Helping Those Injured By Defective Medical Products in Houston, TX
Guiding you through your products liability claim in Texas
A medical device is supposed to improve your health and quality of life. If there is something wrong with that product, it could lead to serious injury or even death. At Cire Law Firm, we have three decades of experience handling claims involving defective medical products. We are dedicated to getting you the maximum recovery possible for your losses.
Common defective medical products
A medical product is any device that is used to treat a disease, injury or disability. Some products that have been involved in products liability lawsuits include:
If these products have been defectively manufactured, designed or marketed, they may cause harm. Our law firm is prepared to defend your right to compensation.
Statute of limitations in Texas products liability cases
All states have statutes of limitations, outlining the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a products liability case is two years. This means that you must file a claim within two years of the date the injury occurred. Because not all injuries are immediately apparent, in certain situations the statute of limitations begins when you discovered, or should have discovered, the injury. This is known as the “discovery rule.” If the defective injury led to a wrongful death, the deceased’s family has two years from the date of the death to file a claim. An experienced attorney with our firm can ensure that you file a claim within the statute of limitations.
Who can be held liable for your injuries?
Products liability claims are often complicated. Sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the defect. In cases involving medical devices, we need to consider the “chain of distribution,” or every entity that came into contact with the device before it got to you. The following parties may be held responsible in a defective medical product case:
- Manufacturer. Due to high demand and the complexity of the products, defects often occur during the manufacturing stage.
- Testing laboratory. Products are tested to ensure that they work properly. If the testers act negligently and let a defective device go to market, they could be held liable.
- Medical sales representative. It is the responsibility of the sales representatives to market the products they are selling to doctors correctly. If they recommend a product that turns out to be defective, they may be partially responsible.
- Doctor. A doctor has to warn you of the possible risks associated with any medical device they recommend. They also must provide instructions to ensure you use and care for the device properly.
- Hospital. You may be able to sue the hospital or clinic where you received the medical device for liability.
- Retail supplier. While most medical devices are given to a patient directly from their doctor, sometimes you can purchase a device from a pharmacy, drug store or other retailer. This retailer may be held liable in some circumstances.
Our medical malpractice law firm can help you determine who to name in your products liability lawsuit.
After an injury caused by a defective medical product, get help from an experienced Houston lawyer
Cire Law Firm represents clients in Houston and throughout Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend and Jefferson counties in cases involving defective medical devices. Call us at 713.532.6206 or contact us online to schedule a free case review. We offer house calls and hospital visits if your injuries make it difficult to come to our office, and flexible appointments are available. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any lawyer unless we recover damage for you.