When we buy products, we are putting trust in the manufacturers and the distributors that this product is safe for us to use. If there is something about the product that is dangerous, we trust that there will be a warning for this danger. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes things “slip through the cracks” and can prove to be a danger to those who use the product. An unreasonably dangerous product can cause serious injury, or even worse, death. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a product that was defective in some way, you may have a product liability claim and be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you believe that you have a product liability case, contact an experienced product liability lawyer. Darl Champion at The Champion Firm, P.C. has worked on cases involving a variety of different products. We want to help you through the entire process and put your trust back into the products that you are buying and using.
Types of Product Liability Cases in Atlanta
Product liability cases come in many different forms, including the following:
- Manufacturing defects. 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.
It is also important to point out that there are additional time limits that govern product liability claims that run from the date of the product’s manufacture. This deadline is known as a statute of repose, which applies in addition to the statute of limitations in all personal injury cases. If you or a family member was injured by a manufacturing defect in a product, you need to consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience handling product liability cases.
- Design defects. 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 Office 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 Georgia 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.