A Product Liability Lawyer can help you get compensation for your losses
Have you suffered an injury when using a product due to a defect? If so, an Atlanta product liability lawyer can help you get compensation for your losses including medical bills, lost income from work, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their products when used correctly or misused in a reasonably foreseeable way. In those cases where the product has some inherent danger, the manufacturer should attempt to remove the danger, guard against the danger if removal is impossible, and always provide clear warnings of that danger. If manufacturers fail to follow these rules, and you or a loved suffers or someone dies, the manufacturer, designer, distributor, or salesperson of the product can often be held liable.
Experienced Legal Representation Can Help Maximize Your Settlement
Injuries due to faulty products can be costly. The combination of medical expenses, lost wages and impact on your life can be considerable — in many instances, life changing. While manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their products, holding them liable can be challenging.
These organizations have vast resources, and you can find yourself up against corporations with fully-staffed legal departments and insurance companies with deep pockets. Time and time again, they offer lowball settlements and delay legal proceedings to convince you to accept settlements lower than those to which you are entitled. Many people simply walk away with nothing.
You do not want to embark on the legal process alone. As a layperson, you simply don’t have the knowledge, experience and time necessary to successfully manage a product liability lawsuit. This is where The Stoddard Firm can help. Consider what we bring to your case:
Experience: We are led by Attorney Matt Stoddard, a seasoned legal professional who graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School and who also holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Stoddard also spent time studying at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He leads a team of professionals well-versed in product liability and personal injury law in Atlanta.
Knowledge: Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Stoddard worked defending corporations. Thus, he knows how these organizations and insurance companies operate when fighting defective product claims, and he leverages this knowledge on behalf of his clients.
Proven Success: You want to work with an Atlanta product liability attorney who has a history of winning cases like yours. Mr. Stoddard has won several significant awards for his clients, including an almost $16 million verdict for a man hurt by defective fireworks and multiple multi-million dollar product liability settlements. His trials have been featured on the Courtroom Viewing Network, and he is in high demand as an interview subject for print, internet, and television news networks.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a defective product, contact The Stoddard Firm immediately for a free consultation at 470-467-2200.
What The Stoddard Firm Can Do for You
Our Product Liability Lawyer Knows How to Help You
Injuries from a defective product are a big deal. Those hurt, and their families, face costly medical care, potential lost wages, and very real emotional harm.
When your injuries were the result of the negligence of an organization affiliated with a defective product, they should be held responsible.
Looking ahead, managing a lawsuit is a lot of work, but when you engage The Stoddard Firm to represent you, you can rest assured that we will handle the legal process on your behalf. We will:
Actively listen to your story, paying attention to all of the details
Thoroughly investigate your accident including interviewing any witnesses and reviewing all medical records
Fully research past issues with the product and the manufacturers’ responses
Carefully complete and submit all legal documents in accordance with the statute of limitations in Georgia (generally two years for personal injury and wrongful death)
Accurately calculate the totality of your damages, taking special care to account for medical and care costs that extend into the future
Regularly communicate on your behalf with other attorneys and insurance representatives
Compassionately answer your questions and quickly address your needs
Skillfully negotiate with attorneys and insurance companies to maximize your settlement
Aggressively litigate, if necessary, to ensure your story is heard and your settlement is appropriate.
At The Stoddard Firm, we care about the outcome of each case, and we treat every client as an individual. We have a reputation for providing responsive, high-quality service, and we are ready to go to work for you today.
Defective Product Injuries Are a Common Problem
How These Products Reach Consumers
Companies constantly introduce new products. While there are certain standards these products are supposed to meet, the oversight to inspect each one is not available. There are not enough inspectors to determine whether every item is safe for consumers. Safety advocates also say that our current laws give far too much leeway to manufacturers in policing themselves.
Defective product stories are a regular occurrence. From dangerous Takata airbags to exploding lithium-ion batteries to defective medical devices, consumers constantly learn 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.
Important Considerations in a Product Liability Case
Steps You Should Take
While there may have been nothing you could have done to prevent your injury from a defective product, there are certain things you can do that will be helpful in proving your case.
First, seek immediate medical treatment. Your health and well-being must always be your priority. It is important to keep careful records of your injuries, physician visits, costs, and how you feel following an incident caused by a defective product. These notes provide valuable information to your Atlanta product liability lawyer and can help to substantiate the damages you claim.
Second, if possible keep the faulty item in your possession. 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 suspect 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.
Finally, contact a product liability attorney as soon as possible. Time is incredibly valuable, don’t wait to secure legal representation. The product liability lawyers at The Stoddard Firm appreciate your urgency and are available to schedule a free consultation immediately.
