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Think about your morning routine – from the bed and sheets you sleep in to the toothbrush and toothpaste you use to brush your teeth, to the coffee pot and coffee beans you use to brew your cup of Joe – these tangible items fall into the broad category of consumer products.
John T. Flood is a consumer product attorney in Texas who helps consumers get compensation for injuries caused by defective consumer products.  Call our office today at (361) 654-8877.

Consumers interact with an infinite number of products on a daily basis in every aspect of their lives, including at work and at home. When considering the role even the simplest product like a toothbrush plays in a consumer’s life, the need for safety standards and regulation grows increasingly apparent. Consumer products liability refers to the responsibility product manufacturers have to consumers regarding the safety of the wide range of products consumers use. Consumers need to be protected against defective products and the product manufacturers and others involved in the supply chain process must be held accountable when products injure consumers. Categories of consumer products include:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Building materials
  • Apparel
  • Children’s toys
  • Electronics
  • Healthcare materials
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Beauty products
  • Automobiles
  • Food and drinks
  • Pharmaceuticals

Consumers use and interact with a broad range of products in almost every aspect of their daily lives; therefore, it’s crucial to have regulations in place to protect them from defective products that could cause them harm or economic loss. The Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972 was the first step toward establishing corporate accountability for product defects. The CPSA established the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency that develops and enforces product standards and can order product recalls and bans under certain circumstances. The agency has protected consumers by banning toxic chemicals from being used in some consumer products and implementing child safety measures on various household and other products.

While federal regulations aim to protect consumers, manufacturers continue to let defective products slip through the cracks and into consumers’ hands. Unfortunately, American consumers are still seriously injured or killed by products they bought and trusted. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018 alone nearly 14 million people were treated in emergency rooms across the country for injuries caused by consumer products. Of the 14 million injured, most were among the most vulnerable in our communities – the elderly and children. In 2018, the following were common ccauses of onsumer product injuries:

  • Stairs, lamps, and flooring accounted for 3.1 million injuries
  • Beds, pillows, and mattresses accounted for 893,000 injuries
  • Chairs, sofas, and sofa beds accounted for 662,000 injuries

Children between the ages of birth to age four are at the highest risk for injuries or death due to consumer products. Injuries to children are most common when they involve:

  • Soaps and detergents with 15,064 injuries
  • Television sets and stands with 9,277 injuries
  • Cooking ranges and ovens with 9,332 injuries

Texas Consumer Products Liability Lawyer

It might be hard to imagine that a bed or laundry detergent could inflict serious injury or death to millions; however, these incidents do occur and harm consumers of all ages. A consumer harmed by a defective product needs to consult with an experienced products liability attorney like John Flood. With a history of effectively and aggressively fighting for consumer rights and protection, our trial lawyers stand ready to help you and your family. Were you injured by a defective consumer product? Call attorney John Flood at (361) 654-8877 today for a free initial case evaluation. 


Frequently Asked Questions About Consumer Products Liability

What does the term “product liability” mean?

When a product is defective in some way that causes harm to the consumer, someone can be held liable (responsible). Liability can lie with the product manufacturer, the manufacturer of a component of the product, the assembler, the installer, the wholesaler, the shipper, the retailer, or any other party involved in the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, or sale of the item.

What options are available for a consumer who has been injured by a product?

If you are injured by a product, the first step should be to contact a lawyer. A lawyer can help you file an individual lawsuit or participate in a class action lawsuit. An individual lawsuit is between you and the liable party or parties. A class action lawsuit occurs when a product has injured a large number of people, all of whom have the right to compensation and you would become a member of the class.

What are implied warranties?

Some products come with a written warranty and others don’t. Yet even those that don’t have a written warranty, have implied warranties. One such implied warranty is that the product is fit for the purpose it was intended for and another is that it is merchantable.

I was injured by a product. What should I do?

Contact an experienced products liability attorney right away. John Flood Trial Lawyers can help you exercise your rights as a consumer to seek compensation for a product that caused serious injury or death. By filing a lawsuit or joining a class action lawsuit, you are not only seeking fair compensation for your injuries, you are also holding the responsible party liable so that the defective product cannot cause harm to others.

 

 

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