At LKC, our product liability attorneys are well-versed in the laws that protect consumers against the harm posed by defective products. Defective or dangerous products are the cause of thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. “Product liability law,” the legal rules concerning who is responsible for defective or dangerous products, is different from ordinary injury law, and this set of rules sometimes makes it easier for an injured person to recover damages. Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. In general terms, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. Typically, product liability claims are based on state laws, and brought under the theories of negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty.
Most defective products belong in one of three categories. These categories are:
- Design defect – This occurs when the basic design of a product is inherently flawed. For example, a vehicle that rolls over easily because it is designed to be top-heavy has a design defect. These defects can be recognized easily because they usually affect all of the products in a line, rather than just some of them.
- Manufacturing defect – This occurs when a product is designed well, but someone makes an error while constructing it. One example is an electrical product that has been built with faulty wiring. Unlike design defects, manufacturing defects may only affect some of the items in a line.
- Marketing defect – This occurs when a defect lies not with the product, but with the way it is sold. For example, a children’s toy with an incorrect age recommendation on its packaging has a marketing defect.
Any of these defects can be very dangerous for unsuspecting consumers. We believe that anyone who has been harmed by a poorly made or improperly advertised product deserves a chance to fight for justice.
Product manufacturers, designers, distributors, wholesalers, and sellers are supposed to make sure that their consumer products are safe for consumption and use. When their failure to fulfill this duty leads to serious injury or death, the injury victims or their families can file for damages from all liable parties. Thousands of people die each year due to faulty consumer products.
Common products and defects that may cause a catastrophic injury or a wrongful death are:
- Automobiles and Auto Parts
- Ford fires
- Ford Speed Control Deactivation Switch defects
- Takata Recall
- GM Recall – Ignition Switch defects
- Industrial Machinery and Tools
- Medications and Drugs
- GE Dishwasher Fires
- Firestone Tires
- Airplane Accidents
- Crib Recall Cases
- Botox Injections
- Bad Medication
Damages for injuries caused by defective merchandise are typically compensatory, special, or punitive. When a product liability lawsuit is successful, the plaintiff may be eligible for damages covering:
- Medical costs, both present and future
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
Injuries resulting from defective products can result in substantial physical, emotional, and financial stress. If you or someone you know has been injured by a faulty or defective product, the attorneys at LKC may be able to help. Contact us to discuss your potential case by filling out the form on this page or by calling us to arrange for a free initial consultation.
LKC attorneys have handled hundreds of Defective Ford Speed Control Deactivation Switch Defect (Ford SCDS Fires) Claims resulting in either Property Damage, Injury and even Death. Since 2002, Attorney Bradley L. Leger has been at the forefront of numerous battles with Ford Motor Company regarding Ford SCDS Fires. For more information on these recalls and on legal remedies for victims of fires caused by these faulty cruise control switches contact Bradley L. Leger toll free at 832.764.7200 or send us an email using the online submission form. In the past decade, Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 10 million vehicles because of faulty cruise control switches that could corrode and catch fire. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,472 complaints connected to the defect have been reported, including 65 fires.
Bradley L. Leger has represented hundreds of clients in Texas and nationwide who had suffered property damage, injuries and the loss of a loved one as a result of fires started by Ford’s defective cruise control switches. We fight on behalf of those who have suffered injury resulting from Ford Motor Company’s defective cruise control switches, including injuries such as:
- Respiratory injuries caused by smoke
- Burn injuries
- Fatal smoke and burn injuries
- Damage and destruction to homes and vehicles
If you have suffered a fire as a result of this recall, you should also report your vehicle fire to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), so that NHTSA receives notice of the incident.
By U.S. mail, contact the NHTSA at:
U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation NSA-10.01, 400 7th Street, SWWashington, DC 20590
Contact Bradley L. Leger today at 832.764.7200 to arrange for a free initial consultation to discuss your potential case.