On most days, we, as consumers, interact with or otherwise use countless different products. Usually, there is no perceived danger in doing so. You use your toothbrush to brush your teeth, get in your car to go to work, and drink out of a water bottle throughout the day. The thought of one of those products injuring you probably seldom crosses your mind. That is, of course, until the product you expected you could use safely injures you in one way or another. Maybe your water bottle is leaching toxic chemicals into your water, or maybe the brake pads you just had installed on your car are defective. Either way, the injury typically happens when we least expect it. Luckily, we have rules that hold parties liable for injuries their products cause. This area of law is known as “product liability” law.
If you were injured by a defective product in Georgia and Alabama, you can claim damages from the responsible party. To do so, the first step you should take is to contact an Atlanta product liability attorney as soon as possible. Your Atlanta and Mobile product liability lawyer will help you assess your claim, identify the responsible party, and advocate for you as you seek compensation for your injuries. Foster Law LLC’s product liability lawyers in Atlanta, GA, put together this guide to help introduce you to the rules surrounding product liability in Georgia.
EXAMPLES OF DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
There are literally thousands of potentially defective products on the market in the US. That said, here are a few examples of the ones we can help with:
- 3M Combat Arms Earplug
- Caterpillar Skid Steer
- J&J Sunscreen
- Philips CPAP Machine
- Roundup Weed Killer / Glyphosate
- Talcum Powder
If you don’t see your defective product on the list, no need to worry—we can likely still help. First be sure to also check out our dangerous drug and defective device pages. Either way, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta and Mobile product liability attorney.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A VALID PRODUCT INJURY CLAIM?
When you are considering whether you have a valid product injury claim, there are a few different elements to look at. Generally, to hold someone liable for a product injury, you need to demonstrate the following elements:
- That you suffered real damages;
- Those damages were caused by a defective product;
- You used the product as intended; and
- The defect in the product arises from either:
- The way the product was manufactured,
- The product’s design, or
- Inadequate warnings or instructions on how to use the product.
If the circumstances surrounding your product injury meet these qualifications, you likely have a valid product liability claim. Please keep in mind that you should always seek an assessment of your claim from a product liability attorney before initiating any legal action.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO PROVE NEGLIGENCE IN PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIMS
You may notice something a bit different about product liability claims. Unlike most other personal injury claims, a civil action for product liability does not have a negligence requirement. For most torts, a claimant needs to show that a defendant acted negligently. Their negligence should be the primary cause of the injury and subsequent damage. Product liability claims do not have this negligence requirement.
CONTACT A PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEY IN ATLANTA, GA AND MOBILE, AL
Foster Law LLC’s product liability lawyers in Mobile, AL are standing by to help you get the compensation you deserve. Your injury is no fault of your own, so it is wrong for you to have to pay for it yourself. Instead, you can take advantage of the laws designed to protect you and hold the responsible party accountable.
Holding defective products manufacturers isn’t just important for you, it is important for all consumers. For a manufacturer to correct a defect, they must first be made aware of the defect. Only then can they correct the issue at hand. Thus, seeking compensation for your product liability injury doesn’t just help you, it helps consumers everywhere.
Our team at Foster Law LLC, values our clients above all else. We strive to build positive working relationships with all of our clients so that we can give them the best legal services available in the Atlanta and Mobile metro area. Call us today for a consultation to see if we are a good fit for your needs.