We Know What to Prove and How to Prove it
Product liability cases are challenging. In order to win your case our product liability lawyers must prove that the product was defective and that this led to your injuries. Specifically, we must show that:
The product was defective at the time the injury occurred.
The product was in the same condition as it was when it left the defendant’s control.
You used the product as intended or in a way that was reasonably foreseeable to the defendant.
The defect caused you harm.
In Georgia, you can bring a product liability case for:
Defective design – where there is something in the design of the product that is unreasonably dangerous
Defective manufacturing – where the product was designed to be safe, but something went wrong during the manufacturing process
Duty to warn – where there was failure to warn of foreseeable dangers arising from the normal use of its product.
Talk to our defective products lawyer for help today. We know how to address large companies on behalf of our clients.
Product Liability Frequently Asked Questions
Our Atlanta Product Liability Lawyers Address Your Concerns
It is not unusual to have questions regarding a product liability case. The process can be intimidating and is confusing. Below we have shared some of the most common questions asked of our product liability attorneys.
Can I Seek Compensation if I Bought a Product Used or at a Discount?
Yes, you can seek relief if you used the product correctly and the defect and your injuries are due to the company’s negligence. Selling products at a discount or purchasing from a third party does not relieve companies of their safety responsibilities.
Should I Get Rid of the Defective Product for Safety Reasons?
No. While your first instinct after being harmed by a defective product may be to protect yourself and your family by throwing it away, please don’t. This can hurt your case. Instead, keep the product in a safe area where no one can use it and contact our product liability attorneys immediately.
Will My Product Liability Case Go to Court?
As your defective product attorney, our goal is to negotiate and settle with the company and their insurance company to get you fair compensation for the injuries you sustained. If they are unwilling to offer a fair settlement, we will represent you in court and fight tenaciously on your behalf.
How Do I Know if a Defective Product Caused My Injuries?
This can be challenging. if you suffered harm, contact our product liability attorneys immediately so that we can begin an investigation that might identify other cases related to that product. We will consult with experts who can give you a determination.
Is a Lack of Warnings About How to Safely Use a Product Enough To Bring A Claim?
Manufacturers have a duty to warn you about potential dangers associated with their products. These warnings have to be straightforward and easy to find. In short, you may have a case if you were unaware of potential hazards.
What if the Product That Harmed Me Belonged to Someone Else or Was a Gift?
Don’t worry. You can bring a claim for personal damages or wrongful death if you were harmed by a product you did not buy yourself. The manufacturer is liable to people who use their products, not just those who purchase them.
Product liability cases can be very complex, and you may have additional questions as your case progresses. Our product liability attorneys pride themselves on being your partners against big corporations and easing your mind by addressing any concerns you have. Reach out to The Stoddard Firm today for a free consultation at 470-467-2200 or contact us online.
The Stoddard Firm Is Ready to Help You
Product Liability Cases We Handle
Our team is well-versed in Atlanta law surrounding product liability and personal injury. While we are happy to speak with you about any potential product liability case, our firm focuses on cases involving:
Industrial Machines used in factories
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
Even if your case isn’t listed above, you can still reach out to our firm to learn more.
Contact Our Atlanta Product Liability Lawyer Today
Accidents involving defective products can be traumatizing; they can result in serious injury or even death. The aftermath of these incidents is overwhelming. At The Stoddard Firm we pride ourselves on managing the entire legal process from beginning to end, allowing our clients to focus on their recovery.
That said, they are never kept in the dark.
We communicate emphatically, clearly and regularly regarding progress on the case and always welcome questions.
We are always available to explain issues that may arise. Our product liability attorneys know what to do and how to do it.
Additionally, 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. Contact us today at 470-467-2200.
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Attorney Matt Stoddard
Matt Stoddard is a professional, hardworking, ethical advocate. He routinely faces some of the nation’s largest companies and some of the world’s largest insurers – opponents who have virtually unlimited resources. In these circumstances, Mr. Stoddard is comfortable. Mr. Stoddard provides his strongest efforts to his clients, and he devotes the firm’s significant financial resources to presenting the strongest case possible on their behalf. Matt understands that his clients must put their trust in him. That trust creates an obligation for Matt to work tirelessly on their behalf, and Matt Stoddard does not take that obligation lightly. [ Attorney Bio ]
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Matt Stoddard, the founder of the Stoddard Firm, worked for years defending the world’s largest appliance manufacturers in serious injury and wrongful death product liability cases. As a result, he knows how companies and their insurers operate and how to deal with them to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. Our firm will take the time to carefully examine the details of your case, uncover the truth behind what happened, and ensure that you are justly compensated for your losses.