In the United States, businesses have a legal obligation to ensure that any products they sell commercially are safe for consumers. In some industries, this involves meeting specific regulations and passing certain certifications, while others are more open-ended. Regardless, if you are injured as a result of a faulty or unsafe product, the manufacturer and distributor may both be legally responsible regardless of whether they acted negligently.
Understanding Product Liability
The key component of any product liability claim is demonstrating that your injury was the direct result of a defect in the product. Proving that the product was defective alone is not enough to constitute a claim. As a result, it is important to record everything you can about your injuries and the way they occurred.
Injuries can result from defective manufacturing (like tainted food or faulty materials), defective design (like a top-heavy shelf that tips over), or a failure to include appropriate warnings (like indicating that a surface gets dangerously hot). Manufacturers and, sometimes, distributors, are legally responsible for injuries caused by any of these failures.
Houston’s Product Liability Attorney
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. If the businesses involved acted negligently, you may able to claim additional punitive damages. As an attorney with nearly 40 years of experience, Mark W. Collmer has the expertise and skill to ensure that you get justice by holding businesses accountable. He will work closely with you to help you get fair compensation for your injuries.