Need to File a Product Liability Lawsuit in Georgia?
Companies have a legal duty to ensure their products do not contain manufacturing defects, design flaws or inadequate warnings that can cause harm to consumers. Unfortunately, many products released each year put the lives and health of consumers at risk. Georgia product liability laws allow consumers or their surviving family members to file lawsuits against the manufacturer or other parties to obtain compensation for their damages. Any type of product may contain hazards, even commercial aircraft. Examples of products that may contain dangerous defects or flaws include motor vehicles, aircraft, children’s toys, electronics, home appliances, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs and medical devices.
Carroll Law Firm, LLC can help injured consumers or their families seek compensation for damages caused by a defective product. Atlanta product liability lawyer Stacey Carroll is an experienced trial lawyer who has helped clients seek justice against negligent businesses.
What Is Product Liability?
Consumers may be able to file a product liability lawsuit if they are injured by a defective product. Family members may also have options to seek compensation if they lost a loved one to a defective product. There are generally three reasons why people file product liability lawsuits.
- The product had a manufacturing defect. Manufacturing defects occur when some flaw in the manufacturing process causes a product to deviate from its intended design. For example, an error in adding chemical compounds to a tire during the manufacturing process may cause the tire to sustain a premature and catastrophic tread separation years later.
- The product had a defective design. Improperly designed products can injure or kill consumers. For example, two of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft crashed within a one-year period—both with a strikingly similar sequence of events just prior to fatally nosediving into the ground. An investigation revealed there were design flaws in the software used to prevent the plane from stalling.
- The product lacked labeling or warnings. Certain products must provide consumers with important information, such as hazards associated with using the product or instructions on how to use the product properly to avoid suffering harm. Manufacturers have a legal duty to warn of hazards associated with using their products.
How Do Georgia Product Liability Lawsuits Work?
Each state has its own rules for determining how a product liability lawsuit can be filed. States also have varying rules on which types of damages are compensable from a product liability lawsuit. In Georgia, the following rules apply to eligibility for filing product liability lawsuits:
- The defendant in the case is the party responsible for manufacturing the product that caused an injury or death.
- The plaintiff suffered damages, such as an injury, due to the defective state of the product.
- The product was defective when it left the custody or control of the manufacturer.
- The plaintiff or plaintiffs are not outside of the statute of limitations (which could vary greatly depending on the circumstances).
There are additional rules that could apply to a product liability lawsuit in Georgia. You should speak with an experienced Georgia product liability attorney to learn more about how state laws could apply to your potential case.
What Are Damages In a Georgia Product Liability Lawsuit?
You may be able to obtain compensation for certain types of damages. These may include:
- Economic damages. Examples of economic damages may include medical bills, lost income, loss of earning capacity and costs associated with in-home medical care or equipment.
- Noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages, also called pain and suffering damages, are associated with a loss of enjoyment in life.
- Punitive damages. Although rare, punitive damages may be awarded in a product liability jury trial.
About Our Atlanta Product Liability Lawyer
Stacey Carroll is an experienced trial lawyer who is passionate about helping people who suffered harm due to the negligent actions of others. As a dedicated trial attorney, Stacey Carroll prepares each individual case for trial, and will take his clients’ cases as far as needed to obtain justice.
If you suffered harm due to a defective product, then you can schedule a free consultation with Carroll Law Firm, LLC. Atlanta product liability lawyer Stacey Carroll can help you review possible legal options to pursue against the manufacturer. Call (404)816-4555 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.