It comes as a shock to many of us just how widespread defective product recalls are, and just how big an impact they have on our everyday lives.
When defective products lead to serious injuries, illness or death, it can feel as though we are defenseless against the companies that manufacture and distribute these products. However, we do have the right to push back if a product has caused us harm. The product liability attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have fought for the rights of consumers, and we know what it takes to stand up to companies that sell these harmful products.
Dallas Consumer Injury Attorneys
Our firm has helped many victims and their families from Texas seek the financial compensation they need for medical expenses and other damages caused by product defects.
We have successfully advised and represented those injured in defect-related vehicle accidents, dangerous products for children, defective medical devices and even prescription drug injuries.
Our Dallas attorneys can fight to get you the compensation you deserve for medical costs, lost wages, future care and pain and suffering. Our firm is dedicated to enacting change and protecting others from injury. Call or contact us today and let us fight for you.
Defective Vehicle Accidents
While most vehicle accidents are caused by driver error, defective vehicles and defective vehicle parts lead to many serious car accidents. Defective or faulty tires cause the vast majority of defective vehicle accidents. In fact, defective/slick tires led to 66 deaths in Texas in 2014. To better understand the scope of defective vehicle parts in relation to the accidents they cause, we’ve compiled a list of the top causes of defect-related vehicle accidents in Texas. In 2014:
- Defective or slick tires: 2,061 units involved in crashes
- Defective or no vehicle brakes: 542 units involved in crashes
- Defective steering mechanisms: 394 units involved in crashes
- Defective trailer hitch: 89 units involved in crashes
Ironically, some vehicle parts designed to make our automobiles safer are also the cause of injuries. For example, airbag maker Takata has declared that at least 5 million of their airbags are defective. Takata’s faulty airbags have been linked to 11 deaths. Defective seat belt recalls are also common. Many major automakers (Ford, Chevrolet, Tesla) have recently recalled vehicles because of potential seatbelt defects.
Defective Vehicle Design – A vehicle’s design can sometimes be the cause of a serious accident. One infamous example of faulty design is that of the Ford Pinto, which was hastily manufactured in the 1970’s with faulty gas tanks. Fires and explosions resulted in the deaths of up to 180 people in rear-impact collisions.
Another example is the Ford Bronco II – a vehicle that Ford knew had a tendency to tip onto two wheels even at low speeds. When Ford ignored these safety hazards and began selling the SUV in 1983, the Bronco II became famous for being involved in rollover accidents, leading to multiple serious injuries, fatalities and lawsuits. If a manufacturer sells a vehicle with safety issues, that company can be held liable for the injuries and deaths that stem from the faulty design.
Childhood Product Defects
In 2014, there were approximately 251,800 toy-related injuries treated in emergency departments in the U.S. Of these injuries, 42 percent were in the form of lacerations, contusions or abrasions. The most commonly affected area of the body was the head and face area.
Hazards of Lead in Toys – Toys that contain lead can also be hazardous to children. While lead paint has been banned in toys since 1978 in the United States, imported toys might not always meet these standards. The use of lead in plastics, however, has not been banned. When toys containing these lead plastics are exposed to sunlight, air or detergents, the lead can separate from the plastic and form dust.
Child Safety Seat Recalls – There are a startling number of child safety seat recalls every year. In 2014, for example, there were over 6 million child safety seat recalls due to defects. A study from Safe Kids Worldwide estimated that well over half of all children are riding unsafely in car safety seats, partly because of these defects. To make matters worse, many parents aren’t aware that by not registering their child safety seats, they will not be notified if there is a recall.
Defective Cribs – Crib defects are all too common in the United States, and the results can be disastrous for families when one of these products leads to serious injury. The Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a study between 2000 and 2010 on drop-side cribs, and found that defects led to 32 child fatalities. The CPSC also found in a 2011 study, that from 2007 to 2010, 11 million cribs, bassinets and play yards had been recalled. These alarming numbers highlight the dangers defective cribs pose to children and parents everywhere.
Defective Prescription Drugs
Unfortunately, drug recalls occur with astonishing regularity in our country. One study suggests that there is roughly one drug recall every month in the United States, while another study found that the FDA only issues public notices for roughly half of all drug recalls.
Prescription drug recalls have escalated over the past few years. For example, the FDA reported 164 drug recalls in 2009, compared with 1,225 drug recalls in 2013. Common reasons for these recalls include product contamination, packaging defects, improper testing and improper safety problems.
Defective Medical Devices
We depend on medical equipment to aid in procedures, recovery and ongoing medical care. However, defective medical devices can actually do great bodily harm, and even result in the death of those they are designed to help. Examples of defective medical devices include implants (stents, hips, etc.), defibrillators, pacemakers and prosthetics.
The rate at which the FDA receives reports regarding faulty medical devices is beyond alarming. Every year, the FDA gets hundreds of thousands of reports about defective medical devices, leading to death, serious injuries and malfunction.
Lack of Proper Warning Labels
Manufacturers can also be held liable if they fail to warn consumers of the potential hazards their products might cause. Federal law mandates that products containing toxic substances must be properly labeled to warn users of the dangers.
Dallas Consumer Injury Attorneys
When a product causes serious injury or death to a consumer, someone must be held accountable. The product liability lawyers at Guajardo & Marks represent victims who have suffered devastating injuries because of defective products.
We know that it can seem intimidating to take on the large companies that sell and distribute these products. That’s why a skilled product liability attorney can be an invaluable asset to defective product victims. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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