Product Liability Lawyers
We have a right to expect that the products we buy and use have been created with care, tested for quality and are safe to use as intended. However, manufacturers frequently cut corners to save even a few cents here and there, putting safety at risk. When a defective product causes a significant injury, the consequences might last a lifetime. Household appliances, autos, prescriptions, MEDICATION, and other items that are unsafe or harmful might leave you permanently injured, unable to work, and in debt.
Thomas Hunter Law Firm’s skilled product liability lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve so you can get back to living your life to the fullest.
Thomas Hunter Law Firm will fight for those harmed or killed due to defective products. With over 40 years of experience in all types of bodily and personal injury claims, we know what needs to be done and how to do it. If a dangerous product has injured you, don’t hesitate to contact us for help. We will give your case the attention it deserves and get justice for you or your loved ones.
The Types Of Product Liability Lawsuits
Product liability claims and lawsuits are the means by which defective product manufacturers (and in some cases, other parties, as well) are held accountable for the damages caused by those products. Some examples of defects that may exist in product liability cases include:
1. Manufacturing Defects
Sometimes, the design is good, but the construction of the product from the design is bad. Many products are an assembly of smaller components and the failure of even a single, small component may cause the entire product to fail. A company could produce many units which work as intended, but the failure of a component in some of those units may be due to lack of quality control among the manufacturer’s suppliers. This type of incident is detected in only a small percentage of a company’s manufactured goods. The failure rate of produced units is an important indicator to show what a manufacturer knew, when they knew and what, if anything they did about it. It is usually the responsibility of a claimant to show that the product was being used as intended and was not being abused when the failure occurred.
2. Design Defect
A design flaw is a weakness in a product’s original blueprint that makes it unnecessarily unsafe and risky for future users of the product. If the product was manufactured as designed and all of the units incorporate the dangerous attribute, the issue is with the design. A table saw without a safety rail or kill switch, for example, might be an example of a defective design for a table saw.
Ask these questions to assess whether a design defect exists:
- Was the product’s design unacceptably hazardous before manufacturing?
- Was it reasonable to expect that the product’s design would endanger a potential user?
- Couldn’t the maker have utilized a better method that was both cost-effective and didn’t change the product’s purpose?
If the injured party can respond yes to any of these questions, they may have a design defect claim and should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible.
3. Failure To Warn
A manufacturer may also be liable for injuries that result from a failure to warn. Many motorists, for example, will not know that the contents of a hot radiator are under pressure and can spew out the contents violently if the radiator cap is removed. Consequently, you will typically find a warning near the radiator cap under the hood of your car to warn you not to remove the radiator cap when the radiator fluid is hot. Manufacturers risk liability for injuries for their failure to warn of potential risks.
4. Warning Labels
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which maintains rules and standards for safety symbols, product safety signs, and labels, have made significant changes to their warning label requirements. The new rules favor more recognizable and straightforward characters to see, provide a more extensive explanation, and use visuals to demonstrate the safety dangers.
A warning label, according to ANSI, should advise the consumer of any potential hazards, as well as inform the customer about the seriousness of the danger associated with the product. In addition, these labels should instruct the viewer/customer on how to avoid the threat.
A warning should be prominently displayed and placed as near the hazard as possible. The label design should also have the product’s expected lifespan and regular use in mind.
Professional Product Liability Lawyer In Savannah, GA
We all expect consumer products to be checked for safety and quality control before buying them. Medical expenditures, lost income, pain, suffering, and emotional distress can be overwhelming when a manufacturer’s negligence causes severe damage or harm. If you are injured by a defective product, you will need an attorney who can obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
Thomas Hunter Law Firm has been the go-to firm for injured individuals and their families for over 40 years. The defective product attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, knows what is necessary to win these cases. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a product liability attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Some Of The Typical Product Liability Claims?
While any consumer product might be the subject of a defective product lawsuit, some are more common than others. Car parts, medical devices, lawn equipment, pharmaceuticals, toys, and power tools are the most prevalent products involved.
What Are The Most Common Forms Of Injuries In Product Liability Lawsuits?
Unsafe consumer products can result in severe and long-term injuries, resulting in thousands of dollars in medical expenditures or forcing you to miss work for extended periods. Broken bones, fractures, burns, internal injuries, paralysis, limb loss, blindness, wrongful death, and other serious injuries are examples of such damages.
What Is The Deadline For Filing A Product Liability Claim?
The statute of limitations on product liability claims is complex and will vary from state to state. There is a time limit attached to prosecuting every type of claim, however, including product liability claims. So, don’t take a chance and don’t delay. When you are injured, seek competent legal advice as soon as possible. Your lawyer will verify the statute of limitations on your claim.