Atlanta Product Liability Attorney
Glass & Robson Trial Attorneys
Every day, Americans buy countless consumer products to improve their health, safety, and welfare trusting that the items they purchase are safe for their families. When a consumer product injures or kills someone because of a flaw in the design the manufacturing process, the results can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, many household consumer products have hidden dangers, which can cause serious personal injury or even death. The types of dangerous and defective products that can result in serious personal injury and death often affect the most vulnerable in our society: children and the elderly. Some of the most common dangerous and defective products include children’s products, automobiles, and FDA-approved prescription drugs and medical devices.
Glass & Robson provides representation exclusively on behalf of injured consumers and their families who have been hurt or killed by dangerous and defective products (also known as Product Liability claims). Our attorneys have a long track record of successfully handling dangerous and defective product cases. We know first-hand the complexities involved in product liability cases. Our firm uses a team approach to provide direct assistance to those injured or killed by dangerous and defective products, and we will do everything necessary to position each case to maximize our clients’ chances of recovery.
WHEN CAN VICTIMS RECEIVE COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY DANGEROUS AND DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS?Manufacturers of dangerous and defective products may be liable for injuries and deaths resulting from normal, everyday use of their products. Unlike a negligence case, the legal principle that often applies in cases involving dangerous and defective products is called strict liability. In a strict liability case, the victim or their family is not required to prove the manufacturer was unreasonably careless or negligent in designing or manufacturing the product. Instead, the burden is on the manufacturer to perform sufficient and reliable testing before selling the product to consumers. In Georgia, there are three main bases to hold a manufacturer liable for injury caused by a dangerous and defective product:
(1) design-defect claims;
(2) manufacturing-defect claims; and
(3) failure-to-warn claims
A design defect occurs when there is some flaw in the overall design of the product making it inherently dangerous regardless of how careful a consumer is when using the product. To prevail on a design-defect claim, the injured party must prove that the product does not meet ordinary consumer expectations of what constitutes a “safe” product or that the benefit of the product is outweighed by its risks. A manufacturing-defect claim is based on some problem in the production of the consumer product. Such claims typically arise when there is a flaw in the manufacturing process or the manufacturer uses inferior materials. A failure-to-warn claim occurs when the manufacturer fails to notify consumers of dangers associated with the product when used as it was intended regardless of how well the product is made and/or designed. Oftentimes a dangerous and defective product case can be based one or more of these defects.
Put simply, if a dangerous and defective consumer product injures you or a loved one, the manufacturer may be held liable for allowing the product to enter the marketplace. Understandably, the right legal arguments to achieve success in these cases depends upon many factors, the most important being competent legal counsel that has the time and resources to devote to your case.
WHAT TYPES OF COMPENSATION ARE AVAILABLE IN PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIMS?Monetary compensation for injuries or death caused by a dangerous and defective product includes payment for both economic losses, non-economic damages and, in some cases, punitive damages. In product liability cases, a person who proves they were injured is generally entitled to receive:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Past, present, and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or loss of body part
- Emotional distress and anguish
In addition to these damages, which are meant to compensate the victim (or their family), a jury may also permit the injured person to recover punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are meant to punish those companies that choose to cut corners and ignore safety concerns. In addition, punitive damages help deter future misconduct by other businesses by publicizing the punishment of those manufacturers who are found guilty of egregious misconduct that hurts consumers.
WHAT CASES ARE GLASS & ROBSON INVESTIGATING?The attorneys at Glass & Robson provide personalized attention to every client injured or killed by dangerous and defective consumer products. Our firm has a special passion for helping to make products safer for consumers and their families. We have extensive experience handling a variety of product liability claims and are actively investigating new cases involving serious injury and wrongful death caused by the following:
- Dangerous drugs (Actos, Abilify, Pradaxa, Risperdal, Taxotere, Xarelto)
- Defective medical devices (IVC filters, Transvaginal Mesh, Defective Hip Implants, GranuFlo)
- Defective toys and children’s products (Unsafe Cribs, Pack-n-Plays, Carseats, Booster Seats, High Chairs)
- Defective vehicles and component parts (Defective Tires, Defective Airbags, Defective Seatbelts, Fuel-Fed Fires)
- Dangerous household items (Talcum Powder, Gas Can Explosions, Fireworks)
- E-cigarette explosions
The above list is just a sample of the types of cases our legal team is currently investigating and we have the expertise and resources to handle. Unfortunately, there are numerous other dangerous and defective products on the market, and it is only a matter of time before someone you love is seriously injured or killed by one.
HOW CAN AN ATLANTA PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWYER HELP?Lawsuits involving dangerous and defective products can be some of the most complex and expensive cases to pursue. In some cases, it can be a challenge to link the victim’s injuries to the use of the product. For example, if you or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer caused by using a dangerous drug, the drug maker may argue the cause of the cancer is not clear or was caused by something else. Personal injury attorneys at Glass & Robson work with knowledgeable and well-credentialed expert witnesses to develop scientific evidence and testimony to pursue a claim for damages.
In other cases, there may be multiple defective aspects of the product or multiple parties responsible for the loss. Our firm advises clients on the best course of action for getting them full and complete compensation for their injuries from all responsible parties. Many times it is important for the attorney to secure key evidence early and to make sure all individuals in possession of this evidence take appropriate steps to preserve it.
Often, victims harmed by defective products will join class actions or multi-district litigation because of the sheer number of other people injured by a defective and dangerous product. Of course, you should talk with the attorneys at Glass & Robson to find out what legal solutions are most likely to result in full compensation for your losses before deciding to join your claim with others and risk losing control over the case.
The lawyers in our firm have gone up against some of the biggest corporations and insurance companies in the country fighting on behalf of our clients for justice. We are ready to help you get the money you need to move forward after you or someone you love has been harmed or killed by a dangerous or defective product. Please give us a call at (404) 751-4702 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.