Product Liability Attorneys in Bryan, Texas
The Payne Law Group Stands with Consumers in both Bryan & College Station
American consumers are protected by various legal rights that demand products always be reasonably safe for regular use. When a product defect causes a consumer to be injured or suffer other forms of damages, the product manufacturer can be held liable through a civil claim.
It might not be a surprise to find that most product manufacturers try to deny any liability for their defective products and hire corporate defense firms to protect themselves.
When you need to file a product liability or product defect claim in Texas, The Payne Law Group can help you keep the legal playing field balanced. Our attorneys have decades of collective experience and our law firm was founded in 1949.
Corporate insurance companies recognize our name and know that we will bring a fight to the courtroom if it means doing what is right for our clients. In fact, we have built our reputation on taking big, newsworthy cases that end in litigation.
What Are the Three Types of Product Defects?
Every product can be defective when safety is not the primary concern of the parties manufacturing them. For your product liability claim, we will be concerned with proving what happened to make your product become defective and ultimately injure you or a family member.
Using our investigative abilities and connections with expert witnesses, we can dive into the details to pinpoint what happened and why.
There are three ways a product can be defective:
- Design: When a product is defective by design, it has inherent problems that cannot be fixed until the entire thing is redesigned. For example, the defective Takata airbags that triggered millions of vehicle recalls around the globe were designed to use an unstable chemical component in the inflator mechanism.
- Manufacturing: A product is defective by manufacturing if something goes wrong while it is being built or produced. For example, imagine that a bag of peanuts accidentally spilled into a vat of chocolate at a candy factory. Consumers with nut allergies could eat the chocolate and suffer a serious allergic reaction. In this case, the candy would be defective by a manufacturing error.
- Marketing: Products can become defective through dishonest or misleading marketing, too. Many dangerous prescription drugs are dangerous through marketing because the Big Pharma companies that design and manufacture them do not disclose all the potential side effects in advertisements and product packaging, both forms of marketing.
Keep Your Defective Product
After telling a product manufacturer that you were hurt by their product, they will probably tell you to send it back to them for inspection or replacement. Please do not send a defective product back to the manufacturer without first speaking with a product liability attorney.
Sending the defective product back literally removes your claim’s best piece of evidence from your hands and gives it to the opposition. You need to show it to a lawyer first so they can get a clear idea of what might have gone wrong. Or they can call in a product expert to analyze it.
At some point, you will probably need to send the defective product back to the manufacturer to validate your claim. But when to make that decision is something you should coordinate with your attorney.
Legal Counsel in Any Product Defect Case
Every year, there are stories of product defects and recalls that soon follow. As a Bryan product liability law firm that first opened in the 40s, we have seen all sorts of claims and unreasonably dangerous products.
From car parts and dangerous drugs to appliances and medical devices, we can assist you with any product liability claim you need to file.