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Fires, Explosions, and Carbon Monoxide Dangers in the Home 

Rodman Law Office Dec. 7, 2022

Home appliances and electrical devices are an essential part of our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, when these appliances are faulty or defective, they may result in fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide leaks. This may also cause physical injury, property destruction, or sometimes death. 

Thankfully, Texas laws allow individuals who are injured in an incident caused by a defective or faulty product to hold the seller or manufacturer accountable through a product liability claim. An experienced Texas personal injury attorney can evaluate your unique circumstances and explore your options to recover damages. 

At Rodman Law Office, I’m committed to offering detailed legal guidance and compassionate representation to you regarding your product liability claims. Using my extensive experience, I will fight vigorously to protect your legal rights, hold the liable manufacturer accountable, and pursue the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. My firm is proud to serve clients across Austin, Texas, and throughout the state, including Hays County, Williamson County, and Travis County. 

Common Appliances That Cause Danger in the Home  

When a consumer purchases a home appliance or electrical device, they often expect the product to be safe to use. In the event that the item is faulty or defective, it may lead to physical injury, property destruction, or sometimes death. Here are some common appliances that can cause danger in the home: 

  • Products that can cause fires. These include: 

    • Extension cords 

    • Space heaters 

    • Dryer lint 

    • Candles 

    • Gas Stoves 

    • Laptops 

    • Dust bunnies 

    • Lithium-Ion Batteries 

  • Products that can cause explosions. These include: 

    • Furnace boiler 

    • Water heater 

    • Gas grills 

    • Glass containers 

    • Refrigerators – overheated compressor 

    • Ovens 

    • Toasters 

    • Microwaves 

    • Personal electronics 

  • Products that can cause a carbon monoxide leak, such as: 

    • Furnaces 

    • Refrigerators 

    • Boilers 

    • Gas Stoves 

    • Fireplaces 

    • Water Heaters 

    • Ovens 

    • Portable Grills 

    • Chimneys 

    • Generators 

    • Space Heaters 

    • Lawn equipment 

If you or someone close to you were injured due to a fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide leak in the home – caused by a defective product – you need to reach out to a seasoned Texas product liability lawyer immediately. Your legal counsel can investigate the facts of your case, identify the product manufacturer or seller, and determine how to proceed with your claims. 

Understanding Product Liability in Texas   

According to Texas products liability law, a person who suffers an injury due to a faulty, defective, or unsafe product may be entitled to justice. They are allowed to bring a product liability action – claim or lawsuit – against the company or person that manufactured or sold the product. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim   

Depending on the surrounding circumstances leading to the fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide leak, the plaintiff may be able to recover damages by filing a product liability claim for any of the following: 

  • Design defects 

  • Manufacturing defects 

  • Marketing defects or failure to warn (provide clear instructions) 

An experienced attorney can review every surrounding detail of your case and guide you through the product liability claims process. 

Strict Liability 

Additionally, Texas is a strict liability state for product liability claims. According to the state’s product liability laws, if there is a defect or fault in a product and this results in bodily injury, harm, or property damages, then the defendant (seller or manufacturer) will be held strictly liable. Thus, the claimant will not need to prove negligence or establish liability in their claims. 

Statute of Limitations in Texas 

Also, the statute of limitations for product liability claims in the state of Texas is two (2) years from the date the claimant suffered the injury or harm. Hence, you must file a civil action to recover damages within two years of the fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide leak in your home. 

Strong & Dependable Representation 

When a fire outbreak, explosion, and carbon monoxide leak from a faulty or defective appliance causes an injury or property damage, the victim may be entitled to hold the manufacturer or seller responsible. However, filing a product liability claim in Texas often involves a lot of complex procedures. Therefore, hiring a highly-skilled personal injury attorney is imperative for proper guidance and to help advocate for your best interests. 

With more than 30 years of extensive experience, I have the diligence, skill, and resources to help you hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. Using my in-depth knowledge of Texas product liability laws, I can fight zealously for your best interests and guide you through the often-complicated claims process. Having me on your side can make a significant difference in your product liability case. 

If you or someone close to you has sustained damages due to a faulty or defective product, you may pursue damages. Contact me at Rodman Law Office today to schedule a simple case assessment with an experienced product liability attorney. I will handle all negotiations on your behalf and attempt to recover your rightful financial compensation. My firm is proud to serve clients across Austin, Texas, and throughout the state, including Hays County, Williamson County, and Travis County.