
- What Is Products Liability?
- Defective Products
- Types of Products Liability Cases
- Special Considerations in Products Liability Cases
- Products Liability Resource Links