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Austin Product Liability Lawyer

When commercial products harm the average consumer, there are federal and state laws in place to hold manufacturers, distributors, and retailers accountable. Individuals who have been injured, lost their lives, or have damaged property as the result of a defective or dangerous product, have the right to pursue compensation in a product liability lawsuit. 

The knowledgeable lawyers at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm have extensive experience in product liability law and protect the rights of victims and their families to maximize the recovery they are owed. If you or someone you love believes an injury is the result of a defective product, call us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation today. 

Do I Need a Product Liability Lawyer?

In order to build a successful product liability case, the next step is proving that you were injured as the direct result of the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer’s actions (Texas Civil Code Section 82). What that will require can be extremely complex, as you must have a full understanding of Texas product liability laws and the ability to collect the necessary evidence. An experienced product liability lawyer will know how to navigate and build a strong claim on your behalf. They have the resources to: 

  • Conduct an investigation and obtain the proof you need.
  • Connections to trusted medical professionals who can assess your injuries and give an estimate of future medical costs.
  • Negotiate with the at-fault parties’ insurance companies and lawyers to recover a fair and full settlement. 

If your lawyer is working for you on a contingency fee basis, they will also take care of any upfront costs and will only get paid when they win, so there is no risk to you. 

Types of Product Defects

There are many types of product defects that a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer can be held liable for, including:

Design Defects

A poor design can make a product defective before it even hits the manufacturing floor. If the manufacturing company poorly designed a product and knew the design could have flaws, they may be liable if the product directly injures you. 

Manufacturing Defects

A defect can happen during the manufacturing process. This usually doesn’t affect every product unit, but rather just a few of them.

Marketing Defect & Failure to Warn

A company could be liable if a product has inadequate instructions regarding its proper use, or fails to warn consumers about improper use or dangers associated with the product. 

Breach of Warranty

A breach of warranty happens if the product becomes defective during the period in which the product is still under warranty. If you’re injured by a defect within that time, then you have grounds for a product liability case.

How Much Compensation is Available for Defective Products?

Each product liability case may differ in the amount of compensation available, as the figure can hinge on a variety of unique factors. Examples of considerations include how severe the injury is, how your life is impacted and will be in the future, and how your ability to earn an income is affected. Most often, the following damages can be recovered: 

  • Medical bills and expenses associated with the injury, as well as costs for ongoing care 
  • Lost income, both now and in the future 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages (only if the manufacturer or company’s actions were especially dangerous or reckless)

Consult an Austin Product Liability Attorney

Victims of defective products only have two years from the date of their injury to pursue a lawsuit in Texas. Contact the Austin personal injury attorneys at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm today, so we may move forward with your claim. Reach our Austin office online or by calling (512) 888-7777.