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GEORGIA PERSONAL INJURY AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

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Atlanta Product Liability Lawyer

Everyone involved in the manufacture, distribution, and retail of a product must exercise reasonable care and take steps to prevent consumer injury. Unfortunately, Americans regularly suffer harm from using defective products. If you recently sustained injuries or property damage from using a defective product, you may be able to file a claim against the parties responsible and gain compensation for the harm you suffered. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. can file a product liability claim on your behalf and help you gain financial recourse for your losses. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.

What Is Product Liability?

The laws of product liability hold that anyone involved in creating or selling products must take steps to prevent injuries. There are three main types of product liability claims:

Flaws in Design

The first type of product liability claim arises when someone sustains injury due to an inherent flaw in the product. This affects an entire line of products, not just a sample and can result in a large number of defective products. An example might be a tea kettle manufactured with a steam valve that increases the likelihood of scalding injuries.

Manufacturing Defects

Perhaps the most common type of product defect, these occur when something goes wrong in the manufacturing process. The defect does not affect a whole line, but only a batch or sampling of products. A common example might be a batch of baby food tainted with E. coli.

Failure to Warn

Lastly, manufacturers must provide adequate instructions that tell a consumer how to properly use a product. They must also provide warnings about any safety hazard. A product liability claim may arise when a cleaning company fails to disclose the inherent risks of using one of their chemical solutions, for example.

The Elements of a Product Liability Claim

If you sustained injuries while using a defective or inadequately explained product, you may be able to file a claim with the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer.

The following elements apply to a product liability claim under Title 51, Chapter 1 of the Georgia Code:

  • The product was defective, under one of the principles outlined above.
  • You suffered harm as the result of using the product – for example, you sustained injuries and/or property damage directly resulting from the product defect.
  • You were using the product as intended – and heeded any safety warning included in the product packaging.

Product liability claims fall under the heading of “strict liability.” This means you do not have to prove the manufacturer knew the product was dangerous or defective. You only need to show the product was defective, and that you incurred damages as the direct result of this defect.

Your Georgia Product Liability Attorney

If you suffered serious injury while using a defective product, a claim against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer can help you hold the negligent party accountable. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. can help you obtain a settlement or court judgment compensates you for your medical bills, property damage, and intangible losses such as pain and suffering. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation today.