But the ugly truth is that products can and do fail every day. When a product we purchase does not perform as intended, it can cause a serious injury that could devastate your life. For example, a faulty gas tank on the 1979 Chevrolet Malibu caused explosions and led to six deaths. Plaintiffs sued for $4.9 billion in punitive damages.
At Guajardo & Marks, we work hard to obtain compensation for Texas clients who have suffered personal injuries caused by defective products. If you are ever injured by a defective product, please contact our Dallas personal injury attorneys to determine if you may be eligible for manufacturer or dealer compensation.
Below are some of the most common types of product defects and injuries that affect millions of Americans every year.
Child Product Injuries
Few things will devastate your life like the injury or wrongful death of a child. But sadly, thousands of children are injured each year due to defective toys. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported in 2011 there were 13 toy-related deaths in the US. Some of the most common types of child product hazards include:
- Choking hazards: Small toys with detachable pieces are notorious for causing choking dangers for babies and toddlers. A choking incident could lead to a serious brain injury and/or death.
- Sharp or pointed edges on various toys and other child products can cause serious cuts and bleeding.
- Lack of warning labels on various types of toys can lead to many serious injuries, including choking, head trauma, lacerations, etc.
- Dangerous packing can cause asphyxiation and brain death.
- Overheating in products with batteries can pose a serious burn risk.
Other Common Injuries in Defective Products
Children’s products are not the only ones that have serious dangers that risk the health and safety of the public. Did you know that pharmaceutical products can be considered defective products? Prescription drugs may cause very serious side effects that were not listed on the label. For example, some pharmaceuticals can cause heart, kidney and liver failure, lung problems, vision problems and brain damage.
Other types of consumer products can lead to serious injuries, such as head trauma or broken bones. These types of injuries are common when a person or child is in an elevated position, such as a child in a defective high chair or an adult on a ladder that collapses.
Serious head injuries are common consequences of product defects as well. They are common in defects with ladders, bicycles, motorcycles and scooters. The user of the product could even be wearing a helmet, but if the product does not function properly, the person can still suffer serious brain damage. If your helmet did not function properly in an accident, you should consult with an experienced product liability attorney.
Defects in automobiles are also very common. Tires may explode without warning, and SUVs may roll over unexpectedly when turning a corner at a reasonable speed. These types of serious automotive product defects can cause head trauma, brain damage, spinal injuries, organ damage and more.
If you have been hurt by a possibly defective product, know that modern product liability laws are complex. It is important to speak to an experienced attorney about these matters as son as possible.
Suffered an Injury from a Defective Product? Contact Guajardo & Marks for a Free Consultation
At Guajardo & Marks, we understand that a defective product can leave you with serious injuries. If a manufacturer has produced a defective product that led to a personal injury, it should be held accountable and pay you the compensation you deserve. Please contact our Dallas personal injury law office today at 972-774-9800 for a complimentary consultation about your product injury matter.