Product Liability Attorneys on the Gulf Coast and Georgia
Product liability laws are designed to hold business owners, manufacturers, and sellers accountable for making and selling safe and protected products. In the United States, most states have consumer protection laws. These laws are meant to protect against manufacturers who sell products that may be defective, faulty, or hazardous. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may have rights afforded to you to recover for your loss from the party providing the product. The parties liable to you may include, but are not limited to, the manufacturer, distributor, supplier, retailer, and potentially others who have made the product available to the public, depending on applicable law.
What Is Product Liability?
When a manufacturer places a product on the open market, they are held liable for many aspects related to their product. Product liability can vary from state to state. Generally, all parties involved in the distribution chain of a product – from the product manufacturer to the store selling the product to a consumer – can potentially be held liable for the defective product. If an individual is injured by a defect in the product, they may have a claim against any one of the liable parties involved in manufacturing and distributing the product.
Although there isn’t a federal product liability law, each state has its own set of statutes that contain rules about warranty, negligence, and strict liability involving product manufacturing and distribution. In the past, the person who purchased the product and was adversely affected was the only one able to sue for restitution. However, the laws regarding product liability have expanded to further protect consumers. Today, most states allow any individual who could have been potentially injured by the distributed defective product to file a claim.
Common Product Liability Claims
The most common types of product liability cases fall into three categories:
- Defective manufacture – There was an error in how one of the products was made, typically in the assembling process at the factory.
- Defective design – Product designs that are inherently flawed in their design prior to manufacturing, creating a hazardous product.
- Defective marketing – The product is improperly labeled or failed to include adequate safety warnings or instructions for proper use.
In all cases, the plaintiff will need to prove that the product was defective and that it caused injury.
Even if you can’t find any information about a particular product that you believe may be responsible for a personal injury, you should still consult a personal liability attorney, as you or a loved one may be the first to step forward to take action against a defective product. Therefore, if you believe that you have a claim based on any of the following, you should contact our firm to discuss the specifics of your case:
- Faulty medical devices (e.g. hip implants and transvaginal mesh)
- Bad drugs
- Unsafe motor vehicles
- Unsafe industrial and agricultural equipment
- Defective products intended for children
- Dangerous chemicals and hazardous materials
Things to Consider When Filing a Product Liability Claim
Often, one of the most important aspects of a product liability claim is, of course, the product itself and how it is handled after it causes injury. Correctly applying the concept of preservation of evidence is often the key to successfully resolving these kinds of cases. Put simply, preservation of evidence entails acquiring and handling the allegedly defective product in a manner that will allow that specific product to be used as future evidence in your case. Often, without proper preservation, a product liability case fails for lack of proof. Therefore, if you believe you have a viable claim, you should immediately preserve the product in question and all of its component parts, packaging, accessories, etc., in the condition they were in at the time the product caused your injury.
If you believe you have a products liability claim against a car manufacturer, don’t allow your insurance company (or any other company) to take title to or destroy the vehicle in question. If you are injured as a result of an appliance malfunctioning, do not throw it away. In the unfortunate event you are hurt as a result of a defective drug or medical device, do everything in your power to acquire and safely store the actual drugs you were given (e.g. pills, tablets, pill bottle, etc.) or the device that was implanted inside of you. Maintaining these items can be essential to the success or failure of a product liability case.
Why Choose Us?
As with other areas of the law, product liability law is complicated and jurisdictionally specific. Therefore, it is critical that you retain an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer to handle your product liability claim. The lawyers of Alexander Shunnarah & Associates commonly handle product liability matters and welcome the opportunity to handle your case.
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