Every year, hundreds of thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from unsafe, defective or dangerous products. Some of these products are “recalled” by manufacturers and some are not. Regardless, many of these injuries could have been avoided if manufacturers or distributors had taken additional steps to ensure consumer safety.
If you think you were injured as a result of a defective or dangerous product, contact the experienced product liability attorneys at Slack & Davis. Our firm has built a reputation for helping citizens go up against wealthy and powerful adversaries.
Raising Awareness about Product Defects
There are three types of product defects that involve manufacturers and suppliers:
- Design defect: a flaw in the design of the product that makes it dangerous
- Manufacturing defects: the product does not conform to the designer’s or manufacturer’s specifications
- Marketing defects: improper labeling of products, insufficient instructions, or failure to include a proper warning label about the product’s hidden dangers
The product liability attorneys at Slack & Davis regularly handle many different types of lawsuits related to product defects and failures, including:
- Automobiles (including cars, trucks, SUVs, buses and tractor trailers)
- Vehicle safety equipment, including seatbelts and child car seats
- Tires, including tire failure
- Aviation and airplane equipment
- Medical products, including surgical equipment and medical devices
- Pharmaceuticals, both over-the-counter and prescription drugs
Regardless of whether a defective product has been officially recalled, you may still have a product liability case. The validity of your case is not contingent upon whether a recall was issued. Product liability can be established if there was a flaw in the product’s design, if there was an error made during the manufacturing process, if the product was irresponsibly marketed with improper or insufficient directions for use, or if the manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers of potential dangers. The product liability lawyers of Slack & Davis will handle your case with respect and sensitivity, while at the same time fighting tirelessly for your rights. Call 1-800-455-8686 for a free case evaluation. The following are summaries of recent or current cases litigated by Slack & Davis product liability attorneys. Recoveries were made on behalf of:
- Multiple plaintiffs with cases related to defective pacemakers and defibrillators manufactured by Guidant Corporation. Each case was evaluated and settled individually.
- Multiple plaintiffs with cases related to defective hip and knee replacement products manufactured by Sulzer Orthopedics. Each case was evaluated and settled individually.
- Multiple plaintiffs with cases related to defective knee replacement products manufactured by Smith & Nephew. Each case was evaluated and settled individually.
- Five members of a Dallas family, who were driving to Colorado for a baseball tournament. While traveling on a rural, two-lane road, the tread of the left rear tire separated from the tire and wrapped around the axle so tightly, the emergency brake cable engaged, locking the wheel and ultimately causing the vehicle to roll over several times and land on its roof. One child died as a result of this crash. Other family members suffered numerous traumatic injuries. Slack & Davis represented the surviving family members in their claim that the crash was caused by a defective tire that was manufactured in Taiwan and sold in Dallas by a U.S. distributor.
- A Northeast Texas man was driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in his backyard when the throttle control became stuck in the open throttle position. The ATV traveled out-of-control along a barbed wire fence and hit a tree. He sustained severe injuries which resulted in his death. Slack & Davis represented the man’s family and alleged that the ATV’s throttle system was defectively designed and manufactured. This case was settled for a confidential amount after jury selection at trial.
- A woman who was killed in a relatively minor collision. Defects in her car’s automatic passive shoulder belt system caused massive internal injuries.
- An amputee who sustained serious injuries during a fall that was caused by a defective prosthetic device. The prosthesis, which was attached below his left knee, failed when the locking pin unexpectedly detached from the liner. When the prosthesis came off, our client fell, landing on his knee and cracking his femur. This led to surgery and painful rehabilitation.
- A four-year-old boy who was rendered a paraplegic as a result of a car wreck. The child was restrained with lap and shoulder belts in the left rear seat. During the collision, because of poor fit of the shoulder/lap belt restraint system and seat, the boy’s body rotated out of the shoulder restraint and jackknifed violently over the lap and shoulder belts. Slack & Davis attorneys argued that the seat belts were not designed to safely restrain and protect children who have outgrown child safety seats.
- A quadriplegic injured in an SUV rollover. This lawsuit was filed against the SUV’s retailer who sold our client the car without the federally required warning label. In addition, our client previously had obtained a recovery from the driver’s insurance carrier, and a recovery from the manufacturer sufficient to secure his lifetime needs.
- A man who suffered a head injury in a collision, due to defective minivan door latches that flew open and caused him to be ejected from the vehicle.
- A child who died in an accident involving a household appliance.
- An individual who lost eight fingers in a pulley, while operating a machine that manufactured cement blocks. Our lawsuit contended that the manufacturer should have designed the machine with a safety guard around the pulley.
- Plaintiffs who rented an RV for an overnight hunting trip. As they were driving home, the RV suddenly exploded in flames, resulting in burn injuries to the plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed against the manufacturer, owner and lessor of the vehicle.
- A woman who was ejected from the backseat and out the back window upon collision. She suffered permanent brain damage. The claim asserted that the car manufacturer was liable because of its failure to use laminated glass in the back window.
- A man who suffered a closed head injury when his car’s seat back failed in a rear end collision, causing his head to strike against the roof of the car.
- A client who experienced eye injuries due to an exploding water softener.
- Parents of a baby boy whose car seat failed in a crash. Although the collision was relatively minor, the child’s skull was crushed and he received brain injuries. Slack & Davis argued that the seat was improperly designed to protect children in a side-impact collision. Although a large percentage of collisions are side-impact, most manufacturers do not test their seats’ performance in this type of crash because the government doesn’t require it.
Finding a Product Liability Attorney
If you or a member of your family has been injured or even killed as a result of a defective product, contact the product liability attorneys at Slack & Davis today. You are entitled to fair compensation for your hardship and suffering. The product liability lawyers of Slack & Davis will handle your case with respect for your sensitive situation, while at the same time fighting tirelessly for your rights. Call 1-800-455-8686 for a free case evaluation.