From consumer goods, to vehicles, to industrial equipment, Mithoff Law has extensive experience in investigating and pursuing product liability claims. These claims can involve defects in design, manufacture, or a failure to warn of foreseeable hazards, and often involve serious injury or death. We also have experience investigating or pursuing claims involving nonmanufacturing sellers, who may have contributed to the product defect or injury. The manufacturer or seller of a defective product may be responsible for an injury to buyers, users or, in certain cases, innocent bystanders. We hire knowledgeable experts to assist us in finding the root, system, or systemic cause of the failure or design.
Settlements have included agreements with manufacturers to change or modify defective products, making them safer and keeping the general public safer.
Recent examples of the type of work Mithoff Law does:
Mithoff Law represents a motorist who sustained severe injuries, including paraplegia, as a result of a rollover of a Nissan Titan pickup that was driving along a stretch of state highway under construction. The roadway in question was under excavation, and had an unmarked substantial drop-off into dirt, gravel, and/or caliche. Plaintiff alleges that certain roadway contractors were negligent with respect to their operations on or near the roadway. Plaintiff also alleges that the Nissan Titan pickup in question was defective and unreasonably dangerous, due in part to a lack of electronic stability control. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiff.
Mithoff Law represents the wrongful death beneficiaries of a helicopter pilot killed by the crash of a helicopter equipped with a Rolls-Royce 250-C30P turbine engine. Plaintiffs allege that defendants that performed maintenance on the helicopter did so negligently, causing the crash. In addition, Plaintiffs allege that the Rolls-Royce turbine engine was defectively designed and manufactured, and that Rolls-Royce failed to provide adequate instructions and warnings with respect to maintenance of the engine. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Joe Alexander, and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represents a motorist who sustained serious and permanent injuries, including paraplegia, when the motorist’s Nissan Titan truck rolled over during the course of driving along a roadway that was under construction, where the roadway surface had been excavated with a drop-off into dirt and/or gravel. Plaintiff has asserted negligence claims against the roadway contractor, SMC Builders, Inc., and the Texas Department of Transportation, and has asserted design, manufacturing, marketing, stability, handling, instruction, and warning product defect claims against Nissan. The suit is presently pending in state district court in Travis County,Texas. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, Joseph R. Alexander, Jr., and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiff.
Mithoff Law represented the family members and rider of a Trek mountain bike, which experienced a separation of its front wheel while being ridden. The rider of the bicycle was pitched forward from his bicycle and suffered serious spinal injuries, including quadriplegia, as a result. Plaintiffs alleged that the bicycle—including component parts thereof, such as the quick-release skewer that attached the front wheel to the bicycle’s front fork—was defectively designed, manufactured, and marketed. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Joe Alexander and Warner Hocker represented the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represented the occupants of a Chrysler minivan that was involved in a frontal offset collision with another vehicle at highway speeds. Some of the minivan occupants were killed as a result of the collision, and other occupants suffered serious injuries, including paraplegia. Plaintiffs alleged that the minivan—including structural components and component parts such as the safety cage, seats, and seat-belts—was defectively designed, thereby affecting the vehicle’s crashworthiness. Plaintiffs also alleged that the driver of the other vehicle was negligent with respect to the operation of that vehicle. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Sherie Beckman represented the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represented the family of a pilot who was killed when his single-engine Pilatus PC-12/NG turboprop aircraft crashed during final approach. Plaintiffs alleged that the aircraft manufacturer and avionics manufacturer defectively designed the aircraft and its avionics, thereby causing the crash. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Joe Alexander, and Warner Hocker represented the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represented the surviving family members of two passengers aboard Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 aircraft that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all aboard. Plaintiffs asserted negligence claims against Air France, and claims for damages pursuant to the Montreal Convention. Plaintiffs also asserted negligence and design defect claims against Airbus and various avionics manufacturers. The lawsuit was resolved prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, and Joe Alexander represented the Plaintiffs.
Mithoff Law represented the wrongful death beneficiaries of an offshore rig worker who was killed when a Sikorsky helicopter transporting him to an offshore rig crashed offshore in Louisiana. Plaintiffs asserted negligence claims against the owner and operator of the helicopter, PHI, and design defect claims against the manufacturer of the helicopter, Sikorsky. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, and Joe Alexander represented the Plaintiffs.
Representative Cases in the News
- Trek Recalls 1M bikes for Safety Issue
- Mauricio v Silorsky Helicopters
The latest lawsuit filed after a January oilfield helicopter crash in a Terrebonne marsh killed eight people alleges that a replacement windshield and the negligence of the aircraft's owner and manufacturer are to blame.
- Tovar v Toyota Motors
In December, emergency crews arrived in Simonton to find Charles Tovar's 2005 Toyota Prius in a ditch. Family claims the airbags designed to keep their son safe failed. He was only 19 years old.
Tobacco case -- column by Chronicle's Rick Casey
- Moore v United Crane
Texas has had a law on the books since 1989 requiring cranes to have insulators that prevent deaths from contact with power lines.
- Tripp v Sears Roebuck & Co.
A Texas jury awarded a substantial verdict to the family of a man who died in a rollover accident when a tire on the SUV in which he was riding blew out.
- Sulzer Medica
The medical manufacturer that recalled 40,000 faulty artificial hips in December 2000 -- thousands already implanted in patients -- has agreed to pay a monetary settlement.
- Taylor v Parker Hannefin
Vacuum pumps, which power cockpit instruments on small airplanes, have contributed to at least 82 deaths in 36 crashes since 1980, including a 1998 crash in New Orleans that killed three Denton /County resients, safety reports indicate.
- Liability of Silence: A Houston Attorney Leading the Charge Against Ford and Firestone Knew There Was a Problem, But Couldn't TalkTrahan v Ford motor Co. and Bridgestone-Firestone
Beating big corporations with big verdicts made Richard Mithoff one of the country's best-known product-liability attorneys.
- Star Lawyer to Aid County in Quest for Tobacco, Funds New Tobacco Deal Would Aid Counties
The tobacco industry will pay Texas' 254 counties for health care costs associated with smoking under a tentative agreement reached between negotiators for the counties and state lawmakers.
- Hall v Hoffman-LaRoche
The manufacturer of the acne drug Accutane has agreed to pay a 9-year-old boy and his mother an unspecified amount to settle a lawsuit that alleged the drug caused the child to be born with several deformities.
- OR hose explodes contaminating surgery
A doctor was undergoing back surgery at Covenant Health System when a hose from operating room equipment exploded and her surgical wound was contaminated with foreign particles. She developed sepsis and permanent and severe neurologic injuries. Confidential settlement.