Everyone uses or comes in contact with various goods and products every day, from the coffee maker that brews our first cup of the morning to the cars we drive home in the evening. We assume that these items are safe because they are readily available, but this is unfortunately not always true.
Injuries from defective goods can leave you with life-long physical impairments and emotional trauma. They can also place serious financial burdens on you and your family. If you were harmed by a dangerous product, speak with a skilled injury attorney at Smith Hulsey. A Winder product liability lawyer could help you pursue the financial compensation you need and put your life back on track.
The public has the right to assume that the products they use are safe. When a good is unreasonably dangerous, even when used as intended, manufacturers and other parties may be held accountable for putting a defective product into the hands of consumers.
There are many kinds of products that have the potential for causing grave injury. Our legal team is experienced in handling product liability cases that involve the following common items:
Regardless of the specific product, an experienced attorney could help consumers in Winder hold commercial entities accountable for the defective goods they introduce into the marketplace.
There are three main ways that a product could be considered faulty or hazardous in a liability claim. These include design imperfections, manufacturing mistakes, and improper or inadequate labeling or warnings.
Design flaws occur during the development process and affect every unit of the product made. On the other hand, manufacturing mishaps happen during production and may result in a limited number of malfunctioning or tainted goods, such as a specific batch or lot. Problems with labeling involve unclear, incomplete, or misleading directions or promotional information. Defects in this area can also stem from a business’s failure to warn of dangers that are not obvious to the user.
Any participant in getting the goods to market may be held responsible in a product liability suit. The Official Code of Georgia § 51-1-11.1 explains that an injured plaintiff could be entitled to compensation from all parties in the stream of commerce, including:
One of our skilled attorneys could guide a Winder resident through the process of investigating the case, identifying the responsible parties, making a defective product claim, and negotiating a settlement. If necessary, our lawyers could also provide firm legal representation at trial.
In Georgia, injured persons must file lawsuits within the statute of limitations or risk having their cases dismissed. Under Georgia Code § 9-3-33, the window for raising a personal injury claim is two years. However, in product liability cases, Georgia Code § 51-1-11(b)(2) places an additional requirement of filing a complaint within ten years of a product’s initial sale.
Understanding the specifics of these two limitations can be tricky without a legal background. A knowledgeable local attorney could explain how these rules may apply to a specific product liability case and help injured parties meet the appropriate deadlines.
Manufacturers and others in the marketing chain will hire aggressive attorneys to protect themselves from liability. However, our Winder product liability lawyers are not afraid of confronting big businesses and holding them accountable. Call Smith Hulsey today to learn how we could advocate on your behalf and help increase your chances of receiving fair compensation.
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