for defective drugs, medical devices and consumer products
As consumers, we trust that the products we purchase meet certain standards for safety. We also have to trust that the products used or prescribed by our physicians and those made available to us through the various businesses we use are safe and free defects or flaws that could inflict injury, illness, or death.
In most cases this trust is well founded, but unfortunately defective and dangerous products still do find their way into our homes, hospitals, offices and businesses.
Our government has specific agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) which are intended to monitor product safety, yet faulty products do occasionally reach the consumer market, placing the lives of the public in harm's way. Product manufacturer negligence can be associated with inefficient testing, contamination, the failure to maintain a premises, poor manufacturing, computer errors or human oversight. Product recalls and drug recalls help alert consumers to the potential risks of defective products that they may already own, but these announcements come too late for anybody who has already suffered injury or the family members of those who have been killed.
Product liability relates to any harm to consumers stemming from marketing misrepresentation, manufacturing defects, poor design, labeling errors, or the failure to warn of specific side effects or additional risks.
An experienced product liability attorney helps individuals in the prosecution of reckless or negligent manufacturers who distribute defective or mislabeled products. Product liability lawsuits are often the consumer's most effective weapon against unreasonably dangerous products. If you or a loved one have been injured by the failure of a dangerous or defective product, Houston, Texas based personal injury attorney Brent M. Cordell can inform you of your legal rights and options.
Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars every year on the sales of defective drugs that all too often cause unexpected health damages and deaths. These drug companies will often rush their products into the marketplace in order to satiate their shareholders and executives, relying on the over-extended and under-funded Food and Drug Administration to grant a quick approval.
The major drug and medical device manufacturers are supported by a vast network of marketing organizations and insurance companies that are paid to anticipate legal obstacles long before they occur, placing consumers at a distinct disadvantage. There is practically no incentive for them to offer fair compensation for damages resulting from misuse or over-prescription. These companies may even know that there are potential problems with their drugs beforehand or that they require further testing, but commercial interests dictate their need to generate revenue and get their products on the shelves- these concerns are often ignored or bypassed.
Unfortunately, it's the individual consumers who have placed their trust in a product that they have been led to believe can help them deal with a particular medical condition who wind up suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a defective or dangerous drug or medical device, you have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries. If you have any questions as to whether a defective product is indeed to blame for your injury, Brent M. Cordell specializes in product liability and can help you review the facts of your case, complete the necessary paperwork, understand relevant laws, and ultimately, receive the damages you deserve. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.