In Texas, product liability laws were enacted to protect consumers from dangerous and defective goods. These laws regulate how products are designed, marketed, manufactured and distributed.
If you were injured due to a dangerous or defective product, then you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses and non-economic damages. However, winning a product liability lawsuit is a legally complicated process.
To start, there are several parties who may be liable for damages. Depending on the cause of the defect, the liable party may be the designer, manufacturer, distributor or another person in the product cycle.
After identifying the liable party, you will need to gather evidence to prove liability, negligence, causation and damages. This may require receipts, testimonies from medical and financial experts, doctors’ records and other documentation.
An accident attorney can help you navigate the claims process, avoid mistakes and recover the highest possible compensation. If your injury happened in Texas, turn to the Luke Dow Law Firm.
Luke Dow is a board-certified personal-injury lawyer in Austin who will aggressively represent your interests. Mr. Dow will help you avoid mistakes such as overlooking certain damages, accepting a low settlement, making recorded statements or signing a general release.
Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about personal-injury claims in Texas.
3 Steps to Take after Being Injured by a Defective Product
Product liability claims are often associated with defective auto parts and sports equipment, but any type of good can have a potentially dangerous defect. These injuries can happen at any time, and when they do, it is important that victims understand how to protect their interests.
If you are injured by a defective product, take these three steps immediately
- Gather Evidence: If anyone saw the accident, write down their full names, phone numbers and email addresses. Your personal-injury lawyer may use their testimonies to support your claim. Also, take photos of your injuries and the defective product that caused them. Write down the sequence of events that led to your injury, including details about where and when you purchased the item, how you used the item, and how your injuries happened.
- Visit a Doctor: Many people put off doctors’ visits because they don’t want to sacrifice the time or money to get evaluated. However, by not visiting your doctor, you are giving the defendant and his or her insurance company an opportunity to undervalue or even deny your claim. Your attorney will need the doctor’s record to tie your injuries to the accident and prove damages.
- Consult an Accident Attorney: By taking legal action, not only might you be able to recover compensation, but you also may save other customers from the same dangerous defect. Your personal-injury lawyer will help you fight for the maximum compensation and avoid mistakes that would compromise the success of your claim.