People use products every day in Stonecrest that are safe to use. However, some products contain defects or unsafe designs that make them dangerous. If a hazardous product injured you or a loved one, you might have a product liability claim.
Our Stonecrest product liability lawyers can help. We know how to build a claim or lawsuit for compensation. Contact us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation.
We do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 today for a free consultation and case review. You can also fill out one of our online contact forms.
Common Types of Product Defects
There are many ways a product can become defective. Here are some of the most common examples of product liability claims.
Design flaws are about how the manufacturer created a product. When one product has design defects, it means the whole line of products was affected. For example, a line of cars might have a design defect that increases the risk of accidents.
Designers and manufacturers must be careful when creating products. Any designs should be tested and safe for consumers. If that doesn’t happen, it could mean a liability case.
Manufacturing defects are errors in the manufacturing process. The defective product is usually different from others in the line. Most of the time, only one or a few products contain these defects.
Manufacturing defects can lead to accidents. Since the defect is rare, the consumer won’t know that there is a risk of harm.
Failure to Warn
Some products come with dangers, even if they are not defective or poorly-designed. If a product has dangers, the company should let consumers know with a warning. Users should understand any risks of using a product.
Medications, appliances, and other products might be dangerous in some situations. Manufacturers should include warnings with the products. If they don’t, the user might suffer serious injuries.
If you were injured in any of these situations, our Stonecrest product liability lawyers can help. We know how to build strong claims to seek compensation. To learn more, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
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Examples of Defective Products
Any product might contain defects that can cause injuries. However, some products have higher risks of issues. We have seen harmful defects in products like:
- Children’s toys
- Medical devices
- Kitchen or bathroom appliances
- Vehicle parts
- Electrical devices
- Cars, trucks, and SUVs
Top-heavy cars might increase the risk of rollovers. Sometimes, a defective design can mean a product liability claim.
The above are just a few examples. If you suspect a defective product injured you, don’t wait to call a lawyer. You might deserve compensation for your injury costs.
Proving Liability After a Product Injury
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-11, a product manufacturer could be liable for any damages from a product. You do not need to prove a relationship between you and the manufacturer. Anyone who consumes, uses, or is affected by a defective product might deserve compensation.
Defective product cases are based on strict liability. Strict liability means you do not have to prove fault. You do need to prove that:
- You’re bringing a claim against the product’s manufacturer.
- The produce contained defects when it left the manufacturer.
- The product’s defect caused your injuries.
Product liability cases can be more straightforward than personal injury cases. However, you’re going up against a large company and their insurance. You will probably need help from a Stonecrest product liability lawyer.
What to Do After a Product Has Injured You
Defective products can cause a lot of harm. Your injuries might lead to damages like:
- The costs of your medical treatment
- Prescription medication costs
- Lost income from having to miss work time
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and other emotional injuries
After the injury, you will need to build a case. Here are some steps you can take to do that.
Don’t Get Rid of the Product
First, be careful to save the product. Avoiding throwing it out, but do not cause yourself further harm either. If you still have a receipt or bank statement from buying the product, save that too.
Your lawyer can have an expert examine the product for all defects. You can also determine where and how the defect started.
Keep Track of Your Losses
Defective products can affect your life in many ways. You might need long-term medical care for your injuries. While you get treatment, you may need to miss work time.
An injury can also affect your ability to work as you could before. At the same time, you could have emotional “injuries” like anxiety or trauma. Using a defective product might cause fear around using similar products, such as cars.
Talk to a Lawyer Immediately
Product liability claims are complicated and lengthy. It’s best to schedule a consultation with a lawyer very soon. Bring any documentation of the defective product and your injuries to the meeting. You and your lawyer can discuss the details and how to get started.
There are limits on how long you have to bring a case. Your lawyer can make sure you file within the deadline, which varies based on your injury details.
Talk to a Stonecrest Product Liability Lawyer Today
Defective products can occur at any time. If you were injured because of a design or manufacturing defect, you have rights. The manufacturer, seller, or someone else might be responsible.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Our team works on contingency, which means:
- There are no upfront fees.
- We don’t get paid unless we win you money.
- Our fee is simply a percentage of what you win—and you keep the rest.
With over 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to win cases. We have grown to one of Georgia’s largest injury law firms, and each case is personal for us.
To schedule a FREE consultation today, call or reach out online. Call (404) 400-4000 or fill out one of our online contact forms.