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Homeowners install smoke and fire alarms to protect their property and to save their lives. When smoke alarms function properly, they can be invaluable resources to help protect lives and property in the event of a fire. However, they frequently malfunction and when they do, tragedy can result.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, home fires are the second leading cause of accidental deaths at home. It is also estimated that three out of every five deaths from a house fire occurs because of a smoke alarm failure. It’s critical that smoke and fire alarms are properly installed and maintained.
In many cases, fire alarm failures and smoke detector failures are due to improper installation or defective devices that are not properly working. If a device is not properly installed or if it does not function properly, that can cause the home’s occupants to lose valuable time that would allow them to evacuate and avoid smoke inhalation or risk burning.
If a smoke alarm failed and you or a loved one was harmed as a result, the victims can file a lawsuit against the alarm’s manufacturer or retailer. In some cases, the contractor, landlord, or builder can also be held legally liable. Damages can include compensation for your damaged home, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have been involved in a house fire that occurred because of the failure of a smoke or fire alarm, call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.



Pile of Law BooksThere are several factors that you need to take into account if you are considering a product liability case. One of the most important, of course, is whether or not you have a good chance of winning. In order to be able to determine whether or not you have a valid case, it is very important that you speak with a Dallas attorney who has experience in this form of litigation. At The Barber Law Firm, we have that experience, and we may be able to work to help you achieve a successful outcome.

What You Need to Prove

There are four key elements that you need to prove in order to win a product liability case.

  • You suffered a loss or were injured – You may have gone through a harrowing time due to a defective product, but if you did not suffer an injury or monetary loss directly related to use of the product, you will not have a claim.
  • You must be able to prove the product is defective – You may know in your heart that the product you used has a defect, but that alone won’t be sufficient to succeed in your case. You’ll need the help of an experience lawyer in order to prove this element.
  • The defect resulted in your injury – You have to be able to prove that not only were you hurt, but that the defect caused your injury. While this is simple in some cases, it can be quite a bit harder than you may think. If you were driving a car, for example, that flipped over when you were turning a corner, and that car was known to have a flaw that made it prone to flipping, you may think you have an open-and-shut case. However, if you were speeding at the time, the opposition will argue that your speeding was the cause of your injury, and not the defect.
  • You used the product as it was intended – If you were not using the product in the manner the manufacturer intended you to use it, then you may not have a valid claim.

There are several complex aspects to any sort of product liability lawsuit. As a result, it is essential that you have a seasoned attorney represent you in your case. Contact the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 and let us tell you how we may be able to help. Have you ever sustained an injury due to the use of a defective product? Share your story with us by clicking one of the social media buttons on this page.



Defective Products LawyerWhile defective products lawsuits are effective in helping protect consumers by taking dangerous products off of the market, they are extremely challenging. These are typically very hard-fought cases that involve high-powered opposition. You may not just be going up against the manufacturer, but also suppliers, distributors, retailers and other parties. It is critically important that you have a Dallas attorney on your side who has the experience needed to be able to help you obtain a favorable result in your case. At The Barber Law Firm, we can act as an advocate on your behalf in this kind of case.

A Complex Case

In many instances, experts need to analyze the defective products in order to determine whether or not you have a basis for legal action. Also, there may be others who have the same type of claim as you, and these people may live across several different states. When this occurs, this is known as a class action lawsuit. You may have heard of this kind of case before in regard to certain pharmaceutical products. There are several involved rules that govern this type of legal action, so it is essential that you have a lawyer on your side who knows how to navigate the intricacies.

Formidable Opposition

In most instances when defective products cases are filed, there will, again, be several defendants. If you are filing a case against major manufacturers, retailers and other parties, they will all likely have very large staffs consisting of highly professional defense attorneys working to protect their best interests. In order to achieve a positive result, you will need to not only have experts on your side to testify about the dangers of the product, you’ll also need experienced and effective legal representation.

Time is of the essence when pursuing defective products case. Contact The Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 so that we can let you know how we may be able to help. If you have ever been harmed by a dangerous product, let us know by sharing your story using one of the social media icons at the right side of the page.



If you’ve been the victim of an accident caused by a defective vehicle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Plano, Grapevine and Irving, you could have a legal claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer. If an automobile manufacturer makes a defective vehicle, and the defect causes an accident, the manufacturer can be held liable.

Manufacturers can also be subjected to fines for failing to recall vehicles as quickly as they should. Earlier this month, Ford agreed to pay over $17 million in fines for failing to recall Ford Escape SUVs as quickly as they should have. The Ford Escapes had a flaw that caused the accelerators to stay depressed even after drivers removed their foot from it. The NHTSA opened an investigation and found that Ford may have known about the safety defect, but failed to tell customers or the federal government, which is illegal.

