Burn Injuries in the Home
Experienced Atlanta Burn Injury Lawyers Filing Lawsuits for Defective Household Products
Help for burn injury victims in Atlanta, Savannah and throughout Georgia
Consumers have a right to expect that the products they buy for household use will be safe. Safe usage includes making goods that do not go up in flames, explode, or release excessive heat. Household products should not cause electrical burns, chemical burns, or any other type of scalding burns. The makers, distributors, and retailers of home products make millions of dollars from the sale of their goods. Consumer safety, however, should not be sacrificed for a business’ bottom line.
At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, our Atlanta burn injury attorneys are experienced product liability lawyers. We understand that the makers and sellers of the products Georgians buy are in the best position to design, make, and inspect their products. We hold businesses accountable for failing to fully test their goods before they are sold. This accountability is based on our success in settling and obtaining some of the highest product liability awards in the state.
Product liability laws in Georgia
In Georgia, the makers, distributors, and sellers of defective products can be held strictly liable for the burn injuries and other injuries their products cause. Strict liability means that we do not have to prove negligence or unreasonable care. The core requirements of a consumer product liability claim that Atlanta and Savannah burn injury lawyers work to prove are:
- That the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer made the product or placed the product into the stream of commerce
- The product was defective
- The product defect caused the burn injuries
A product is defective if it was designed improperly or was made improperly. Improper manufacturing can include using cut-rate parts or not following the design specifications. Products can also be defective if the instructions are inaccurate.
The makers and retailers of unsafe products can also be held liable for negligence if it can be shown they did not use reasonable care. Additionally, our lawyers in Atlanta and Savannah often bring a legal claim for breach of an express or implied warranty when a product malfunctions.
Examples of defective products that can lead to burn injuries
Consumer organizations and watchdog groups have reported on the following types of products that have severely injured consumers. Some of the most common defective products include:
- Clothing and bedding that is made of highly flammable materials
- Smoke detectors that fail to work, causing death and fires that result in permanent scarring and severe disfigurement
- Toys made of flammable materials, or with faulty electrical components
- Defective gas tanks for lawn movers, propane grills or generators
- Malfunctioning or defective household appliances
- Heating equipment, such as space heaters, furnaces and boilers
- Faulty electrical wiring in the home or in devices/products
- Malfunctioning or defective fire extinguishers
Defective products should be recalled immediately, given the risk of burn injury or structural fires. Most should never have been on the market in the first place. Sadly, recalls often do not occur until multiple innocent users have been seriously and permanently inured.
Get help by talking with a Georgia product liability lawyer now
It is crucial that you contact our firm as soon as possible. We need to be able to have our team inspect the product that caused your injuries. Our Atlanta burn injury attorneys work with product safety experts who can analyze what type of defect there is and what harm was expected. We also work with your doctors to show that that the injuries have changed your life, and that they were caused by the defect.