Georgia Product Liability Attorneys
Consumers have a right to certain expectations when using a product. These expectations are violated when manufacturers employ dangerous designs, fail to test for product weaknesses or defects, construct products with unsafe materials, or market products without effective warnings. If a defective or malfunctioning product seriously injures you or tragically kills a loved one, the Stoddard Firm can help.
We have handled product liability claims and achieved significant results for our clients. It is our experience that the most successful claims are ones filed promptly after an injury occurs. We encourage you to reach out to the Stoddard Firm as soon as you can, so we can discuss the details of your case.
Product Liability Cases We Handle
While we are happy to speak with you about any potential product liability case, our firm focuses on cases involving:
- Electrical Hand Tools — such as voltmeters / multimeters, saws, and drills
- Kitchen Appliances — such as ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers
- Household Products — such as space heaters and propane tanks
- Industrial Machines used in factories
- Children’s Toys
We offer free consultations so that you can gain a clearer understanding of how these cases work and what we might be able to do to assist you and your loved ones.
Today’s Products Aren’t Necessarily Designed for Longevity
Manufacturers know that if they design a product that lasts a lifetime, there will be no need for a consumer to purchase that same product again. This was one of the “innovative” ideas that General Motors had in the 1920s, which is now referred to as planned obsolescence. The idea was that once cars became obsolete – either because of advances in technology or because products weren’t made to last as long as they could – there would be more incentive for customers to keep returning to the well and buying vehicles.
However, it’s not necessarily intentional planning, but rather negligence, that contributes to defective product-related injuries. Companies of all kinds make products that can pose a threat to consumers, and they are often held accountable only after that product has caused many consumers harm.
How Defective Products Reach Consumers
Companies are constantly unveiling new products onto the market. While there are certain standards these products are supposed to meet, there is simply not enough oversight to inspect every product. There are not enough inspectors to determine whether every item is safe for consumers. Safety advocates also point out that our current laws give far too much leeway to manufacturers in policing themselves.
We see evidence of these institutional shortcomings constantly in the news. From dangerous Takata airbags to exploding lithium ion batteries to defective medical devices, consumers are regularly learning of new dangers that are dormant in the products they purchase. Many of these products are scrutinized and recalled only after damage has been done and consumers have suffered harm because of a defect.
Combatting the Interests of Manufacturers
To make matters worse for consumers, the companies that make and sell defective products are often large corporations with public relations teams that limit their fallout and, more importantly, large legal teams that take every step possible to smother litigation against the company. For a consumer who uses the legal system to file a product liability claim against these powerful companies, this situation can be an uphill battle.
These cases can be intimidating, but they are not a lost cause. A skilled, experienced, well-funded product liability attorney has the resources to stand up for their client and get results. At the Stoddard Firm, we know how important these cases are for our clients, and we can fight for their rights to make sure they get the compensation they deserve.
Are You Interested in Filing a Product Liability Claim?
When a product causes you serious injury, there are a couple of things to remember. First, it is best to seek immediate treatment for your injuries and keep records of any costs or treatments you experience following an incident with a defective product. Second, if possible, keep the faulty item in your possession and contact a product liability attorney as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, many product liability claims are lost before a lawyer is even contacted because someone destroys or throws away the product at issue. If you believe a defective product caused your injury, it is imperative that you do everything in your power to ensure that the product involved is preserved and not altered until a lawyer has an opportunity to investigate.
If you believe a defective product contributed to a serious injury or death of a loved one, please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss what is necessary to achieve a favorable result. It never hurts to have more information, and reaching out to us is free.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do your services cost?
A consultation with the Stoddard Law Firm is free. In most circumstances, we earn no fee unless we win your case. If your claim is successful, we take a percentage of the recovered amount.
Do I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Many wrongful death and personal injury cases are settled before they go to court. However, it is our experience that the most successful cases are built as if they are going to court. Our firm prepares every case to go all the way to trial, even if it is ultimately resolved before the trial starts.
How do I pick the right attorney?
You’ll want to look for several qualities when choosing who will represent you. Your attorney should meet with you instead of sending an investigator, and he/she should be available throughout the process instead of having you consistently talk to a legal assistant. Your attorney should have a low number of cases so he/she can devote significant time to you and your case. Your attorney should have experience handling cases with facts similar to yours, and your attorney should have a proven track record with similar claims. Your attorney should also be able to devote significant money to your case so that he/she can hire experts, travel the country finding witnesses, and depose whomever is necessary to achieve justice. It’s also important to make sure your attorney is the right fit on a personal level, which is why you should take advantage of a free consultation.
What do I need to bring with me to the consultation?
For your free consultation, bring all relevant documents that you’ve collected regarding your case. If there are police reports, bills or correspondence from insurance companies, you’ll want to bring those items to the consultation so an attorney can learn as much about your case as possible.
How much is my case worth?
There’s no way for us to know how much your case is worth until we hear the details of your case. Be wary of any lawyer who gives you an amount without first evaluating your case. After evaluating the facts, an attorney should be able to determine how much to seek in damages, i.e., the amount of compensation you are owed for your injuries.
What is products liability?
Companies that make and sell products have a responsibility to make sure that those products perform as intended. If a defective product causes harm to consumers, any entity in the distribution chain can be held liable. Products liability is a type of personal injury caused by the negligence, recklessness, or inaction of the product manufacturer.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Cases involving dangerous or defective products are complex and expensive. Attorneys have the experience, resources, and network of experts and investigators to gather all the facts, analyze the law, and successfully pursue your claim. By consulting with a products liability lawyer, you can make decisions from a position of strength. This is especially critical where defective products are concerned, because manufacturers and sellers typically have teams of lawyers who begin immediately looking for ways to minimize liability once a problem arises.
If I no longer have the product that injured me, do I still have a case?
Potentially. Although it is important to preserve the product in the condition it was in when it caused the injury, not having it does not automatically prevent you from making a successful claim. Consult a qualified products liability attorney who can examine your circumstances and advise you how best to proceed.
If I think I have been injured by a defective product, what should I do next?
If the injury is serious, seek medical attention. Save all medical records related to the diagnosis and treatment as well as any purchase documents, receipts, and manuals for the product. Don’t throw the product away or alter it. Have the scene of the incident preserved. Consult an experienced products liability attorney immediately to find out your legal options.