When you purchase a product, you typically assume it will function as intended: that you will use the product safely, without it causing injury, as long as you stay within the manufacturer’s guidelines for its use.

Unfortunately, it does not always work that way.

Sometimes, defective products cause serious injuries that can leave you struggling with long-term impacts on your health, your physical abilities, and even your ability to continue to work.

Did you suffer serious injuries in a defective product accident? The Champion Firm can help. Contact us today at (404) 596-8044 to schedule your free consultation today.

Is The Champion Firm Right for You?

When you have serious injuries due to a defective product, you want to know that you have chosen an effective, experienced attorney who will help you file your claim and recover the compensation you deserve. At The Champion Firm, we have extensive experience in a variety of personal injury cases. Our past results speak for themselves. While past results cannot guarantee future compensation for our clients, we bring that substantial experience to every person we represent.

Defective Products Cause Serious Injuries

When a defective product has more serious issues than just not working, you may find yourself dealing with considerable repercussions, including:

  • Traumatic brain damage. If you strike your head at any point during your use of the product, it may cause a traumatic brain injury, including both short-term disorientation or loss of consciousness and long-term struggles with comprehension, sensory changes, and mood regulation.
  • Amputations. In the blink of an eye, a defective product can sever or crush a limb beyond repair. Losing a limb can prevent you from enjoying many of the activities that once shaped your life or leave you struggling to take care of things on your own.
  • Spinal cord damage. Spinal cord damage may cause temporary or long-term paralysis, depending on the severity of the injury. It can also restrict movement or lead to a lifetime of pain and struggle. Spinal cord injuries often prevent their victims from returning to their previous professions.
  • Organ damage. Sometimes, malfunctioning products can cause organ damage. Organ damage may limit your entire life for a long time after the accident, leading to pain, weakness, or increased medical problems.
  • Burns. Many products catch on fire when they work improperly, leaving their victims struggling with significant burns. Not only do burns cause extreme pain and infection, they also often lead to disfigurement and scarring. Burns can limit mobility and even, in extreme cases, lead to amputation of burned areas or death.

How Should You Seek Compensation After a Defective Product Injury?

After a defective product accident, you may need to seek compensation. Contacting a lawyer is often the first step in the process, since a lawyer can help walk with you through the claims process and ensure that the insurance company makes you a fair offer. Many people assume that hiring a lawyer will become the most expensive part of the claim process. In many cases, however, a lawyer can help increase your compensation or prevent you from making mistakes that could reduce the amount you recover. Once you have a lawyer on your side, consider these steps:

Determining Liability

In the case of a defective product, many people and entities may share partial responsibility for your injuries. The manufacturer, distributor, and even the store that sold the product can all, in some cases, share that responsibility. Working with a lawyer will help you more effectively determine where responsibility lies in your specific case.

Asking for Compensation

Once you know whom to seek compensation from, you need to know what compensation you deserve for your injuries. The compensation you obtain will vary based on your injuries, the insurance policy, and, in some cases, the number of people injured by the defective product (for example, a class action lawsuit). However, many victims of defective product injuries choose to ask for similar types of compensation.

  • Compensation for medical expenses related to injuries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential

Dealing With the Insurance Company

Sometimes, insurance companies may provide unfair offers that fail to reflect the compensation you deserve for your injuries. At this point, your lawyer can step in, helping you acquire the full compensation you are entitled to. Insurance companies may:

  • Issue a low settlement offer
  • Try to shift liability to you
  • Try to prove your injuries occurred at another time
  • Try to prove that your injuries caused fewer problems than you claim

In some cases, the insurance company may continue to fight the claim until you must go to court to recover a reasonable settlement. In others, the presence of a lawyer will convince the company of your seriousness, increasing the odds that it will issue a fair compensation offer early in the process. By working with a lawyer, you can gather the right evidence against the product manufacturer, better understand the compensation you deserve, and avoid mistakes that could cost you the full compensation you can obtain.

Do You Need a Product Liability Attorney?

If you need a product liability attorney in Atlanta, The Champion Firm is here to help.Contact us online or call today at (404) 596-8044 to schedule your free consultation.

Types of Product Liability Cases in Atlanta

Product liability cases come in many different forms, including the following:

MANUFACTURING DEFECT
We have all heard about a product being recalled. This occurs when the manufacturer or distributing company has noticed or been alerted to some sort of defect that may be dangerous or harmful to anyone who uses it. Proving a manufacturing defect can be difficult and expensive. If you are injured by a product, it is important that you keep the product and prevent it from being altered in any way so that your product liability attorney and any potential experts can inspect it.

DESIGN DEFECT
While manufacturing defects generally come from a safe product with faulty manufacturing, design defects are different. A design defect case is a type of product liability claim where the design of the product itself is alleged to be unreasonably dangerous. In this type of case, a product can be considered defective, even if it was made as it was intended to be made. All product liability cases are difficult, but design defect cases are particularly difficult because the manufacturer’s design decisions are being challenged. As with all product liability cases, design defect cases require a skilled product liability attorney to investigate and pursue them.

INADEQUATE WARNINGS
While manufacturing defects and design defects are very similar, inadequate warnings are a completely different side of product liability cases. These occur when a product lacks the appropriate warnings and instructions that are needed for safe use. Manufacturers do not have an obligation to warn about every potential danger associated with a product, such as those that are open and obvious to the user or dangers that result from an unforeseeable use of the product. However, manufacturers should provide adequate warnings and instructions of dangers that are known to the manufacturer and reasonably foreseeable. If you are injured because a product lacked proper warnings or instructions, you may be entitled to compensation through a product liability case.

The Atlanta Product Liability Attorneys of The Champion Firm, P.C. Can Help With Your Case

Atlanta personal injury attorney Darl Champion has successfully handled a number of product liability claims throughout Atlanta involving a variety of products, including boats, forklifts, balers, aerial lifts, and industrial equipment.

We have the knowledge and experience that is needed to successfully pursue these difficult cases.

If you want to know whether you or a loved one has a product liability claim, call The Champion Firm, P.C., to speak with an experienced product liability attorney. These cases are complex and are not always easy to prove. With the help of Darl Champion, you can feel confident knowing that you are working with an attorney who has experience representing clients who have been injured by defective products. Whether you have sustained an injury, fallen ill, or have been harmed in some other way due to manufacturing defects, design defects, or inadequate warnings, you deserve fair compensation.

Contact The Champion Firm, P.C., today to get started.