Sadly, it is often cheaper for car companies to keep quiet about dangerous defects and to pay any settlements that arise as a result of the problem than it is to recall thousands of vehicles. Therefore, automobile manufacturers may try to hide any evidence of a safety problem. There have been many cases in recent years in which car companies were forced to pay fines and judgments for failing to recall vehicles as quickly as they should have.

People who are injured as a result of a vehicle defect are entitled to compensation, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. They may even be entitled to punitive damages if the car manufacturer was found to have covered up the defect. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a dangerous problem with a vehicle, call the Dallas – Fort Worth defective vehicle attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.



A new government rule, in addition to a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, would attempt to keep dangerous, unrecalled cars out of the hands of consumers. The rule, which will soon be announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, requires automakers to allow searches for active recalls on their websites. The searches would use a vehicle’s identification number, and the websites must be updated weekly.

The purpose of the new rule is at allow the public to know if a vehicle that they are considering purchasing has been repaired after being recalled. Although 70 percent of vehicles that are recalled are repaired, that still leaves a large amount of vehicles that are subject to recalls that aren’t repaired.

The bill introduced in the Senate also deals with recalled vehicles. The Senate bill, introduced this summer, bans rental car companies from renting out vehicles that are under recall but haven’t been repaired. The bill was inspired by the deaths of two sisters who were killed when their rental PT Cruiser, which was under a recall but hadn’t been repaired, caught fire and caused a head-on collision with a truck.

If you rent a car, it’s important that you check out the vehicle’s safety before renting it. Before leaving in the vehicle, check out whether it’s been recalled for major safety defects on recalls.gov. If the model has been recalled, ask the rental company whether the vehicle has been repaired.

 



This week, Chrysler finally announced that it was recalling 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys because of a problem with the fuel tanks. The recall came after a few weeks of pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the public.

The NHTSA has been investigating certain models of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys for three years. It concluded that the vehicles had a problem with their fuel tanks. According to the NHTSA, if the vehicles’ gas tanks are hit from the rear, they can rupture, causing a fire. The agency claimed that 51 people had died in fiery crashes in Jeeps with gas tanks that were behind the rear axle. The NHTSA requested that Jeep voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.

However, two weeks ago, Chrysler said the vehicles weren’t defective, and refused to recall the vehicles, which could have resulted in a public showdown between Chrysler and the NHTSA. This week, Chrysler reversed its position and agreed to recall 2.7 million vehicles. Dealers will install trailer hitches on the vehicles to protect the gas tanks. If Chrysler had not agreed to the recall, there could have been public hearings on the issue which would have been damaging to its reputation.

Although automakers have profits in the hundreds of millions and billions of dollars, they are frequently reluctant to recall dangerous vehicles because of the expense. If they fail to recall a defective vehicle, and a person is hurt or killed in that vehicle as a result, the automaker can and should be held responsible.



Although the basic premises and public policy of product liability law are relatively easy to understand — companies who negligently put dangerous products on the market should be held responsible for the harm they do in order to deter such accidents in the future — the area of law is quite complex and ever-changing. No two injury claims are exactly the same, and the differing circumstances surrounding each individual event can make it difficult to predict the outcome of litigation. To get the best perspective on the merits of your case and an overview of current products liability litigation, contact one of the skilled Dallas injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm.

Escola v. Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

As with many other areas of law, litigation involving manufacturer liability for products they manufacture has been shaped by landmark cases in the field. For example, the famous case of Escola v. Coca-Cola Bottling Co., decided in 1994, established the common-law rule that strict liability was to be the standard in defective products case, rather than a standard such as negligence. The case involved a bottle of Coca-Cola that exploded in the plaintiff’s hand, resulting in a gruesome injury that affected both muscles and nerves.

Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants

A more recent case that captured the attention of the news media due to its sympathetic plaintiff was Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants. This litigation involved a 79-year-old woman who suffered third-degree burns on her thighs and groin as a result of the scalding temperature of McDonald’s coffee that spilled on her lap. After a week in the hospital and multiple skin grafts, the plaintiff accrued nearly $200,000 in hospital charges. What made the case particularly disturbing was that McDonald’s had already been sued hundreds of times over its too-hot coffee, and the court found the company engaged in reckless conduct worthy of nearly $3 million in punitive damages. However, a judge lowered the amount to about $500,000 on appeal, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of jury verdicts and payouts in manufacturer liability cases.

If you have a claim you wish to pursue, consult the experienced attorneys at Barber Law Firm, who make a point to stay up-to-date on the latest issues in this area of law. Call the Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550.





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