Consumers expect to be safe from harm when they buy or use a product that’s been released to the public. If you’re injured by an unsafe product, it’s understandable to feel intimidated about your next steps. How do you regain what you’ve lost if you’re up against big companies and corporate lawyers? Thankfully, our personal injury lawyers have experience going toe-to-toe with big companies to get compensation for our clients.
At Kaine Law, we fight for victims and their families to receive a just financial award for their suffering. Our team is compassionate and caring towards our clients but ruthless against negligent companies who endanger them. With decades of experience and millions recovered for victims of serious accidents, our firm is ready to take on your legal battle, too.
What Compensation Can a Product Liability Case Get?
When you buy a product that doesn’t work, you can usually return it and get your money back. But when a product breaks and injures you, you shouldn’t be stuck paying the medical costs of that injury. With a product liability lawsuit, you should receive compensation for your expenses.
In a product liability case, there are two types of compensatory damages – economic and non-economic.
Economic damages refer to expenses related to your injury. Every product liability case is different. The compensation you receive under economic damages will depend on your actual losses. Compensation areas include:
- Lost wages. When you are unable to work due to your injury, any wages you did not receive, future wages, raises, commissions, and bonuses fall in this area. Suppose you are required to take a lower-paying job after the injury. In that case, the difference in your wages can be listed in your claim.
- Medical expenses. The cost of treatment for your injuries is included in this category, e.g. ambulance fees, hospital and emergency room treatment, surgery, occupational and physical therapy, medications, prosthetic devices, medical equipment, and more.
- Property damage. Damage that results from the defective product can qualify for compensation. For example, if you had a faulty air fryer that caused a fire and destroyed your kitchen, you can claim these losses in your case.
Receipts, statements from doctors, repair estimates, or other forms of documentation that testify to these losses will be used as evidence in your case.
Non-economic compensation doesn’t have a directly related dollar amount and includes subject losses such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
Although there are no receipts for these losses, a product liability lawyer will assign a dollar figure to this compensation to help with the emotional aspects of recovering from a severe injury.
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How Can a Product Liability Lawyer Help?
When you have a defective product that has caused you harm, a product liability lawyer can assist in filing a claim against the liable parties. The many tasks that a legal representative will undertake for you include:
- Investigate the accident
- Determine the liable parties
- Gather evidence to support your claim
- File all necessary paperwork regarding your claim
- Advise you on best practices
- Take care of communications between parties
- Negotiate on your behalf
- Represent you in court if necessary
When you hire our product liability attorney, they attend to all the details so that you can concentrate on healing from your injury.
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What if I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
The cost of legal help can seem daunting. Our property liability team makes having a lawyer affordable, beginning with a free case evaluation. Once we discuss your case, we can offer our assessment. If you hire our team, we work with no upfront costs and at no risk to you. You only pay if we win your case.
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How Do You Determine If I Have a Case?
When you call our product liability team, we will assess your situation. We listen to your account and determine if you have sufficient cause to file a case. Our team will evaluate whether the product was inherently dangerous or if you are eligible to file your case under Georgia’s strict liability laws, per O.C.G.A. 51-1-11.
We will collect evidence to support your claim that may include:
- Medical records
- Expert witness testimony
- The defective product
- Documents showing the manufacturer was aware of the defect
- Expert testimony of design defects
- Evidence that you were using the product as intended
If our product liability team determines that you have enough evidence to make a claim, we will advise you of your best course of action.
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Why Do Defective Products Make it on the Shelf?
Getting a product from the blueprint to neighborhood stores is a lengthy process that involves the product changing “hands” several times. Because of this, an error or defect can occur at these individual stages.
Defective products most often fall within three categories:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Marketing defects
What Do the Three Categories of Defects Look Like?
Suppose a product is defective from the beginning and no amount of quality construction or product warnings can help. In that case, the design is flawed. Even if manufacturing uses the exact design specifications, it is still a risk to future users.
If a product is manufactured incorrectly or with poorly manufactured parts, it can cause injury. Even when products are used correctly, per all manufacturer specifications, they break and cause damage.
Marketing defects include printed documentation enclosed with every product. These notices should contain safe handling instructions, precautions for proper use, unsafe practices, and other warnings about the product. This area also covers incorrect marketing or false advertising.
Who Is Liable for My Losses in Product Liability Cases?
During the investigation phase, our product liability team will determine what entities are completely or partially responsible for your injuries. We will look at every step of the manufacturing and distribution process, from product design to retail stores. We will hold them accountable to get you the compensation you deserve. Some of the entities that might have responsibility include:
- Design Engineer
- Product manufacturer
- Part manufacturer
- Assembly plants
- Wholesale distributor
- Retail distributor
How Long Do I Have to File a Product Liability Claim After My Injury?
Per O.C.G.A. § 51-1-11, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. For property damage, the time limit is four years. Under Georgia’s statute of repose, you may have as long as ten years from the date of sale for liability and some negligence claims. A product liability attorney can explain the laws limiting when and how you may file for injury or damage due to a product’s fault.
What Should I Do Next?
If you have injuries from a defective product, contact the product liability team at Kaine Law, serving Conyers, GA. Our team will assess your claim and be able to advise you on your next steps.