Defective Product Lawyers Can Help You Get Compensation
When you use a product as intended but you are injured due to a defect in the product, an Atlanta product liability lawyer can help you get compensation for your losses, such as medical bills, lost income from work, property damage, and your pain and suffering.
Manufacturers are supposed to ensure that their products are safe when used correctly, and if the product has some inherent danger, clear warnings should be provided. If they fail to do so and you or a loved one has suffered injury or someone has died as a result, the manufacturer, designer, distributor, or salesperson of the product can be held liable.
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
Even if your case isn’t listed above, you can still reach out to our firm to learn more.
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.
Essentially, it is often in a manufacturer’s best interest to make products that will eventually need to be repaired or replaced.
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.
Our Atlanta Defective Product Lawyers Know How to Help You
Georgia product liability laws are complicated, but the experienced Atlanta defective product lawyers at the Stoddard Firm can take the burden off you and handle all the legal hurdles involved in getting your justice and the compensation you deserve from insurance or through a product liability lawsuit.
To win your case, our product liability lawyers must prove that the product was defective and that this led to your injuries. This means showing 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. Our team takes on large companies to get you justice. Call us today at 470-467-2200.
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.
Steps in a Product Liability Case
The process of a product liability case involves several steps, so you should act quickly to start the process of getting the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died from a defective product, call the Atlanta product liability lawyers at the Stoddard Firm as soon as you are aware of the problem. According to Georgia code title 9/chapter 3/3/9-3-33, there is a statute of limitations deadline that is generally two years for filing a personal injury case, and there is a four year deadline for filing property damage cases. If you do not file within these time limits, the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case. In addition, our product liability legal team will need time to investigate what happened, gather evidence, interview witnesses, find all liable parties, negotiate with insurance companies, and build your case and take it to court if necessary to fight for the settlement you 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.
Tell us about your concern and request a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
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Call Our Product Liability Lawyers for Help
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.