As many gyms closed due to the Coronavirus lockdown across the country, people began to improvise by buying at home gym equipment. While this is a great way to stay active during this time, it can also be dangerous if the workout equipment is defective and malfunctions. This is because it can cause severe injuries to those using them. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation through product liability law. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Texas personal injury attorney for further assistance.
What is Product Liability?
Under product liability law, all manufacturers in Texas are required to produce items for consumers with the proper standard of care. This involves making sure they are safe and do not cause harm to those who use them. While this is true, there are situations in which manufacturers are negligent and create defective products. This can lead to malfunctions and serious injuries as a result.
What are Examples of Defects?
There are three main types of defects that are seen in product liability cases:
- Design defects: If the designer did not consider user safety when creating the product and the design causes injuries to those who use it.
- Manufacturer defects: When the creator of the product does not follow the correct protocol during production and the item becomes defective.
- Failure to warn: Manufacturers must put a warning label on products people know how to use them safely to avoid injuries. This is important with home gym equipment, as the misuse of these items can cause serious injuries as a result.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
If home gym equipment is defective and malfunctions, it can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim. However, it is during this time that they are required to prove the manufacturer was negligent in production. It is important to note that legal action cannot be pursued for just any workout related injury. It must be due to a defective product. Manufacturers who are found liable may owe the injured party compensation in order to cover the damages.
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If you or someone you know has been wrongly injured, you must not wait. Our firm is ready to help you through each step of the legal process to help ensure you recover the financial compensation you need to move on with your life. We are ready to help–all you have to do is contact Brock & Goetzmann, PLLC today.