Were You Seriously Injured By A Dangerous And Defective Product?
Are the products you purchase safe? Most of the time, they are, and it would be tempting to assume that this is always the case. Unfortunately, product safety is not something we can take for granted. Each year, a significant number of Americans are seriously injured or even killed by products that are dangerous and defective.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one due to a product defect, Our attorneys at Athens Injury Law are ready to help you seek accountability and compensation from all liable parties. We have nearly 50 years of combined legal experience and a strong track record of success on behalf of clients, both in and out of the courtroom.
Three Basic Categories Of Product Defects
Although each defective product has its own unique problems, the ways in which a product can be defective generally fall into three categories. They include:
A defect in design: Something in the design of the product is problematic, meaning that all copies of the product will be defective.
A defect in manufacturing: The design may be sound, but there was an issue with the way a product was manufactured. This could be a problem with the raw materials used or how they were constructed. A manufacturing defect could be widespread or limited to a specific “batch” or “run” of the product.
Failure to warn and instruct: Some products are inherently dangerous, and people know this when buying them. But for any product with nonobvious dangers that may arise from the normal use of the product, the manufacturer has a duty to include any necessary warnings or instructions to prevent injuries. Failure to warn could expose the company to liability for injuries or deaths that occur.
Georgia’s Product Liability Laws
Our laws in Georgia are more favorable to consumers than those in some other states. It is often not necessary to prove that the manufacturer was negligent, so long as you can establish the following elements:
- The product was being used as intended/directed
- The product was in the same basic condition as when the manufacturer had control of it
- A defect in the product existed at the time of the injury or death
- The product defect was the cause of the injury or death
Meeting these criteria is not always easy. It is wise to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer like those at our firm. We have an in-depth understanding of Georgia laws and we prepare each case as though it will be going to trial. We take the time to gather all necessary evidence and craft a compelling narrative for why you deserve compensation.
You generally only have two years from the date of injury to pursue a product liability claim, so it is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as reasonably possible.
Learn About Your Legal Options In A Free Consultation
If you or someone you love was harmed by a dangerous product, our attorneys at Athens Injury Law want to hear your story. We offer free initial consultations to make it easy to explore your legal options. Call us at 706-940-7889 or reach out online to get started.