When consumers shop for goods, they expect the goods will be safe to use. Lately, this isn’t always the case.
Whenever anyone buys something at a store, they expect it will work and not cause them harm. They will also plan on using the product the way it was intended to be used. “With products that have inherent dangers associated with them, such as a gas barbeque, there are usually federal requirements that mandate what must be on the product’s warning label,” explained Austin personal injury attorney Beverly Aylmer of Lee, Gober & Reyna.
For instance, in the case of a gas barbeque, one might expect to see the warning: don’t light barbeque at the air intake opening or grill may overheat and melt, or explode and ignite other combustibles in the area. Now, that may also be a defective design consideration as well.
The main problem with consumer products is that once they have been made, shipped and sold, it’s not until something goes wrong that anyone realizes there was a risk of injury or death. “By then, either someone gets badly hurt or killed. Then, something is done about recalling the product – sometimes. Other times, fixes are issued for it. Sadly, the response time of many manufacturers is really slow and in the meantime, disaster may be already stalking its next victim,” Aylmer said.
While those hurt or killed by a defective product may trigger a recall, this doesn’t begin to address the people who will never hear, see or read about the recall or the warnings. Many of them continue to use the product and wonder why it caused them serious injuries. When bad things happen to good people – unsuspecting souls just using a product – it’s time to consider filing a lawsuit with an Austin personal injury lawyer.
“Do the companies that make and ship defective products know about the problem? Fair question, and in some cases I have seen, they did know. In others, they knew later. However, depending on the state you live in there are different types of product liability, so ask your Austin personal injury lawyer what type of liability a manufacturer of a defective product has in Texas,” advised Aylmer.
Are there certain common products on the market that tend to be a problem for consumers? Apparently the answer to that is yes, and many of them are in areas that cause a great degree of concern for consumers, such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, kid’s toys and jewelry, children’s products like cribs and slings, small appliances, and defective cars and their parts.
“Some say greed and the rush to market to beat the competition have created the horrendous product recalls we’ve seen to date. Many of them have taken lives and many of them could have been avoided if the maker of the product had taken the time and care to do things properly,” added Austin personal injury attorney Beverly Aylmer of Lee, Gober & Reyna.
When faced with a dangerous/defective product that has caused harm or death, it’s a good idea to consult with a skilled Austin personal injury lawyer and find out what consumer’s rights are and how to file a personal injury lawsuit.
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