We’ve all heard of recalls, but where do they come from and what are they intended to address? Recalls are linked to product safety, which is a major issue for consumers.
Each year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed by defective products. The area of law dealing with holding manufacturers and sellers responsible is known as products liability. When there is sufficient proof that a product was defective or inherently dangerous and that it was being used as it was intended to be used when the loss occurred, the consumer may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at the Mann Law Firm can help by reviewing your circumstances and discussing all available legal options. Call us at 478-742-3381 or fill out our online form. In addition to cases handled in Macon, we are prepared to handle claims on behalf of clients in Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville, and other Georgia communities. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case, and we are proud to offer free initial consultations.
Just about any product can be defective, but there are some categories that seem to occur more often than others, such as:
- Medical devices
- Power tools.
Products liability claims frequently reach beyond the manufacturer to other parties such as the designer, retailer, distributor, wholesaler, and anyone who modified the product. These entities have a responsibility to make sure that the product is made safely, that defective goods don’t enter into the marketplace, and that the directions, warnings, and labeling are available and adequate to protect the public.
While some goods have issues at the time they are made, others don’t develop them until after they are on the market. Many dangerous products are on the shelves and used by consumers long before any safety issues come to light. If a suspected problem is widespread, a recall may be issued, which seeks to remove or repair potentially harmful products. A company that discovers a problem can be proactive about a recall, but often, recalls are prompted due to concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If it is based on negligence, the plaintiff has to prove that the defendant breached a duty that was owed, that the plaintiff was injured, and that the breach was the cause of the injury. Under a theory of strict liability, the plaintiff must merely show that the product had an “unreasonably dangerous” defect that led to an injury while the product was being used in a way in which it was intended to be used. In addition to demonstrating a defect in the product itself, a plaintiff may also recover under consumer warranty standards. Products generally come with a guarantee of a certain of reliability and quality. The breach of either express or implied warranties can lead to personal injury and a products liability lawsuit.
Contact Our Macon Product Liability Lawyers
If a defective or dangerous product caused an injury or death in your family, the product attorneys of the Mann Law Firm can help. We aggressively seek full and fair compensation for our clients, and are always willing to take a case to trial if necessary. The damages available in a product liability claim may include compensation for medical bills, lost income due to time away from work, impaired earning capacity for future work, emotional distress, and wrongful death. Punitive damages may also be awarded as a way of punishing defendants who have behaved in a grossly negligent manner.
We have been successfully litigating personal injury cases across Georgia for over 50 years. Our job is to examine the circumstances of what caused the negligence and take action against the appropriate parties while focusing on our client’s future. It’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the injury, because any delay can cause critical evidence to be lost and make it harder to prove fault. You need an investigative team working on your behalf to locate and safeguard the evidence proving your claim. Although we cannot guarantee the outcome of any case, we can promise to listen, to advise, and to deliver unwavering legal advocacy on your behalf. Contact us at 478-742-3381 or use our convenient online contact form. Let us help you.
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