Were You Injured By A Defective Consumer Product?
Manufacturers are responsible for building products that are reasonably safe. They are also responsible for warning consumers about safety risks that cannot be designed out of products. Unfortunately, thousands of consumers are injured or killed each year by dangerous and defective products they bring into their homes.
The attorneys at Carpenter & Schumacher, P.C., have extensive experience handling cases of serious injuries, including fires and explosions, caused by common household products. Our lawyers prosecute these cases against product manufacturers on behalf of injured consumers and large insurance companies. With offices in Plano , we represent clients in Dallas-Fort Worth and throughout West Texas.
A Long History Of Holding Manufacturers Accountable
Back in the 1990s, our lawyers were instrumental in design changes made by manufacturers to Krups coffee makers, Hamilton Beach toasters and Torchiere floor lamps. These manufacturers made significant design changes to their products that resulted in lowering the injuries and deaths being caused by the prior product designs, reducing the risks posed to consumers. As the result of litigation led by our law firm, manufacturers lowered the wattage to 150 watts, reducing the risks to consumers.
Our firm has successfully prosecuted cases against the largest automakers in the United States, including General Motors and Ford Motor Company, for injuries and deaths caused by dangerous auto defects. We have successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients in cases brought against product manufacturers across the country and in China, involving defective products. Examples include:
- Water heaters
- Household appliances
- Foam insulation
- Branch circuit wiring
- Breaker panels
- Can lights
- Corrugated stainless steel tubing for delivering natural gas and propane in homes
- Baby products
- Lawn and garden equipment
Understanding Product Safety And The Law
You can count on your legal team staying informed on what the various code-making organizations are doing as it concerns products, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), not only to determine what these code organizations are saying about products, but also to make sure we alert them to the cases we are handling so that they can stay informed about the real-world situations we are seeing as it relates to product failures. In some instances, we have discovered that some of the organizations that are tasked with protecting consumers from defective products are actually working with the manufacturers to protect the products they make.
The experts our lawyers work with stay current with the latest technologies and trends seen in catastrophic fires and losses involving defective products. We require that the experts we work with stay informed on emerging trends of post-sale failure to warn, product recalls, as well as recurring chatter on various internet sites, blogs and twitter feeds.