Product Liability Lawyers in Georgia
Fighting for Clients in Greensboro, Alpharetta & Ellijay
As products became increasingly sophisticated and potentially dangerous in the 20th Century—and as the separation between production and consumption widened—product liability in the area of personal injury law became very important for both the manufacturers and the consumers.
Product liability is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause. When a product is defective and causes damage or injury, the designer, manufacturer, or distributor may be held liable. Georgia law entitles persons who are injured by a defective product to recover general or special damages.
It is because of lawsuits against manufactures—such as the automotive industry for defective and unsafe vehicles—that the automotive industry has corrected the situation by manufacturing safer vehicles that have resulted in fewer deaths and personal injuries. Consequently, there are fewer personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits arising out of defectively unsafe automobiles.
At the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker, our product liability lawyers in Georgia have been involved in righting this wrong by handling cases against the major automotive manufactures. Many of these cases have received large awards of adequate compensation for injured victims.
Product liability law is complex, which is why it’s important to speak to an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker if you’ve been hurt by a defective product. Contact us online or call (470) 450-1164 for a free consultation.
What Constitutes a Defective Product?
The most serious product liability cases and settlements in recent years have involved class action lawsuits filed against major manufactures of automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and dangerous medical devices. Defective products can extend to virtually every corner of the marketplace and result in injuries, from minor burns and lacerations to serious brain and spinal cord injuries.
Examples of defective product issues include:
- Defective auto parts
- Defective medical devices
- Toxic/chemical exposure to dangerous products
- Defective drugs
- Defective construction equipment/machinery and power tools
- Dangerous or defective toys
- Defective kitchen, bathroom, and other household appliances
Despite the presence of strict federal and state regulations and consumer-oriented protection agencies, defective products still make their way to millions of consumers each year. We are all consumers, after all, who profit greatly from living in an industrial society.
Four Claims to a Product Liability Lawsuit
The Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker’s product liability attorneys in Georgia can help you move forward quickly and ensure that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations. There are four different areas or cause of action that a products liability claim can be based on: negligence, breach of warranty, misrepresentations, and strict tort liability.
Negligence is when an individual who had a legal obligation either omitted to do what should have been done or did something that should not have been done. A manufacturing company can be found negligent if their employees did not perform their work properly and an unsafe product was made.
Breach of Warranty
Breach of warranty refers to the failure of a seller to fulfill the terms of a promise, claim, or representation made concerning the quality or type of the product.
Misrepresentation in the advertising and sales promotion of a product refers to the process of giving consumers false security about the safety of a particular product, drawing the attention away from the potential hazards of the product.
Strict Tort Liability
Strict liability involves extending the responsibility of the vendor or manufacturer to all individuals who might be injured by the product, even in the absence of fault.