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Columnist says old lawsuit is example of defective product issue

Many Texas consumers have had experiences where they purchase products only to later discover that they don't work properly. This can result in accident, injury or illness when a defective product becomes hazardous to its user. A recent online column addressed the issue of product liability, namely whether chemically treated wood can sometimes be defective.

The person who had posed the question was concerned because the treated wood he had owned for 10 years was showing many signs of rot. He wrote in to ask the columnist whether wood that is chemically treated to resist rot can be defective. The columnist said it most definitely can, and cited a lawsuit he was personally involved in many years ago regarding brand name windows that were manufactured with defective wood preservative.

It's not uncommon that consumers mistakenly believe that products labeled "treated" cannot be defective. However, no product is full-proof against potential defectiveness, and anyone concerned about a particular issue can investigate further by discussing the situation with someone well-versed in product liability law. If an injury has already occurred and it's believed to have been caused by product defect, justice may be sought by filing a products liability claim in a civil court.

More than one party can be held legally accountable for the damage a defective product has caused. Anyone along the manufacturing, sales and distribution chain may face financial responsibility for knowingly placing a dangerous product into the hands of consumers. Anyone in Texas seeking answers to questions regarding product liability may request a meeting with an experienced products liability attorney.

Source: The Washington Post, "Can treated wood decks rot? You betcha.", Tim Carter, Aug. 8, 2017

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