Savannah Product Liability Lawyer
It is natural to assume that the products you use in your everyday life are reasonably safe for you and your family. Despite the legal obligations that manufacturing companies have to properly design, produce and safety-test their items, many products with dangerous defects make it into the hands of consumers.
If you’ve been injured by a defective product in Savannah, the attorneys at Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers can help you file a product liability lawsuit. We represent clients throughout the coastal regions of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
Why Hiring a Trial Attorney in Savannah Matters
If you were injured by a defective or recalled product, your lawsuit will most likely be against a major manufacturing corporation. The best way to level the playing field is by hiring a Savannah personal injury attorney to represent you. A trial attorney in particular will have the ability to strengthen your case and obtain maximum financial compensation for your current and latent needs. This is because insurance companies want to avoid going to trial and will generally offer higher settlements to do so when up against experienced trial attorneys.
What Is a Product Defect?
A product defect is an issue or mistake that makes a product unreasonably dangerous for the average consumer. Even if used correctly and as the manufacturer intended, a defective product can cause a serious injury, illness, or death due to an unexpected issue. There are three main types of product defects:
- Design defect. A design defect is an issue with the basic design elements of the item that creates a safety hazard, such as a children’s doll with a pull string that is too long and poses a risk of strangulation.
- Manufacturing mistake. A manufacturing mistake means that although the product was properly designed, an issue or error during manufacturing made it dangerous. An example is if a piece of machinery broke, and sharp pieces of metal fell into the doll’s stuffing.
- Marketing error. A marketing error is a product defect that exists with the packaging, instructions, or warning label of an item. An example is the failure to put an age range sticker on the packaging of a doll with small pieces that are only suitable for older children.
If your Savannah product liability attorney can prove that the item in question contained one of these defects and caused your injury, you will be eligible for financial recovery without needing to prove fault. In other words, you can hold a manufacturing company accountable for a defective product even if it was not negligent. Otherwise, you may still be able to bring a case based on negligence or a breach of warranty.
Common Examples of Defects in Product Liability Cases
Any type of consumer product could contain a defect that makes it unreasonably dangerous. At Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers, we have the resources and ability to represent clients during product liability lawsuits involving all types of products, including:
- Auto parts
- Building materials
- Children’s toys
- Food and beverages
- Heavy machinery
- Household appliances
- Medical devices
- Power tools
Whether you were injured by a defective product at work, on the road, or right at home, our attorneys can help you protect your legal rights. Our product liability lawyers can represent you during an insurance claim or injury lawsuit against a product manufacturer or distributor in pursuit of maximum financial compensation for your losses.
Common Defective Product Case Types
Product defects can cause serious injuries, leading to life-long consequences for the victim. Some of the most common types of defective products cases that we handle at our firm include the following:
A design defect occurs because a product was designed incorrectly. It is not an issue that occurs during production or at any other point. The product was designed as it was supposed to be according to the plans, but in this case, the plans were flawed. This means that every product made based on that design would have that defect.
For example, a power tool has an incorrectly designed safety guard, leading to significant injuries. All of these power tools would have the same design defect.
A considerable percentage of products come with clear warning signs or labels indicating the possibility of harm from the product if used without proper caution. This is incredibly common on children’s products, household appliances, and others that have the potential to cause serious harm. Warnings are typically required when the product presents a danger, the manufacture knows about this danger, the danger is present even when the product is used in the intended way, and the danger is not obvious to the user.
This type of defect happens during the manufacturing process. The product design is done correctly, but there are mistakes made while the product is being manufactured. The variation from the intended design causes the product to be more dangerous than consumers would expect.
Examples of manufacturing defects include when poor quality material is used, parts are attached incorrectly, or bolts and fasteners are used incorrectly, which can later result in a serious injury to the user.
Who is Liable for My Injuries?
Depending on the circumstances around an accident, the user of a defective or harmful product is eligible for compensation from whoever is responsible for the damage. More than one party might be held responsible in some situations, including the manufacturer, the distributor, or the retailer.
Proving Your Case
When you get injured by a defective product, you can usually file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. In Georgia, product liability claims are brought under a strict liability framework rather than negligence. This means that you don’t have to prove that the manufacturer or anyone else was negligent; you have to prove elements that show you were injured by the product. Under strict liability, you must prove the following:
- You were injured by the product
- The product was unreasonably dangerous when designed, manufactured, or sold
- The injury occurred due to the defect
At the time of the injury, the product was in substantially the same condition as it was when it left the manufacturer’s possession
Contact Our Savannah Product Liability Attorneys Today for a Free Case Review
If you believe you were injured by a defective product, don’t hesitate to contact Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers to request a free consultation about your rights. The manufacturing company or another party may be financially responsible. While we know that nothing can reverse your injuries, we also recognize the importance of holding someone accountable and obtaining the financial compensation that your family needs to move forward.
Discuss your potential product liability case in more detail with one of our injury attorneys in Savannah. Call (912) 335-1909 or contact us online anytime.