Attorney at Law
Board Certified Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law
Product Liability Attorney
When someone suffers an injury as the result of somebody else's action or negligence it may be expected that the person or their insurance company will step up and offer a fair settlement. Unfortunately, that rarely happens.
In fact, people often refuse to accept responsibility and the insurance companies themselves profit from under compensating injury victims. Insurance companies will typically do everything they can to take advantage of you and to effect the lowest possible settlement, while attempting to elicit statements from you that will damage your position if you ultimately decide to go to the courts.
Hiring an attorney who practices personal injury law on a regular basis can ensure that your rights are protected.
Brent M. Cordell practices exclusively in the area of personal injury law. His number one focus is helping people with severe injuries get the legal representation they desire. Throughout his career, Mr. Cordell has helped thousands of injured people; if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or by the prescription use of a dangerous drug Brent Cordell can help you get the just compensation you deserve.
Holding Companies Liable:
Companies that manufacture or sell products to the public are legally responsible to ensure that they are safe. If their products cause injuries or illnesses to consumers, victims have legal recourse to obtain compensation for their damages by filing claims under the product liability law. This includes claims against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drugs, drug recalls, and pharmaceutical injuries.
Air bags save thousands of lives every year, and are essential safety devices for drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, defective air bags can have the opposite effect and actually create serious safety hazards. Millions of vehicles have now been recalled by Honda, Toyota, and other major auto-makers because air bags exploded, failed to deploy, opened without warning, or had other problems that can cause severe injury or even death.
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The US Government applies certain regulations on manufacturers to insure against defective products; but those regulations often go unenforced, and may lack the sufficient penalties to curb abuse.
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.
If you have sustained injuries or substantial property damage because of a product defect or recalled drug, you may have a product liability claim.
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.
Research conducted on recalled drugs have found that since 1993 over 1,000 deaths can be directly linked to pharmaceutical drugs.
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.
It has become a common occurrence in the U.S. for medications to be recalled due to serious side effects, only AFTER innocent patients have taken it. The patients and doctors do not know that these medications may cause serious complications and even death. 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.
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